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Wedding ceremony format

In civil ceremonies, the content and readings (poetry and/or prose) are non-religious unless the couple specifically requests some religious content. This is often included when there are family members for whom religion is important.  It is a way in which a civil ceremony can be adapted to meet the needs and wishes of the couple and their families.

Wedding ceremony :  While the only legally required components are shown in bold, most ceremonies will include other traditional elements as they add to the impact and enjoyment of the ceremony.  You may want to include any of the following:

  1. Welcome
  2. Legalities
  3. Introduction
  4. Reading - poetry/ prose
  5. Participants wishes
  6. Monitum from the Marriage Act
  7. Reading / Couples View of Marriage
  8. Vow Exchange Introduction
  9. Giving Away/ Presentation of Groom and / or Bride/ Thank You to Parents
  10. The Asking
  11. Exchange of Vows
  12. Exchange of Rings
  13. Short Reading / Ritual
  14. Declaration of Marriage
  15. Signing of the Register
  16. Conclusion
  17. Reading - poetry/ prose
  18. End of Ceremony
  19. Announcements
  20. Closing Statement

Readings, singing and music  are good opportunities to include family and friends in the ceremony

Most couples will choose at least three pieces of music - Arrival, Signing the Registers, Leaving the ceremony. 

Your celebrant from The Celebrants Network will be able to explain the elements of the wedding ceremony and offer you ideas and advice.

Last modified on Friday, 31 January 2020 23:27