Designing Your Ideal Wedding Ceremony

Let’s start planning your Wedding Ceremony! To ensure your wedding ceremony is beautiful and meaningful, a meeting with your celebrant is essential. This document serves as a starting point for crafting a ceremony that reflects your preferences and creates a memorable experience.

Legal Requirements for Marriage in Australia

To become legally married in Australia, specific legal requirements must be fulfilled. This includes the involvement of a celebrant, filing a ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ (NOIM) no later 31 days prior to the ceremony, presenting identification, and meeting age criteria.

Legal Procedures at the Ceremony

Certain legal procedures must be followed during the ceremony:

  1. The celebrant must identify themselves and state their authorisation.
  2. Each person entering into marriage must declare their commitment verbally.
  3. Completing paperwork and signing marriage certificates is a mandatory step.
  4. The two witnesses, aged over 18, must sign the Marriage Register and Certificates.

Optional Inclusions for Your Ceremony

Music: Setting the Emotional Tone

Consider incorporating music before, during, and after the ceremony. Choose pieces that hold personal significance to enhance the emotional atmosphere.

Walking Down the Aisle: A Personal Choice

The traditional procession down the aisle is a personal choice. Couples may enter together, alone, or with family and friends.

Standing Positions: Modern Versus Traditional

In modern ceremonies, standing positions are flexible, especially with same-sex marriages. There are no strict rules about who stands where.

Celebrant Welcome: Traditional or Informal

The celebrant’s welcome can follow a traditional or informal style, offering flexibility in how the ceremony is initiated.

Words About Marriage: Emphasising Commitment

Consider having the celebrant emphasize the significance of the commitment being made, including roles and duties in marriage.

Personal Vows: A Deeply Personal Moment

While legal vows are mandatory, couples can also express personal vows, creating a profoundly personal and significant moment.

To Kiss or Not to Kiss: A Personal Decision

The ceremonial kiss, although romantic, is optional. Couples can choose whether to include it based on personal preferences.

Being Given Away: A Personal Decision

Modern brides may choose not to be given away, challenging the traditional practice. The decision is deeply personal and respected.

Witnesses: A Flexible Choice

While witnesses are required, couples have flexibility in choosing anyone over 18 present at the ceremony.

Readings: Optional Elements

Include readings if desired, such as favorite stories, poems, or Bible verses, or omit them if they don’t align with your vision.

Rituals: Adding a Unique Touch

Consider incorporating rituals like a sand ceremony, ribbon ceremony, or wine sharing ceremony for a unique and meaningful touch.

Presentation of the Couple: Wrapping Up the Ceremony

While not compulsory, presenting the newly-weds to family and friends is a classic way to conclude the ceremony.

Conclusion and Collaboration

This guide provides a framework, but every ceremony is unique. Your celebrant looks forward to collaborating with you, bringing your vision to life, and ensuring your wedding ceremony is a true reflection of your love and commitment. So let’s do this and start planning your Wedding Ceremony!