When should we book our Marriage Celebrant?

Once you have booked your venue you should start to look for your Marriage Celebrant as the good ones do get booked early.

Why do we need a Wedding Celebrant?

Unless you are marrying in a Church or having a religious ceremony you will need a Wedding Celebrant.

What is the difference between a Wedding Ceremony delivered by a Marriage Celebrant and a Religious Ceremony?

The most important thing is flexibility. You can get married anywhere you want and have the Wedding Ceremony absolutely tailored to you as a couple. It is also more personal unless you know your religious leader extremely well.

What constitutes a legal Marriage?

There are a number of elements to this.

1. Your legal paperwork has to be signed off one month and one day prior to your Wedding Ceremony.

2. Your Marriage Celebrant needs to sight your original copes of your birth certificates and if not available, your passports, then some Photo ID and any divorce documents if relevant

3. You must have your 3 wedding certificates signed by 2 witnesses over the age of 18 on the day of your Wedding Ceremony.

4. The legal wording must be said in front of witnesses during the Wedding Ceremony.

5. Your Wedding Celebrant must register your documents with the Reigistry of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 2 weeks after your Wedding Ceremony.

What is the legal wording required during our Wedding Ceremony?

As your Wedding Celebrant, I, Anna Bryers am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to the law.

Before you Groom and you Bride, are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of your witnesses, I am here to remind you of the solemn, serious and binding nature of the relationship you are 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 persns here present to witness that I, fullname of Groom/Bride, take thee, full name of Bride/Groom to be my lawfully wedded Wife/Husband.

If any of these words are not said during your Marriage Ceremony, you are not legally married.

What side does my Father stand on when walking down the aisle for our Wedding Ceremony?

Usually on your right but there are no hard and fast rules for this.

Can both my Mother and Father walk down with me?

Of course. You can have anyone you wish walk down with you.

Who stands where during the Marriage Ceremony?

As your Wedding Celebrant, I usually stand in the middle of you with the Groom on my left and Bride on my right. This way you can look at each other and hold hands especially if you are nervous!

What side do friends and family usually sit on during the Wedding Ceremony?

I like to have them on opposite sides to the Bride and Groom so they can see their faces during the ceremony.

What music do we need for our wedding ceremony?

You need 3-4 pieces. One for your processional (entrance), 1 or 2 for the signing and another for your recessional (exit).

Can we have recorded music for our ceremony?

Of course, you can have either live or recorded.

How do we play recorded music?

You can use my PA system with either an ipod or anything that has a hole for a jack. You will need a friend to manage the music as I will be focussing on you two. Some venues manage the music for you through their own systems.

Is it essential to have personalised vows in our wedding ceremony?

In a word, no. However, they are a lovely expression of your personal promises to each other. 

Do we have to memorise our vows? 

No.You may be too nervous on the day and you can repeat them after me or read them to each other from my folder.

Do we write our marriage vows ourselves?

Essentially yes, however I will provide lots of samples for you to take inspiration from. It is always much easier to edit others' work.

Do I need to be given away in my marriage ceremony?

No, as a matter of fact there are many ways you can make your entrance (the processional). You could have both parents walk you down and they can give their blessing for you to marry your fiance instead of giving away. You could both walk down together or your future husband can meet you half way.

When is my veil lifted through the ceremony?

Either your parent can lift it when they give you a kiss or when you kiss your HUSBAND. The only thing to consider here is that then you have the veil over your face for most of the ceremony.