A civil marriage ceremony offers the bride and groom considerable freedom of choice. They can choose the celebrant, the date, the time, the place, the words, the music and the style of ceremony they desire. The ceremony can include poems, readings, music, special rituals and/or cultural symbols. Family and friends may participate in the ceremony. According to the Marriage Act, there are certain words which must be stated by both the couple and the Marriage Celebrant. The remainder of the ceremony can be negotiated to suit the couple and the occasion. Most ceremonies last for 20-30 minutes but this can vary.

There are many options when deciding on the venue for the ceremony, and this is limited only by your imagination. Many couples select a wedding venue that has special significance for them. Some venues may require a letter of permission or a permit and parks may need to be booked with the local council.  If your wedding is to be held outdoors, your celebrant will discuss with you the importance of having an alternative venue lined up in case of bad weather.

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Parties to a Marriage
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Notice of Intended Marriage
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Marriage Certificates
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Change of Name
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Apostille Stamps
(Adobe PDF File)
If Previously Married
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Wedding Tips
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