Your Wedding Ceremony

This is your ceremony and it can be designed according to your dreams and wishes with the inclusion of some basic legal requirements.

Your ceremony can be as romantic, traditional, contemporary and adventurous as you like. You can draw on traditional and spiritual elements and/or from other cultural customs  – you are limited only by your imagination.

In the most legal form, getting married may take only five minutes and only the Monitum, Exchange of Vows and Signing of the Certificates are legally required. However, most couples prefer a ceremony which you and your guests will remember forever as typifying your uniqueness as a couple and as celebrating the joyous occasion when you join together as husband and wife.

The more usual length of a marriage ceremony is approximately 15-20 minutes, if a symbolic sub-ceremony is included, then the ceremony would take approximately 25-30 minutes.

The following is a somewhat traditional and typical format, and is offered as a template upon which you may draw:

• Celebrant introduction
• Presentation of the Bride –  the  bride can be presented by father/family or choose to be already present with her groom.
• Welcome to bride and groom.
• A welcome to your guests on your behalf.
• Remembrance/Acknowledgements – to family members who have passed/unable to travel to e present/ parents for their support and love/to the traditional owners of the land
• Introduction – This is also an opportunity to say something about how you both met, your romance, your hopes and dreams for your life together.
• A optional Reading  – poem/reading/music and lyrics which have special meaning to you both reflecting the theme of your love for each other. This can be read by family/friend/Celebrant
• Marriage Address by Celebrant
• Celebrant Authority (Monitum) this is a legal requirement that your Celebrant remind you that you are entering into a legally binding contract to marry in front of witnesses.
• The Asking – The Celebrant formally asks the Bride and Groom if they consent to be married
• Exchange of Vows – this is a legal requirement.  The Bride and Groom separately call upon the people present to witnesses that they take each other as their lawfully wedded husband/wife
• Sub-ceremony/Ritual – Ring Ceremony and/or other special ceremony, eg hand-fasting, unity candle, sand ceremony  (optional)
• Declaration of Marriage by Celebrant
• Kiss/Embrace (optional)
• Blessing by Celebrant/ Family member/friend – poem/special words/music/lyrics.
• Signing of the Register
• Presentation of married couple