When designing a marriage ceremony there are elements that have to legally be included and there are elements that you can include or leave out depending on what your preference is.
I generally offer two styles a completely personalised ceremony or a simple legals only ceremony in a location of your choice. For more information on each ceremony click here
The following legally has to be included in your ceremony
- Celebrant Authority
The celebrant has to say the follow prior to the vows being said:
“I am duly authorized 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 two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
- Vows – You legally need to say the following when exchanging your vows
“I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, (First name) take thee, (First name) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband”.
This can be changed to “I ask everyone her to witness that I (First name) take (First name) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband
Then you can personalise your vows however you choose, your vows can be as long or short as you like.
- Use of full names at least once during the ceremony
The names stated on the Notice of Intended Marriage – as per your Birth Certificate or Passport must be used at least once in full prior the vows.
- Introduction of celebrant’s full name and that they are an authorized celebrant.
I must state my full name and announce my legal authority to solemnize the marriage. This must be done prior to the vows.
- Signing of Certificates and marriage register
*you must have two people over 18 years of age to witness your marriage and sign the certificates
This is done immediately after the ceremony.