Commitment Ceremonies / Non-Legal Weddings
Some couples prefer to be married without the legal commitment.
Commitment ceremonies are exactly like any other wedding ceremonies. The only difference being that they are not legally binding. A commitment ceremony is simply a public affirmation of a couples’ commitment to one another.
Commitment ceremonies can be as formal or as relaxed as you decide to make it and, like with all weddings, it can provide a meaningful and public celebration of a couples’ love for each other.
Content included in a commitment ceremony depends entirely on the couples’ own preferences, but I have provided a sample order of service below for your interest.
Welcome / Introduction
I will welcome guests to the celebration and say a few words about the couple’s relationship, and about commitment they are making.
Readings Best Celebrants
You can ask a family member or friend to share a reading that either you, or they, have selected, which holds specific meaning to you. You can view a list of my recommended readings HERE, or you may wish to include music lyrics, poems, passages of literature, famous quotes, or personal writings.
This is the part where the couple declares their commitment and makes promises for their future together. I am more than happy to assist you with the creation of these vows and you can view my Vows resource guide HERE.
Exchange of Rings
You may choose to exchange rings and say a few words about what they represent.
Pronouncement of Marriage
I will announce to your guests that you have been joined forever as partners in life – or any other alternative – and will invite you to share a kiss to seal and celebrate your vows/unity.
A professionally printed certificate of Commitment will be presented to the couple for signing, to commemorate the event. You can also select witnesses to sign the certificate as well, if desired.
Music Marriage Celebrants
Favourite songs/music can be played to set the right mood for the event.