A little planning goes a long way for wedding day voters

CHOOSING THE POSTAL OPTION: Brent Armstrong and Amy Shergold will tie the knot on election day, September 7.
CHOOSING THE POSTAL OPTION: Brent Armstrong and Amy Shergold will tie the knot on election day, September 7. Contributed

THERE'S enough to worry about on a wedding day without having a federal election get in the way.

An estimated 1200 Australian couples are expected to tie the knot on September 7, election day, giving them an unexpected hurdle on what will hopefully be the biggest occasion of their lives.

But after planning their big day for the past year and a half, Amy Shergold and Brent Armstrong are not about to let a little thing like an election get in the way.

They will be getting married at Caloundra on September 7 - their three-year "anniversary".

"We're just going to do a postal vote," Ms Shergold said.

"It's not really a bother. We've left it up to our guests to decide what to do themselves with regards to voting."

Sunshine Coast marriage celebrants have also weighed in on the best way to manage votes when attending a wedding.

Noosa celebrant Linda Scholes recommended getting it done in a group on the way to the wedding.

"There's always a place on the way they can go in to," she said.

Celebrant Bill Scurry, who will be performing a wedding on election day, agrees, but only if it is a wedding late in the day.

"If it's an early wedding, you do a postal vote," he said.

Marriage celebrant Joshua Withers is in a unique position - it's his first wedding anniversary on September 7.

On his website, he has created a list of ways on how to work the election into any wedding.

They included display tweets, using the website, about the election results on a projector or LCD screen; having the bride walk down the aisle to Tracy Chapman's Talkin' 'bout a Revolution and turning the reception speeches into family debates.

Or perhaps the vows could be replaced by marriage policies.


  • Instead of throwing the bouquet to see who is getting married next, hold a poll at the reception and release the results during the speeches.
  • As her father gives the bride away, he says "I approve this message"
  • The vows can be replaced by marriage policies, with each statement beginning with "If elected I will …"
  • Introduce the worm into the reception, the dance, not the debate indicator.


Topics:  federal election 2013 marriage voting wedding day

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