What do we need to include in the ceremony?

The following elements of a wedding ceremony are those commonly included. When we meet to discuss and develop your unique celebration, you can select from these, and more. Listed in bold are the elements that legally must be included but otherwise you are free to remove or add sections to create a ceremony that reflects exactly what you want from your day.


  • Introduction/Welcome

  • Monitum (Celebrant Authority)

I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Before you, [bride] and [groom], 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 a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.

  • Presentation of bride/groom/both (Giving Away) or Asking for Parents’ Blessings

  • Reading

  • The Asking

  • Vows (which must include but are not limited to the following)

I [call upon/ask] the [persons/people] here present to witness that I, [bride] take [thee/you], [groom] to be my lawful wedded [husband/spouse].

  • Ring Ceremony

  • Declaration of Marriage

  • Kiss

  • Signing the Register & Certificate

  • Invitation to Congratulate the Couple

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