What is a wedding ceremony is composed of? Some tips to help you plan your wedding!

Your Special Wedding 

Every wedding ceremony has some basic structure - those items in bold text are the legal requirements - everything else is how you want it! As your marriage celebrant, it is my job to help you to have the wedding that is true to you. Below is a outline of a typical wedding ceremony. Of course, every wedding is different and you may wish to have a simpler ceremony or one with other elements in it, and I will personalise your ceremony for you.

Seating music - as your guests arrive

Processional music for the arrival of the bride recorded music  or  live music

A welcome to guests on your behalf 

Celebrant's Authority, Section 46, Marriage Act 

An introduction that says something abour your ideas, hopes and aspirations for your marriage and may include what you would like me to say about you as a couple. I give you a Questionnaire so that I can learn about your aspirations for your marriage.

A reading (optional) it's good to involve family & friends

Presentation of the bride by her father or parents (this can be placed at the beginning of the ceremony)

The asking - this involves your consent to the marriage

The vows, Section 45 (2) Marriage Act - the most important legal part of your marriage ceremony. You must use the legal words but may add your personal promises after the legal words.

The ring exchange ceremony

Special Ceremony- optional, eg handfasting, sand ceremony, wine ceremony, cultural ceremony, unity candle, unity bowl, rose ceremony

Another reading (optional) or readings

Declaration of the marriage

The kiss

The signing of the Register with 2 witnesses - anyone over 18 may be your witness

Music during the signing

Good wishes or Blessing for the Marriage

Introduction of the newly wed couple & presentation of the certificate of marriage

Recessional music

- as you take your first journey as husband and wife to receive your guests' congratulations!


 TALK TO ME ABOUT YOUR WEDDING  phone 02 9979 2315 or 0402810062    email at esearle@optusnet.com.au


Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Some Tips for a Stress Free Wedding
  • When printing invitations, state the time of marriage as at least 15 minutes before the bride intends to arrive (this helps to ensure that all the guests arrive on time)
  • If there is a possibility of rain, ensure a LARGE umbrella is in the car& you may wish to have some spare umbrellas for guests
  • No celebrant can conduct a wedding if either the bride or groom is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs - keep a clear head and limit your pre-ceremony drink to one.
  • If your ceremony is in a public place make sure you have booked with the local authority
  • For Outdoor Ceremoniesconsider the location of toilets and shade
  • Make sure that you position the wedding party so that you Cremorne     Pointdon't have the sun in your eyes
  • If your wedding is in hot weather, it is thoughtful to provide water for guests
  • If you have older guests, you may need to provide seating
  • Make sure you have considered an alternative venue in case of wet weather, high winds, or extreme temperatures
  • Take things slowly, you will want to remember as much as possible
  • Relax and have fun! I am there to help make sure that everything goes smoothly.
  • Marriage is a serious commitment, but your wedding should be fun.(copyright Elaine Searle 2010)            
  Little Manly Point 

 Little Manly                                       Mandalay Receptions -  what an adorable ring bearer


Talk to me about your wedding on 02 9979 2315 (+61-2-99792315 outside Australia) or 0402810062 (+61402810062)or email me at esearle@optusnet.com.au

  Bradleys Head Mosman         Bradfield Park, Kirribilli          
                          Bradley's Head, Mosman            Bradfield Park, Kirribilli                 Miramare Gardens, Terrey Hills

Average Sunset Times in the Sydney region

January:   8:09pm
February: 8:00pm
March:     7:32pm
April:      5:51pm                                        
May:        5:15pm
June:        4:54pm
July:            4:57pm                        
August:       5:15pm                     
September:  5:37pm
October:      6:57pm
November:  7:22pm
December: 7:51pm
 For further information about sunrise, sunset, twilight, moonrise etc. Geoscience Australia


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Blue Mountains, YesterGrange                       The Rocks, Sydney             Peppers, Sutton Forest, in the southern highlands
as seen in the film "A Few Best Men"


 TALK TO ME ABOUT YOUR WEDDING  phone 02 9979 2315 or +61299792315 or mobile 0402810062 or +61402810062

or email: esearle@optusnet.com.au


Copyright 2006-2014 Elaine Searle                                                                                                                 Gunners' Barracks, Mosman