HOW TO MARRY
You’re in love. Proposed marriage. Accepted. And now preparing your wedding.
Congratulations. Marriage is the best of adventures.
So were to begin?
Contact me and I’ll talk with you about it.
You can decide if I’m the celebrant for you and if so we can meet and complete the first part of the paperwork to lodge your intention to marry and prepare your ceremony.
This notice must be completed and lodged with me at least 1 month (31 days) before your wedding day.
If we cannot meet we can complete the paperwork via phone and email and I will talk you through what documents I need and how to have them witnessed to send to me.
Once you have lodged your Notice of intention to marry with me, together we can write and prepare your ceremony.
For wedding ceremonies in Australia it is a requirement of the Marriage act that by acting as your celebrant I must say
a short paragraph that is audible to all witnesses.
This is called the Monitum.
Aside from the Monitum the couple are also required by law to state vows to each other before all present.
You can find the wording of the Monitum and an example of wording for exchanging vows at the bottom of this page.
The rest of the ceremony is entirely up to you.
Make it ALL YOURS.
I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law.
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.
‘I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, A.B. (or C.D.), take thee, C.D. (or A.B.), to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband)’; or words to that effect.