wedding

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If you’re getting married in Australia there are a few legals words which you absolutely have to say if you want your marriage to be legally recognised here, but you don’t have to say, “I do.”

To make it really simple for you, here are the words which you have to say:

Groom: “I …………. call upon the people here present to witness, that I take you …………. to be my lawful wedded wife.”

Bride: “I ……………. call upon the people here present to witness, that I take you ……………… to be my lawful wedded husband.”

And, just so you’re totally clear, the only other words which absolutely have to be said during your ceremony are these, which I, as your celebrant, have to say:

“I am legally registered to solemnise marriages according to the law.   {YOUR NAME} and {YOUR BELOVED’S NAME}, before you 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 now 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.”  Tadaah!! And that’s it.

Apart from that, what gets done or said during your wedding ceremony is totally up to you.  You can sing, dance, read poetry, say your personal vows to each other, whatever you like.  And that’s where I come in – I’m here to give you lots of fantastic ideas that will help you create an awesome ceremony, just the way you want it.

If you’d like to talk to me about the ideas you have or to see if I’m available on your big day, contact me now.  I’d love to help.