Brisbane Celebrant, Anthony Walsh, writes wedding ceremonies with and for his clients. This is a sample wedding ceremony which ensures that the marriage is a legal contract between a man and a woman performed in accordance to Law. The important requirements of Law are included ensuring that, at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony, a couple is legally married.
Wedding Ceremony is Called to Order
(Brisbane Celebrant gains the attention of guests, reminds them to turn off mobile telephones and announces the arrival of Sue and the Bridal Party.)
Ring Bearer & Flower Girl
(Ring Bearer commences the walk down the aisle followed by the flower girl. The Ring Bearer hands over the ring pillow to the Best Man.)
Arrival of Bride
(Music commences. Maid of Honour Julie and Bride’s Maid Paula walk down the aisle followed by Sue escorted by her father, Bill. They take up a position just in front of John and the Brisbane Marriage Celebrant.)
Giving Away the Bride
Brisbane Celebrant: Who has brought Sue to be married today to John?
Bill – Father of Sue: I do. (Sue’s father places Sue’s hand in John’s and joins the guests at his seat.)
Celebrant Words of Introduction
Brisbane Celebrant: Good afternoon, on behalf of John and Sue I welcome you all today to witness this marriage ceremony, a very important moment in their lives and thank you for begin here to share this special occasion.
Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Anthony Walsh, of Marriage Celebrant Services, and I am duly authorised to solemnise marriages according to law and I am honoured to be asked to carry out the official duties today. We have been invited here today to share with John and Sue a very important moment in their lives. In the 10 years they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured and now they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.
The Nature of Marriage
Brisbane Celebrant: Love is the most profound experience that can come to humankind and marriage symbolises the ultimate intimacy between two people to be entered into with certainty and with mutual respect. Before we proceed any further in joining Sue and John in marriage in my presence and in the presence of your witnesses, I have a duty to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Sue and John do you understand that marriage, according to law, is the union of a man and a woman, voluntarily entered into for life, to the exclusion of all others.
Sue & John: We do.
Brisbane Celebrant : Do you come here of a free mind and of a free spirit to enter into this life long relationship?
Sue & John: We do.
Brisbane Celebrant: As you declare publicly your desire to live together as husband and wife; you make a commitment to love, to care for, to consider and to respect each other. May your bond of love will become deeper and more meaningful with each passing year.
Exchange of Vows
Brisbane Celebrant: The marriage vows are the intimate moment in a wedding ceremony when our couple pledge their commitment to each other, and declare before all of us what this relationship means to each them. Sue and John have written their own vows which they will state now.
Sue: I, Sue Jones, call upon the people present here today to witness my pledge to you John Smith, to be your loving friend and partner in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate you; to respect and cherish your uniqueness; and to support, comfort, and strengthen you through life’s joys and sorrows. I promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as we build our lives together.
John: I, John Smith, call upon the people present here today to witness my pledge to you Sue Jones, to be your loving friend and partner in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate you; to respect and cherish your uniqueness; and to support, comfort, and strengthen you through life’s joys and sorrows. I promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as we build our lives together.
Exchange of Rings
Brisbane Celebrant: We have now come to the exchange of rings, which is the traditional way of sealing the vows that Sue and John have made here today. The wedding ring is an unbroken circle symbolising unending and everlasting love and is the outward sign and reminder of the lifelong promise that you have made to each other.
(The Best Man hands the rings to the Celebrant)
John: (takes Sue’s ring from the Celebrant and while placing it on her finger repeats after the Celebrant) I John, give you Sue, this ring as an eternal symbol of my love and commitment to you.
Sue: (takes John’s ring from the Celebrant and while placing it on his finger repeats after the Celebrant) I Sue, give you John, this ring as an eternal symbol of my love and commitment to you.
Declaration of Marriage
Brisbane Celebrant: You have declared before me, your witnesses, your family and your friends that you will live together in marriage. By the authority afforded to me, as a marriage celebrant and by the Commonwealth of Australia, I have pleasure in declaring that you are now husband and wife. Congratulations to you both, you may now kiss each other.
Signing of Documents
Brisbane Celebrant: I now ask the Bride, Groom and their witnesses to move to the signing table. There will be a short pause while the official documents are signed and witnessed. During this time you can relax and enjoy the music that John and Sue have chosen. At the conclusion of the signing there will be an opportunity for those who want to take photographs.
Brisbane Celebrant: Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Mr and Mrs Smith. Ladies and gentlemen this concludes the ceremony, will you please stand and join me in congratulating them with a big round of applause.
Anthony Walsh CMC, is a qualified, registered Civil Marriage Celebrant, Brisbane celebrant, public speaker and workplace trainer. Anthony’s personality, relaxed style, and commitment to the betterment of people around him, stand him in good stead as a marriage celebrant. His web site is www.marriagecelebrantservices.com.au