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A Civil Wedding Ceremony

What to consider when planning your ceremony: 

Today’s modern couples seemed to have set a precedent for others by moving away from the formal sombre ceremonies of the past. My experience is that they want their ceremony to be authentic, memorable, relaxed, personalised, different and sometimes upbeat.

Couples usually have some idea of what their wedding ceremony should be like but very few know the format of a traditional ceremony. The theme, style and length of marriage ceremonies vary accordingly and are influenced by a number of factors- the couple’s personality and expectations, the celebrant, ceremony location, urgency, time of day, budget and personal situation.

You need to feel a connection with your Celebrant, one who will listen to your ideas, offers constructive suggestions and willing to work with you to create the ceremony that you want. If this does not appear to be happening…. choose another.

Consider what you want to include in the ceremony. I can suggest readings, rituals and an assortment of inclusions that you could consider. Remember, other than the required legal parts in *Purple, the content is entirely up to you!
Almost anything is possible!

A Traditional ceremony can take from 15-45 minutes depending on content and style.

Typical Ceremony format

Bridal Party Entrance
Celebrant’s Welcome
Giving Away – (optional)
Celebrant’s Introduction
Reading 1- (optional)
Couple’s Story
* Monitum (Celebrant’s legal requirement)
The Asking * Vows
A Ritual (optional)
Exchange of Rings
Reading 2 – (optional)
Declaration of Marriage
‘The Kiss’
* Signing of Marriage Register

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