Your ceremony

WEDDING CEREMONY ELEMENTS

Your ceremony can be long or short, serious or lighthearted, full of music or poetry, involve everyone you know or a few key people. It’s up to you!

After our first interview, I will draft up a complete ceremony for your day, based on your wishes.

Before we get started, you might like to think about the elements you want to include/ not include in your ceremony. Often, a ceremony follows a format similar to this:

entrance

Bride arrives, walks up isle with parents/ bridesmaid(s)

Variation: Bride and Groom walk up isle together

welcome

Welcoming/ introduction/ housekeeping, e.g.

  • put your phone on silent if you haven’t already done so
  • photography restrictions
  • thank attendees who traveled interstate/ international
  • acknowledgement of those who can’t be with us
  • acknowledgement of country

poem

Read by a family member or friend

story of the couple

A little bit about the couple’s journey, maybe a funny anecdote about how the couple met or became engaged, sharing hopes for the future and reflections on love/ marriage.

reading, prayer or ritual

Read by a family member or friend

legally required by celebrant:

“As a registered marriage celebrant, I am duly authorised by law to solemnize marriages according to law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.” [ the wording here is mandatory and dictated by the Marriage Act. ]

commitment

e.g. Groom: Charlotte, I love you and promise to cherish you forever…(etc)

legally required minimum vows

Bride: I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, ABC, you, XYZ, to be my lawful wedded husband.

Groom: I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, XYZ take you, ABC, to be my lawful wedded wife

ring exchange

declaration

With great happiness, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss!

marriage certificate signing

Signed by couple+ 2 witnesses+ celebrant

congratulations

Friends and family congratulate the bride and groom

OTHER IDEAS

Feel free to work outside of tradition or not follow the format above. With the exception of the legally required bits, the way you get married is really up to you.

Some more suggestions to get you thinking on the ideas page.