Wedding Ceremony Outline 

The following outline is an example of what can be created for your ceremony. You can add, remove, expand or change what you like. The bold sections are legally required.

  • Entrance / Beginning

  • Welcome, introduction and the Marriage Act* and Full Legal Names

  • Acknowledgement of family, friends, wedding party

  • Personal Story

  • Symbolic gesture / New traditions

  • Reading

  • Wedding Vows**

  • The Asking

  • Exchange of Rings

  • Declaration of Marriage

  • Signing of Certificates and Marriage Register

  • Congratulations!! You’re Married!!!

  • Wishing you well for the future

  • Ceremony close - big cheers and congrats!

*Marriage Act - legal wording My name is Kate Mac and I am legally registered to solemnise marriages according to the law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the formal 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.

**Wedding Vows - legal wording I ask the people here present to witness that I, (spouses full name), take you, (insert spouses full name), to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/ spouse /partner in marriage.