The Wedding Ceremony Design
Together we will design a ceremony to suit you, I have many samples to assist us.
The only words that are compulsory under the Marriage Act are:
CELEBRANT MUST SAY:
My name is Fiona Nicholls and as a registered marriage celebrant, I am duly authorised to solemnise marriages according to law. (Name) and (Name) – 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 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.
(This is called the “Monitum”)
BRIDE AND GROOM MUST EACH SAY:
I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, (Full Legal Name), take you, (Full Legal Name), to be my lawful wedded wife/husband.
CELEBRANT & 2 WITNESSES AGED 18 OR OVER MUST SEE AND HEAR THE VOWS BEING EXCHANGED & SIGN THE 3 CERTIFICATES.
THE DESIGN – COMMON CEREMONY INCLUSIONS & ORDER:
INTRODUCTION: An introduction and an optional personal story about how you met and came to be married (read by celebrant)
READING: One or 2 readings of your choice read by family members or close friends
VOWS: A promise when saying your vows, which can be solemn or a bit more personal to suit you
As an example: (Name), I promise to love, treasure and respect you.
I promise to be loyal to you and believe in you.
I promise to trust in you in the good times and bad.
I promise to confide in you and be interested in and supportive of your work
I promise to share life’s adventures and events with you as a friend.
I look forward to welcoming with love the gift of children.
You can entrust your heart to me, I love you.
RINGS: Exchange of rings:
Whilst placing ring on finger
As an example: (Name), with this ring I take you to my heart as my one and only great love, for always and forever.
A kiss on pronouncement that you are husband and wife
A RITUAL (optional):
* ROSE CEREMONY – give a rose to each other or give a rose to your mothers in gratitude
* SAND CEREMONY – combine 2 different colour sands into one or more colours to involve children
* HAND-FASTING CEREMONY – hold hands a tie a ribbon or cords around both
* BREAKING OF THE GLASS UNDERFOOT
* WINE – SHARING OF WINE
* STONE CEREMONY
* BUTTERFLY/DOVE RELEASE
* CANDLE LIGHTING
* COIN CEREMONY
* UNITY BOWL RITUAL
* WARMING OF THE RINGS
* CHILDREN – if either of you have children we can include them in a ritual that suits them
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