SAMPLE Elopement ‘Order of Ceremony’

Decisions you will need to make are in ‘Burgundy Italic’ 

As can be seen, you have complete control of your ceremony and what you would like included or excluded (Legal requirements cannot be excluded)

3 Welcome / Gathering Words – The reason your family & friends have gathered
6 Celebrant to Couple & Monitum – Legally Required

“Before you, (full name), and you, (full name), 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 about to now enter.  Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”

10 Reading –  as per the many that will be supplied to you, or, alternatively, your own choice of reading & who would you like to present it?? 
13 Legal Declaration

“I call upon the persons here present to witness that, I, (full name), take you, (full name) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/partner in marriage.” (Legally the first line of your vows to each other……)

VowsThe vows you will recite to each other on the day – they do not need to be the same…. Choose from the many that will be supplied, or mix and match them, or, of course,  write your own

16 Introduction re symbolism of rings…..

Ring Exchange VowsAs per the many that will be supplied – again, choose one, mix & match, or write your own?  You may choose another symbol rather than the exchange of rings & who would you like to present them?

18 Declaration  & “The Kiss”
19 Blessing  (as per supplied within the “Readings) and/or a Prayer if you would like one  included, as per the prayers that will be supplied, or, again, whichever prayer you would like  – and who would you like to read the prayer on the day?)
20 Congratulations & Presentation to Family & Friends (your preferred title …….)

Your total Ceremony time should, ideally, be no more than 20 minutes to hold the interest of your guests, they will then be ready for a glass of champagne, or possibly, two!                            

  Signing of the Register & Documents

With two nominated witnesses aged 18 or over – who would you like?  

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