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The key word here is planning

Getting married, taking part in the wedding ceremony and having exactly the ceremony you want is one of the greatest events you will ever undertake.  So make sure you plan it well.

The all important paperwork

The Government requires you as a couple to submit a Notice of Intended Marriage form to a registered celebrant at least a month and a day before the date you plan to marry.  Marriage Celebrants have copies of these forms.  I will forward one to you or you may download one directly from the web site of the Federal Attorney General’s Department. (link: online )

When we first meet and you complete and lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage, you will be required to show your birth certificates, or passport.  If relevant bring the appropriate documentation of divorce, or the death of former partner.  Without this documentation, you may not be able to be married, so speak to your celebrant about how to obtain it as soon as you can.


Wedding ceremonies “made to order.”

Together we can create exactly the wedding you are both wanting.  There is no “standard format” and don’t let any celebrant tell you otherwise.  If you are confused, I can provide a number of examples.  However, I always encourage couples to personalise their special day:  include what is meaningful to you!

So what do I include?

Many elements of a wedding service are optional, suiting your own needs and desires.  Some weddings include music or singing; others don’t.  Some aspects, however, must be included.  These include identifying the couple, some specific words from the Marriage Act, the vows and the signing of the register.  So, a sample ceremony may look something like the following:

  • An Introduction to the Wedding
  • A Reading/Poem
  • Words from the Marriage Act
  • Presentation of the Bride
  • Vows of Intent
  • The Marriage Vows
  • Exchange of Rings
  • A Reading
  • Signing of Certificates
  • Presentation of married couple

There are many ways to express your feelings and intentions during your wedding ceremony, and I will help you to choose just the right words and actions.  We will work together to ensure that the wedding ceremony reflects your wishes and desires and is a memorable day both for you and your guests.


Bill Jackson

Bill Jackson

Authorised Marriage

0417 102 084

Everton Hills
Brisbane 4053