Wedding ceremonies are the only ceremonies that have a legal status.
Consequently you will need to locate a civil or religious celebrant or officiant to preside over your nuptials. Religious celebrants are members of the clergy. A Priest, Pastor, Rabbi, Minister or Mufti are some examples.
A Civil Celebrant or Officiant can preside over your wedding ceremony in any location you choose outside a place of worship.
Your ceremony can be an intimate occasion with very few people in attendance or it can be an all encompassing event including family and friends.
Civil ceremonies give you a wide choice of content. This allows you to be as creative and original as you like.
The Marriage Act (in Australia) dictates that certain words be said to validate the union legally. Your celebrant will ensure that these words are enshrined in your ceremony.
Marriage vows are promises made to each other during the wedding ceremony.
They are not legally binding. In a civil ceremony you may write your own. They do not have to be all serious, far from it. They can be romantic, spiritually inspired, humorous or traditionally serious or a mixture.
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