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Ceremony Wedding Celebrant Melbourne


You are getting married! You and your beloved have decided to take that wonderful path to a life of committed loving union in Marriage.

Marriage means different things to different people and that is why choosing a Civil Wedding Marriage Celebrant to perform your Wedding Ceremony enables you to be very involved in the structure and format of a ceremony to ensure that it is both Unique and Meaningful to both of you, Because both of you are Unique.

Sadly, too often a couple spend a lot of time and money on the beautiful trimmings that make up the dramatic spectacle of the wedding but spend little effort on the ceremony which really is what makes the difference between a Wedding and a Party.

At Access Civil Ceremonies you are encouraged to personalize your wedding ceremony; To tell the story of your love, your relationship, your hopes and dreams for the future; To share the emotion and the love that you have for each other with your loved ones and friends whom you have invited to be a part of this special occasion with you.

A Civil Wedding Marriage Ceremony can be simple and romantic, or full of symbol and ritual. You can involve as many people as you wish, even your pets if they are very important to you. You can celebrate your marriage at a time and location that is special to you. The music and readings can be your own or we can provide you with resources from which to choose. We will help you write your own vows if that is what you would like.

Even though I am a Civil Wedding Marriage Celebrant, you are not restricted from having some religious content if you wish. We will work together with you to include any rites and prayers that are relevant to you both.

You may wish to incorporate some cultural practices such as a "Tea Ceremony" or Plate Breaking; or something like a Rose Ceremony or a Sand Ceremony, Hand Fasting or Unity Candles or anything else that is meaningful to you. The choice is entirely yours.

There are a few words that are required by law and MUST be spoken during your Wedding Ceremony. This is called "The Monitum", but apart from that, a Civil Wedding Ceremony can be structured in any way that suits the couple.

In general a Wedding or Commitment Ceremony consists of the following Order of Service.

You may choose to have as many of these elements in any order of your choice; or you may prefer to keep it very simple and use only one or two. I find that most couples want to have a ceremony that takes about half an hour. You can include whoever you want, and whatever symbols and rituals that are meaningful to you.

This ceremony in its entirety would be approximately 1 hour in duration.

1.   Entrance of the Bridal Party (processional music)

2.   Welcome Guests

3.   The Giving away

4.   Introduction

5.   Acknowledgements

6.   Memorials (music optional)

7.   Overview of the Ceremony

8.   Reading, Poetry or Music

9.   Couples story of how they met etc.

10. Reading or Music or Symbol or Ritual

11. Celebrant Speaks about love

12. Celebrant speaks about marriage

13. Celebrant speaks about the couple

14. The Monitum

15. Celebrant Asking Question of Intent

16. Couples Vows to each other

17. Taking the Monitum Vows/declaration

18. Introduce ring ceremony

19. 1st person's ring vow

20. 2nd persons ring vow

21. Involvement and commitment of children and stepchildren (if relevant)

22. Celebrants blessing

23. Declare to be Husband and Wife (couple/kiss)

24. Signing of the certificates (interlude Music)

25. Present Certificates

26. Celebrant Blessing

27. Conclusion

28. Introduce couple to Congregation

29. Congratulations (exit music)

You and your FiancÚ are unique. Your Love is Unique Your Relationship is Unique.

Your hopes and desires for the future are yours alone.

Allow us to incorporate these thoughts, hopes and dreams into your Civil Marriage Ceremony to make it Uniquely Yours!

The beginnings of your Marriage Ceremony.

Civil Celebrants will generally follow a process of getting to know you by asking a lot of questions about how you met, how long you have been together, what you have achieved so far in your relationship, where you plan to go in the future. You will be asked what theme you want for your wedding day and if you want to include any cultural or significant rituals in the ceremony. Couples who are of different cultures or nationalities might include rituals that are common in their home country. Others may choose to have something that symbolises the union of their two respective families.

You will find that I have a wide range of ideas that you can incorporate into your day and I am skilled at creating those that have not been used before, or adding that personal touch to the more commonly used rituals..

You may find that some Celebrants will offer you a few pre - written ceremonies from which to choose and a couple of readings you can incorporate if you wish, and still charge a high fee for that service.

At Access Civil Ceremonies we work with you to design a ceremony that is truly yours. We will help you write your own vows if that is what you want or we can offer a selection from which you can choose. These can be used as they are or used as a model from which to write your own.

Ring ceremonies too, can be especially written for you. You can write your own or you may opt for one of the more traditional choices of words.

I offer a large selection of resources from which to choose.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

This is the Traditional Wedding Vow:

Celebrant: "[Groom/Bride name], do you take [Bride/Groom's Name] to be your wedded wife/husband to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love, comfort, honor and keep him/her for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful only to her/him so long as you both shall live?"

Groom/Bride: "I do."

I, (groom/bride name), take you, (groom/bride name), to be my husband/wife, and these things I promise you: I will be faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect you, be truthful with you, help and care for you; I will share my life with you; I will try always understand you and be patient with you, through the best and the worst of what is to come as long as we live.

Bride/Groom's name, I love you and I know you love me. I am confident that God has chosen you to be my husband/wife. Therefore, [NAME], I pledge to you my life as a faithful and loving husband/wife.

I, [   ], take you, [   ], to be my friend, my lover, the (mother/father) of my children and my (husband/wife). I will be yours in times of plenty and in times of want, in times of sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow, in times of failure and in times of triumph. I promise to cherish and respect you, to care and protect you, to comfort and encourage you, and stay with you, for all eternity.

Some Ring Ceremonies

I give this ring as my gift to you. Wear it and think of me and know that I love you."

I give you this ring as a visible and constant symbol of my promise to be with you as long as I live.

I give you this ring as a symbol of my love for you. Let it be a reminder that I am always by your side and that I will always be a faithful partner to you.

I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together, and my covenant to learn and grow with you.

Let this ring be a symbol of my promises to you and a reminder of my devotion to you. I am honored to call you my (wife/husband).

With this ring, I thee wed, and with it, I bestow upon thee all the treasures of my mind, heart, and hands.

Arrange Obligation Free Meeting

Why not arrange a time for a 2 hour obligation free meeting to discuss all of the possibilities for you.

I can promise you something very special.

Please give me a call, and I will be very happy to answer any questions you may have 0401 275 678.

It is YOUR DAY, It is about YOUR LOVE and YOUR WISHES.

At Access Civil Ceremonies we strive to make it happen YOUR WAY!

At Access Civil Ceremonies it really is the little things that count.

We want your day to be special and we do not cut corners.

We make it Special.

Roslyn McFarlane

Member of the Ceremonies and Celebrations Network Inc.

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Roslyn McFarlane Wedding Celebrant