Wedding Ceremony Format &
Civil wedding ceremonies like church ceremonies do have a traditional format.
Point 7, 8 and 13 are legally required the other points are optional.
1. Seating of parents and guests – Parents and guests are directed to their seats. Usually a friend or family member assists.
2. Procession – Wedding Party walk down the aisle to music, or the couple can walk down together or meet at the front
3. Welcome/Introduction – The Celebrant welcomes everyone to the wedding. The Celebrant thanks guests and can provide information on how the couple met and any other information the couple want their guests to know, for example photography during the ceremony.
4. Giving away- This may involve parents of children
5. Fist Poem/Reading/Ritual – Opportunity for family/friends involvement – can include a poem/reading, ritual, prayer, music or dance.
6. The Asking – The Celebrant asks the couple if they will take the other to be their husband/wife/partner, (‘I do’).
7. Monitum – Legal wording spoken by the Celebrant
8. The Vows – The couple say their legal vows to each other and then can include personal vows they have written to each other. They can be read from a card, repeated after the Celebrant or recited from memory.
9. Exchange of rings – One ring, or two rings, are exchanged
10. Second Poem/Reading/Ritual – Opportunity for family/friends involvement – can include a poem/reading, ritual, prayer, music or dance.
11. Conclusion and Declaration of Marriage – Couple are pronounced husband/wife/partner.
12. The Kiss – Optional.
13. Signing of the Marriage Register – the couple, Celebrant and 2 witnesses, who are 18 years or older, sign 3 Marriage documents. A Keepsake is given to the couple. Music is usually played during signing.
14. Mr and Mrs…or the newlyweds and Presentation of the Marriage Certificate – The married couple are introduced for the 1st time as … and presented with their marriage certificate.
15. Recessional – Exit of the couple followed by the bridal party exit the ceremony site. Music is traditionally played as they exit.