Many couples have never been married before and are not sure what to expect. Don't worry - it's easy!
For the marriage to be legal, there must be
1. a consent to marriage (the I do's),
2. vows, and
3. the Monitum (where the Celebrant is required to state that they are authorised to solemnise the marriage, and remind those present of the legal definition of marriage according to law).
Apart from these three legal considerations, the remaining elements are up to you. This is your ceremony and, as you have opted for a marriage celebrant wedding you are free to be as creative as you wish!
The marriage ceremony can be divided into the following sections and can happen in any order. You can add to, rearrange, or delete to suit.
- Guests gather (have them all there 15 - 20 minutes before the brides arrival)
- Pre-ceremonial music (sets the mood)
- Groom and groomsmen in place
- Processional music and entrance of bridal party
- Welcome to those attending
- Thanks to parents/parents-in-law and other family members
- Acknowledgment of absent or deceased family members and friends
- Giving away/presentation of the bride
- Brief history and highlights of your life together
- Monitum: Statement by celebrant
- The asking - the "I do" part
- Vows - your promises to one another
- Exchange of rings
- Declaration of marriage
- The kiss - usually the grand finale!
- Signing of official register and certificates by Bride, Groom and two witnesses (usually takes a few minutes so consider playing music and/or serving drinks)
- Presentation of marriage certificate
- Introduction of married couple as husband and wife
- Walking down the aisle
- Group photo