Planning Our Ceremony

Below is an outline for the procedure of a Marriage Ceremony. Words underlined are compulsory and must be said during the ceremony.

Introduction (Essential): A welcome followed by the principles of belief surrounding marriage.

"My name is Norman Lilley and I am duly authorised by law to solemnize marriages according to law.
"(Bride/partner 1) and (Groom/partner 2) 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 two people, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.

A Reading(Optional): Your choice of verse or prose, or you may choose a song.

Personalised Section (Optional): Information about the relationship that is relevant. It can be light and breezy, romantic or serious.

Giving Away (Optional): Traditionally the father "gives the bride away?. This can be structured to involve both mother and father or perhaps any children of the bride or a special friend.

The Asking (Optional ) : A formal question in relation to your intentions.

Vows (Essential): Your promises. They need to acknowledge your life long commitment but can also say anything that you wish to promise to each other.
"I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, (Bride/Bridegroom/Partner 1) take thee (Bride/Bridegroom/Partner 2) to be my lawful wedded (wife/husband/partner). Or words to that effect.

Exchange of rings (Optional): Usually followed by a personal vow by the bride and groom.

Ceremony (Optional): This can be a Rose Ceremony, Handfasting Ceremony or any other type of ceremony the bride and groom wish.

Declaration (Essential): "I now pronounce you husband and wife or partners.

Signing of the Register and Marriage Certificate (Essential): Whilst the signing is taking place, music can be played or perhaps a reading.

Introduction of the Married Couple (Optional).

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