As a celebrant there are lots of things I need to do to ensure your wedding is legal, including upholding the Marriage Act and correctly completing all your paperwork. When it comes to the ceremony on the day there are four things that MUST be part of your ceremony. The great news is,that everything else you decide to include (or not) in your ceremony is entirely up to you.
The fours things that MUST be part of your ceremony…
- I must say your full names, including all middle names, at some point in the ceremony.
- I must say the ‘monitum’ which, in a nutshell, is letting everyone know that I can legally marry you and explaining to you and your guests what marriage is defined as in Australia.
- When exchanging vows you must say “I ask the people here present to witness that I (Grooms name ) take you (Brides name) to be my lawful wedded wife” and vice versa. You can then say whatever you would like for the rest of your vows.
- We must sign three marriage certificates; one to be sent to the office of Births, Deaths and Marriages, one that I keep in the Marriage Register and a presentation copy (the one with the pretty curly writing).
So, there really isn’t a lot that you have to include in your ceremony and there is so much scope to make your ceremony your own. Of course, I work with you to give you ideas, guidance and inspiration to create a ceremony that you love and that really reflects who you both are as a couple.