Structure of Ceremony

Your wedding ceremony can be your own personal creation and can be built on as you go along. I will help you to design a ceremony that is just perfect for your needs, or, if you prefer, I will design a ceremony for you. It may all seem overwhelming at first but we take it one step at a time and it comes together beautifully.

There are only two paragraphs from the Marriage Act 1961 that have to be legally included in the ceremony and they are as follows:

“I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. 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.”

And you both need to say, or repeat after me.

“I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, (name) take thee, (name) to be my lawful wedded wife.”

“I call upon the persons here present to witness that I (name) take thee (name) to be my lawful wedded husband.”


The following possible components are just a guide to help you on your way:

  1. Welcome

    To Family and Friends, the couple and acknowledging ancestors, family not present and guests from overseas.

  2. Introduction

    Sharing your values and views on marriage. Your meeting acknowledging the love and support of your friends and families. Acknowledging your children and family.

  3. Introduction of celebrant

    Explanation from the Marriage Act to state the authority of the celebrant and explaining what marriage means according to the law in Australia.

  4. Giving away, Parental blessing

    An opportunity for parents to be involved by pledging their love and acceptance of the marriage. Or the Traditional giving away. Or blessing by children.

  5. Reading

    A poem or verse read by the celebrant or by a family member or friend. Alternatively a song.

  6. The Vows

    You can write your own vows, I can write vows for you based on your ideas or you can use traditional vows. I will supply you with a booklet called create your own wedding ceremony which will help you to express what is important to you.

  1. Symbolic action:

    Again, all optional:

    • Exchanging of rings.
    • Lighting Candles.
    • Sharing wine.
    • Exchanging gifts.
    • Exchange of garlands.
    • Hand fasting.
  2. Declaration of marriage

    Pronouncement of husband and wife. The Kiss.

  3. Signing:

    The legal documentation, the register and certificates. You need two witnesses over the age of 18.

  4. Closing:

    A Blessing, reading or words of congratulations. Presentation of Marriage Certificate and couple announced to family and friends. Announcing the festivities.


It is a requirement that I introduce myself as the legal officiate of the wedding ceremony.

Feel free to contact me for any questions.