A commitment ceremony is an option for couples who cannot legally be married in Australia. A good example is couples who are in a same sex relationship. It is can also be for any couples that would like to publicly declare their commitment to each other without the full formalities of getting legally married.
A Baby Naming ceremony is usually held to celebrate the arrival and naming of a new baby. It's usually a non-religious ceremony (unlike a baptism or christening) and it is commonly held on the child's first birthday. It is a way of welcoming and officially introducing the child to family and friends.
Marriage is an exciting time for all involved and for many, a wedding day is one of the best days in a couple's lives. A marriage ceremony should be memorable but of course for the right reasons. It is important that the ceremony composed is one that you both want and reflective of your personalities, values and your beliefs. My role as your marriage celebrant is to work very closely with you to help compile a ceremony that will always be remembered. Ceremonies can be formal or relaxed and informal, but always sincere.
A Civil Marriage Celebrant has certain obligations under the Marriage Act 1961 and I can explain these to you. Other than that the content of the marriage ceremony is totally your choice.
You will be supplied with sample ceremonies and verses that can be used, however you are not obliged to use any of them. Additionally, you could mix and match parts of ceremonies to arrive at the most suitable ceremony for your particular requirements. It may well be that you are able to compose your complete ceremony and this is acceptable providing it complies with the obligations of the Marriage Celebrant under the Marriage Act.
Family and friends can also be involved. Perhaps you have certain readings or verses that you would like them to present for you. Many couples arrange for music to be played at the ceremony. This can range from recorded music on a phone/ipod to having a live musician/s. Whatever it takes to complete your special day, can be easily incorporated.
At the completion of the ceremony you will be required to sign the Marriage Register and Marriage Certificates, together with two witnesses over the age of eighteen. You will also be presented with your Marriage Certificate. Please note that this certificate presented to you is not your official marriage certificate. The official marriage certificate will need to be applied for after your ceremony. Of course I can assist you in this process.