Marriage Information Guide

By Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito

 

As your Celebrant

As your Celebrant, I will provide a warm, relaxed and professional service while at the same time incorporating your beliefs and lifestyle into a ceremony that is perfectly suited to you and your expectations. My priority is to ensure that you are completely comfortable with the whole process and are confident with the knowledge that I will not only present you with a memorable and enjoyable ceremony, but will also ensure that all the legalities and paperwork will be taken care of, on your behalf.

 

Planning Your Ceremony

To help you to plan your ideal wedding, I have listed below, the main elements currently included in a standard civil ceremony.
These, however, need only be used as a guide, and, apart from certain legal requirements, can be changed to suit your needs and expectations.

Processional

The point of entrance for the wedding party

Welcome

Celebrant welcomes the guests, gives a brief explanation of the day’s proceedings and talks briefly about what marriage means to the couple

The Giving Away/ Parental Acknowledgement

Acknowledge or thank parents for their love + support over the years and ask them for their blessing. Or, in keeping with tradition, ask the father of the bride whether he officially gives his daughter to be married.

Introduction

I may speak about the couple regarding their relationship, or the journey they have shared together so far.

Monitum

Legal wording required before a marriage can be solemnised.

Declaration of intent to marry

Another legal requirement where the couple formally, and publicly, declare their intent to marry in the presence of witnesses.

Vows

The promises made between the couple.

Exchange of wedding rings or gifts

An exchange of rings is not compulsory to solemnize a marriage., you may choose to exchange gifts instead, or omit this element altogether.

Declaration of Marriage

The Celebrant declares the couple married, in whichever way they choose, and invite the them to share a kiss to celebrate.

Signing of the Register

The couple, their two official witnesses and the celebrant all sign the marriage registry.

Presentation of the Bride & Groom

The couple are introduced to guests as a married couple for the first time.

Recessional

Where the newlyweds exit the ceremony, usually to music.

 

Legal Requirements

Although, part of my service as your marriage celebrant, is to ensure most of these legal requirements are taken care of on your behalf, making everything as easy as possible for you, I have compiled a list of obligations that must be met to ensure your marriage is a legal one!

Click here for all the Legal Requirements →

 

Relationship Education Services

Marriage guidance and relationship education is extremely valuable in strengthening and enhancing an existing relationship.
You are both in love and want to ensure that your commitment is life long.
Pre-marriage workshops are designed to simply build on and enhance your relationship skills.

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, I have enclosed a brochures for your perusal, or if you prefer to contact a service in your area, the following website links may be able to assist.

Click here for available Relationship Education Services →

 

Wedding Traditions & Customs

Where wedding ceremonies are concerned, there are so many different traditions and customs from all over the world. No matter what your nationality, race or life choice, in almost all cultures, there is a tradition, custom, or symbol that you, as an individual can relate to.

Click the following link to view some of the great options available, or if you simply wish to understand the origins of some of the most traditional wedding customs.

Wedding Traditions + Customs →

 

Wedding Ceremony Checklist

One thing I always like to advise couples, is to keep a checklist of all the important things they may need/want to remember on their wedding day.

Please feel free to use the list I have created below for you, and add your own personal items in the space provided.

One Week Prior to Wedding Day

1. Wedding Rehearsal OR Final Meeting with your Celebrant

2. Complete and Sign a Statutory Declaration with your Celebrant

3. Create/ organise copies of any readings for your speakers

4. Decide who will collect the Wedding Certificate at the conclusion of the Ceremony

5. Final payment of Celebrant Fees due

6. Confirm location, date & time with all suppliers

7. Purchase any supplies required for Unity Ceremonies/ Symbolic rituals, Cultural inclusions

8. Contact Bureau of Meteorology to check for weather conditions on day of wedding

 

Wedding Day

1. Present Rings/ Gifts to be exchanged to Ring/Gift Bearer

2. Pack Spare Copies of any Readings, or ask Celebrant to provide them

3. Pack emergency kit (bandaids, lip balm, safety pins, tissues, sun cream, hair pins etc)

4. Pack device with ceremony music, if supplying yourself (ensure files are saved OFF LINE)

5. Contact VicRoads to check for traffic conditions/ delays

6. Pack any supplies for Unity Ceremonies/ Symbolic rituals, Cultural inclusions

7. Check the Bureau of Meteorology for any changes in weather and advise all suppliers if a change to the ceremony location is required.

 

Wedding Vendor Checklist Suggestions

1. Ceremony Location

2. Reception Venue

3. Celebrant

4. Photographer

5. Videographer

6. Bridal Gown(s)

7. Ceremony/Reception Styling

8. Flowers

9. Catering

10. Cake

11. Invitations/ Save the Dates/ Thank you cards

12. Grooms Attire

13. Bridesmaids Attire

14. Groomsmen Attire

14. Flowergirl/ Page Boy/ Ring Bearer Attire

15. Hair & Makeup

16. Wedding Cake

17. Reception + Ceremony Music

18. Master of Ceremonies (MC)

19. Cars/ Transport

20. Jewellery/ Shoes/ Bags

21. Bonbonniere/ Gifts for guests

22. Photo Booth

23. Wedding Night Accommodation

24. Honeymoon

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