The Wedding Ceremony Design

Together we will design a ceremony to suit you, I have many samples to assist us.

Compulsory inclusion

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

For more information try our Wedding Celebrant Melbourne homepage