Marriage Ceremonies can be as long or short as you many want! They can involve as many people as you wish, it maybe you and your partner and two witnesses or you and you partner, family, groom’s men, bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys and so on.
You may decide that a member of your family, friend walk you down the aisle, or that you a couple may choose to enter together. You may decide to dance down the aisle, it’s entirely up to you.
We talk about the term “giving away’ this is where traditionally you are given away to your partner, traditionally by your father; however, you may choose this to be your mother, a sibling, a friend…anyone! Or, instead some couples decided they would like a family blessing/acknowledgement, where the parents of the couple are asked to confirm their love and support of the marriage.
As a celebrant I welcome everyone, talk about love, the meaning of marriage and your story together. What you mean to each other, how you met if you wish.
As part of the ‘welcoming’ I can acknowledge your parents, grandparents, family/friends, people who are a special part of your life. We can also have a special mention to guests or family who have travelled to be at the wedding. You may want to acknowledge loved ones who are no longer with you, or absent family and friends.
Some couples choose to include some readings or poems. These can be read by me, as your celebrant or by family/friends, or even by you as a couple.
You may decide to include rituals or blessings, these can be traditional, religious or multicultural.
As a celebrant I must include the “Monitum” which is part of the Marriage Act 1961. The Monitum is these words;
“I am duly authorised by law to solemnise 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 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
I must complete “The Asking” where I ask you as a couple do you confirm your intentions to marry and that you both confirm you come to the ceremony in your own free will and if so, you reply “I do or we do.!
We then complete the vows, which include the requirement of some legal wording from the Marriage Act 1961 and of course you can state your personal vows to each other.
Exchanging of the rings, is also part of the ceremony. You as a couple can add a short saying or verse when you are exchanging your rings.
Signing of the register and the wedding documents is part of the ceremony with me as your celebrant and two witnesses.
I must complete “The Declaration” where I announces you as a couple, husband/husband, wife/wife or husband and wife. Then I present you as a newly married couple, and of course you walk about down the aisle followed by celebrations!
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