Marriage Information Guide
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.
The point of entrance for the wedding party
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.
I may speak about the couple regarding their relationship, or the journey they have shared together so far.
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.
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.
Where the newlyweds exit the ceremony, usually to music.
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!
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.
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 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
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
6. Bridal Gown(s)
7. Ceremony/Reception Styling
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