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Who's up for an adventure?  In today's blog Celebrant Melanie Lawson takes us through a rollercoaster of  adventurous ideas for your ceremony...

Traditionally, ceremonies are held in beautiful gardens, stately buildings or churches.  However, there are many other options!  Weddings, memorials and other life ceremonies can be conducted in more adventurous ways to reflect the interests and lifestyle of those involved.  All you need is a good imagination and a celebrant who is daring! 

As a scuba diver, I would love to conduct a ceremony under water.  While this is possible, marriages still need to include the legal wording which must be heard by all those present at the ceremony, including two witnesses.  The logistics of exchanging rings under water would also be a bit tricky!  So in Australia, to have a legally recognised marriage you could have a two-part ceremony with legal vows on land and then diving underwater to exchange your personal vows (via your writing tablets), or to conduct a wedding ritual of some kind. 

Nature enthusiasts might like to have their ceremony underground in a cave; on top of a mountain at dawn; in a zoo at night; or while sailing downriver.  Imagine getting married in Antarctica surrounded by penguins!

Adrenaline junkies could include a sky dive, jet boat ride or bungy jump as part of a ceremony.  Adventurous ceremonies are not just for couples getting married.  Imagine surprising a favourite relative with birthday event that celebrates their passion for adventure! 

Other less strenuous ceremony ideas include a costume event – think medieval festival, Star Wars or ancient Egypt.  For a spooky thrill you could hold your ceremony in a haunted house. 

The Celebrants Network has loads of celebrants from diverse backgrounds with a variety of interests. We would love to hear of your ideas and our Celebrant Directory can connect you with just the right person for your adventure ceremony.

 

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Melanie Lawson on Saturday, 07 August 2021 08:56
Marriages at sea

Hi Steve, you are living the dream! Coming from a rural area I haven’t had to deal with this scenario so maybe another of our colleagues will have a better answer to your question. We can solemnise marriages anywhere in Australia including territorial waters, so technically a marriage on a boat is possible. When I did my training we were advised to contact the AG’s Marriage Law and Celebrants Section for guidance about these weddings.

Hi Steve, you are living the dream! Coming from a rural area I haven’t had to deal with this scenario so maybe another of our colleagues will have a better answer to your question. We can solemnise marriages anywhere in Australia including territorial waters, so technically a marriage on a boat is possible. When I did my training we were advised to contact the AG’s Marriage Law and Celebrants Section for guidance about these weddings.
Guest - Steve Fraser (website) on Saturday, 07 August 2021 04:44
The NOIM

I love the idea of adventure weddings in unusual places. But just a quick question, as I live and work in the Whitsundays, a popular boating location,and have recently qualified,
we get quite a few couples who want to get married on the sea. I'm am just wondering what address we should use on the NOIM. Any ideas?

I love the idea of adventure weddings in unusual places. But just a quick question, as I live and work in the Whitsundays, a popular boating location,and have recently qualified, we get quite a few couples who want to get married on the sea. I'm am just wondering what address we should use on the NOIM. Any ideas?
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