Marriage is an exciting time for all involved and it is always to be remembered for the right reasons. It is important that the ceremony composed is one that you both want and reflective of your personalities. With this in mind you are encouraged to work very closely with your Marriage Celebrant putting together a ceremony that will always be remembered. Ceremonies can be formal or relaxed and informal, but always sincere.
A Civil Marriage Celebrant has certain obligations under the Marriage Act 1961 and these will be explained to you at your first meeting. Other than that the content of the marriage ceremony is totally your choice.
You will be supplied with sample ceremonies and verses that can be used, however you are not obliged to use any of them. Additionally, you could mix and match parts of ceremonies to arrive at the most suitable ceremony for your particular requirements. It may well be that you are able to compose your complete ceremony and this is acceptable providing it complies with the obligations of the Marriage Celebrant under the Marriage Act.
Family and friends can also be involved. Perhaps you have certain readings or verses that you would like them to present for you. Many couples arrange for music to be played at the ceremony: this could be taped, maybe be a string trio of musicians or even a harpist or piper. Whatever it takes to complete your special day, can be easily incorporated.
At the completion of the ceremony you will be required to sign the Marriage Register and Marriage Certificates, together with two witnesses over the age of eighteen and the Marriage Celebrant. You will be presented with your Marriage Certificate and a complimentary copy of your marriage ceremony.