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Sample Ceremonies

Your ceremony should be yours and reflect the two of you. I can help you put together your own unique ceremony. I have a resource folder that I have put together to which you may use parts from or simply to give you an idea of areas you may like to cover.

Amanda and Craig’s Wedding

11.00 am on Saturday the 3rd January 2011

Cremorne Point, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales

To begin, on behalf of Amanda and Craig, I would like to welcome you all to this beautiful location this morning.

My name is Michael Teulon, I am a Marriage Celebrant duly authorised to solemnise this marriage in accordance with the laws of Australia.

We are all here today to celebrate with Amanda and Craig a very important moment in their lives. They started out as friends and have over time learned to know and love each other and have now decided to spend the rest of their lives together, as husband and wife.

In society today, marriage has become a less obvious choice for two people in love. “It’s just a piece of paper” people say. And in a few minutes I will ask Amanda and Craig to sign “a piece of paper” as evidence of their marriage here today.

But by the time they sign “the piece of paper” in their hearts and in ours, they will already be married.

Because it is not the scribble on a piece of paper that seals their marriage. It is the courage and commitment it takes to stand up in front of their friends and family, people they love and respect, and make a promise that will last the rest of their lives. It’s a pretty big call.

So, family and friends, don’t think you are here today as innocent bystanders, because you’re not. You are here, today, to participate. You are going to perform a role far more important than any piece of paper. You are here today to witness Amanda and Craig make their promise of love, a potential that will take a life time to fulfil.

There are no guarantees in marriage. Marriage is a work of love. It calls for two people to remain individual while building around themselves a world that they call their own.
Marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A husband and wife are each others; best friend, excitement, calming influence, critic, teacher, lover and listener.

A few thoughts to remember; always speak the truth and listen attentively, inspire each other, say “I love you” often and laugh a lot too, even when you’re angry, and remember you are each other’s best friend.

Reading by Dora

I love you so many ways
In so many ways….I love you.
You may never think about
what a special person you are,
or all the many ways you’re loved,
but I know how I feel
when I think about you,
when I look at you,
and when I hold you.
I always want you near me,
with the happiness we find together in love…..

Monitum

Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now 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.

Poem read by Norm

Dr Seuss

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.

You’re on your own And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guys who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
Who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes, you won’t
I’m sorry to say
But, sadly, it’s true
That Bang-ups
And Hang-ups
Can happen to you

You can get all hung up
In a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
As you know
You’ll get mixed up with many strange things as you go.
So be sure when you step
Step with care and great tact
And remember, that Life’s
A Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
99.8 and ¾ per cent guaranteed)

So…….
Be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
Or Mordecai Warner Van Allen O’ Shea
You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So….Get on your way!

Reading by John

On Friendship

I love you, not only for what you are, but what I am, when I am with you.

I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but what you
make of me.

I love you for the part of me that you bring out, the part
that no one else has looked far enough to find.

I love you for ignoring the possibilities of the fool in me,
and for laying hold of the possibilities of good in me.

You do it without a touch, without a sign.

You do it by being yourself.

Parents Endorsement

Amanda and Craig are happy that their parents are here to witness this pledge of their commitment to one another. They ask that their parents endorse this marriage and that they help uphold the ideals Amanda and Craig are expressing today. So I now ask of the parents: Amanda’s parents Tracey and Al and Craig’s parents Helen and Derrick. Do you offer Amanda and Craig your love and support for their future life together?
Parents: We Do

Giving Away

Ladies and Gentlemen, Amanda and Craig have asked that you all be part of their special day by becoming involved in their ceremony. They have requested that you give them to each other in marriage, that you, collectively, give them away.
With this in mind, I now ask all of you to please say “We do” if you bring Amanda and Craig to be married to each other.

Guests: We Do

Asking

Will you Craig take Amanda to be your Wife, to share your life with her, and do you pledge that you will love, honour and care for her, with tenderness and affection, through all the varying experiences of your life?

Craig: I will.

Will you Amanda take Craig to be your Husband, to share your life with him, and do you pledge that you will love, honour and care for him, with tenderness and affection, through all the varying experiences of your life?

Amanda: I will.

Vows

Craig please repeat after me.

I call upon the persons present to witness that from today

I, Craig, take you, Amanda to be my wife,
my lover and my friend,
the one I will live with,
laugh and dream with.
A life, to be lived with love,
honesty and trust,
to communicate fully,
to care for you and to share all I can,
so that we may grow together and as individuals.
This is my promise for our life together.

Amanda please repeat after me.

I call upon the persons present to wiotness that from today I, Amanda, take you, Craig to be my husband,
my lover and my friend,
the one I will live with,
laugh and dream with.
A life, to be lived with love,
honesty and trust,
to communicate fully,
to care for you and to share all I can,
so that we may grow together and as individuals.
This is my promise for our life together.

Rings

The exchange of rings has, for a very long time, been a traditional part of the Marriage Ceremony. But the rings also have a practical purpose. They are a daily physical reminder of the vows you have just made to each other.

Amanda, please take Craig’s hand and repeat after me:

Craig, like the circle of love that protects us, may this ring symbolise our love for eternity.

Craig, please take Amanda’s hand and repeat after me:

Amanda, like the circle of love that protects us, may this ring symbolise our love for eternity.

Declaration of marriage

Amanda and Craig, now that you have made your promises to share your lives together in accordance with your vows, it is with great pleasure, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may kiss the bride.

I would now like to ask Amanda, Craig and their witnesses, Giles and Ange to join me as we sign the register. While we are signing the register Ken would like to read a poem for us.

(Signing of the Marriage Register)

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming, for the first time, as husband and wife Amanda and Craig Elsley.

 

 

Nicole and Keith’s Wedding

7pm on Tuesday the 14th February 2011

The Establishment, Sydney,NSW

On behalf of Nicole and Keith I would like to welcome you to this very special occasion – the celebration of their wedding.
My name is Michael Teulon, I’m a marriage celebrant, duly authorised to solemnise the wedding here this evening in accordance with the law of Australia.

Nicole and Keith have chosen us to be with them on their special day. And we are here to offer our support for this marriage and to wish them every happiness for their lives together.

They are delighted that so many of you have travelled great distances to be with them and hope that this evening is one of happiness, celebration and above all fun.

Nicole and Keith, believe that marriage is the supreme sharing experience and an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships.

They have chosen to take this step after a short period of time as a statement of confidence in their love and commitment towards each other.

Their belief in the power of the family unit, their shared values and their commitment to maintain their individuality will carry them through the inevitable challenges that life will bring.

They envisage a strong, happy, adventures and loving union. Through their marriage they hope to maintain above all mutual respect and support as each other’s best friend

Reading by Tom Cruise

“Walk With Me”
By Munda

Walk with me, the path of life,
to explore every bend of the road
Enjoy with me the beauty of life,
along its wonderful way

Find comfort with me, in each other’s arms,
when grief crosses our path
Find strength with me, in each other’s strength,
when despair lies in wait

Laugh with me, a single true laugh,
to enlighten another’s distress
Cry with me, a single true tear,
to understand true happiness

Cherish with me, the wonders of life,
as they need to be preserved
Rejoice with me, in the mysteries,
of what is yet to be

Find peace with me, in each other’s souls,
when the world has gone insane
Find love with me, in each other’s hearts,
until this life has been fulfilled

And when the path comes to an end
I hope we can say from within
We’ve known the beauty of true love,
our love came from within

Monitum

Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now 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.

Giving Away

Who gives Nicole to be married to Keith?
Anthony: I do

The Asking

Keith, will you take Nicole to be your wife. Will you strive to communicate with each other, inspire each other, say I”I love you” often and laugh a lot too, even when you are angry and remember that you are each other’s best friend.

Keith: I will

Nicole, will you take Keith to be your husband. Will you strive to communicate with each other, inspire each other, say I”I love you” often and laugh a lot too, even when you are angry and remember that you are each other’s best friend.

Nicole: I will

Vows

I would now like to ask you each to make your vows.

Keith:

I call upon the persons present to witness that from today

Nicole, I now join my life with you as I take you as my wife. All that I am I give to you and all that I have I share with you. What ever the future holds I will love and stand by you throughout our lives together. This is my solemn vow.

Nicole:

I call upon the persons present to witness that from today

Keith, I now join my life with you as I take you as my husband. All that I am I give to you and all that I have I share with you. What ever the future holds I will love and stand by you throughout our lives together. This is my solemn vow.

Declaration

Nicole and Keith, before these witnesses, your family and friends, you have promised to live your lives together in accordance with your vows.
And so now, with great pleasure I pronounce you, husband and wife.

“You may kiss the bride.”

(signing of the Register).