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A well designed and structured Ceremony should set the tone, flow smoothly , maintain the attention of the assembly, include the Manadatory elemennts and yet remain personal and intimate. The celebrant should professionally guide and progressively provide an aura of sincereity, warmth, jubilation and inclusivity from initial commencement through to its grand conclusion. The basic structure for a marriage ceremony depending on personal preferences n style is :
* Bringing of the bride
*The statement of Intent /Asking
* Rituals and Rites ( Optional )
* The Pledges/ Vows
* Parents/ Grandparents warm the Wedding Rings ( optional)
* Exchange of Rings ( optional)
* Declaration or Pronouncement
* Signing of the Certificate ,Marriage Register and ther documents
* Presentation of CERTIFICATE , The Couple
* Conclusion and Exit
* Music, songs, Hymns , blessings ( optional )
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Vows are the most important part of the Ceremony so each Vow must be audible to the witnesses.
This is the interpretation of the relevant passages in the Act by the present Registrar of the Marriages Celebrants Section of the Attorney Generals’ Department.
Opening to be-
‘ I call upon these persons present here to witness that I, Groom/Bride, take you to be my legally wedded Wife/Husband and I promise ................’
Vows made in a ceremony is a promise made to each other expressing how much they love each other and they will go out of their comfort zone to make each other as loved, assured, secured , comfortable etc. in their relationship in their whole lives.
Notice of Intended Marriage Form (Form 13) are readily available from all the Celebrants.
How ever, if required, can also be downloaded from the websites of
- Department of Attorney General and
- Department of Birth , Death and Marriages of your state.
Yes any "fit and proper person " can be a Marriage Celebrant after successfully completeing Certificate IV course in Celebrancy and demonstarting that a " fit and proper person" set out citeria in the Marriage Amendment Act 2002 is met.
The criteria is as follows :-
a. Do you have sufficient knowledge of the law relating to the solemnisation of marriages by Marriage Celelbrants ?
b. Are you committed to advising couples of the availability of relationship support services?
c. Are you of a good standing in your community?
Have you been convicted of an offence, punishable by imprisonment for one year or longer, against a laws of the Commonwealth States or Territories?
d. Do you have an actual or potential conflict of int5erest between your practice or proposed practice, as a Marriage Celebrant and other business or interests such as employment or hobbies ?
e. Would your registration as a Marriage Celebrant be likely to result in you gaining a benefit in respect of another business you own, control or carry out?
f. Will you fulfil your obligations as a Marriage Celebrant?
g. Any other matter the Registrar considers relevant to whether you are a fit and proper person to be a Marriage Celebrant?
Please note that different criteria for registration as a Marriage Celebrant apply to people who are fluent in an Australian Indigenous language.
Interested persons should email at " marriagecelebrantssection @ ag.gov.au" for the application pack.
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