Preparing your Wedding Ceremony
Preparing a wedding ceremony is not something you do every day, but it is my daily work. as the Maleny marriage celebrant
I invite you to make use of my knowledge and experience as a marriage celebrant to make this part of your wedding planning easy. I will explain everything clearly and step you through the process, offer suggestions and write your ceremony especially for you. Your ideas will be brought together into a ceremony that flows beautifully.
I will take the time to get to know you and something of your personal journey – how you came to be at this point when you know that your lives must continue together. This story is then woven into your ceremony in a way that suits your desires and reflects your chosen style for the day.
Your ceremony will be touching and fun, serious when it counts, light hearted and entertaining at other times, but always joyful.
If you want a true professional, one with energy, enthusiasm and empathy, for your wedding ceremony, contact Merlin today to arrange an obligation-free telephone or in-person meeting where your initial questions can be asked and some beginning ideas sought.
Phone on 0418 980500 or email
As my thank you for meeting me, you will receive a complimentary copy of my booklet “Planning Your Wedding Ceremony”.
This booklet steps you through the process of planning your ceremony and enables you to maintain control of the process whilst working closely with me to achieve a ceremony that is makes you feel special as a couple and is meaningful to your guest.
You can be assured that I will attend to all legal aspects promptly and efficiently.
A Wedding Ceremony Outline
An opportunity to thank everyone for coming & to acknowledge those unable to be here.
Introduction of the Couple
We tell your story, why your are marrying and perhaps present a little homily on marriage.
A lovely opportunity to include others in your ceremony.
(Required by law)
NAME and NAME, before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am bound to remind you publicly of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to the law in Australia, is the union between two people, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
Parents' and/or Family Blessings or Blessings of the Gathering
Often this section is a change for the couple to acknowledge the importance of their parents
Your chance to say "I do!"
The legally required line is:
I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, A.B. , take thee, C.D. be my lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse/[partner in marriage).
to which you can add your personally written/selected vows.
A very precious moment!
Unity Ritual (Optional)
Candle lighting, sharing a cup of wine etc
Declaration of Marriage
You are declared married.
Sign the Register
You, 2 witnesses and I sign the 3 marriage documents
Presentation and Congratulations
You return to 'centre-stage' and are presented with your Marriage Certificate
Short & sweet to round off the formalities.
...and now time to celebrate!
Maleny marriage Celebrant
A Civil Wedding Ceremony
A civil wedding ceremony allows you freedom of choice. You may include religious elements if you wish, but there is no obligation to do so. Merlin has long been a supporter of Marriage Equality