Your wedding is about YOU. The two of YOU coming together to celebrate YOUR love.
You have chosen your outfits, the venue, the people attending (well, as much as you can without causing world war 3 in the family), every tiny detail comes down to YOUR personal choice.
So then when it comes to the ceremony… why should it be any different?
The ceremony is a celebration – and how YOU approach it, should be, and can be as unique as you are.
There are words that are legally required by an authorised marriage celebrant in a wedding – and it’s probably not as many as you think.
“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.”
And there are a few words that the bride and groom must say:
“I call upon the people here present to witness that I, AB/CD, take you, CD/AB, to be my lawful wedded wife/husband.”
And even then, there are few words that are allowed to be changed in the monitum and vows.
So… outside of that you have incredible freedom to create your own wedding ceremony. Tradition has it’s place – but you are not bound to it. Fairytale recreations are possible – but they’re not mandatory.
Sit down with your partner and celebrant, and create a ceremony that truly is special to you.
PS. I think ‘that’ celebrant really should be me :-)