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Example Ceremony

The Ceremony
As set out in the Marriage Act 1961 there are two legal components to a marriage ceremony. They are the monitum and the vows.Once these areas have been included you are free to add anything else you would like.

Monitum from the Marriage Act
My name is XXX and I am the civil marriage celebrant who will solemnize this happy marriage. I am duly authorised by law to solemnize marriages according to law. Before you 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 now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
Vows
I call upon everyone here today to witness that I XXX, take you XXX to be my wife/husband.
The following is a sample ceremony:
Introduction
XXX and XXX welcome you to share their happiness during this, the time of their rite of passage into married life. Their commitment to each other has been made for some time now and they have now chosen to live together in marriage. What they mean to each other is obvious, and want you to know that their choice is responsible, free, independent and happy. XXX and XXX also believe that a happy marriage will enable them to establish a home where there will be love and stability. A home where you, their family and their friends, will find welcome, peace, love and support, strengthened today, by this ceremony. XXX and XXX are ecstatic that their experiences have brought them to the place where they are ready to fulfil what is theirs to accomplish in this life, to join the forces of their individual spirits, capabilities, and backgrounds. Therefore, we celebrate with them their arrival at the portal of true conscious loving and are honoured to witness this joyous occasion in their lives.My name is XXX and I am the civil marriage celebrant who will solemnize this happy marriage.I am duly authorised by law to solemnize marriages according to law. Before you 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 now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman to theexclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
The Giving Away
Today, XXX gives her daughter in marriage toXXX. However, this does not mean that her love and caring for her is also given away. The love between a mother and her daughter is one that cannot be measured and can never cease to exist; but it can be shared. And so, mindful of these values, I ask you, “Do you, XXX, give your daughter XXX to the care of XXX?” XXX: I do
The Asking
XXX will you take XXX to be your wife and your lifelong partner.  XXX: I will
XXX, will you take XXX to be your husband and your lifelong partner. XXX: I will
The Vows
XXX’s vow:
I call upon everyone here today to witness that I, XXX, take thee, XXX, to be my lawful wedded wife.
XXX’s vow:
I call upon everyone here today to witness that I, XXX, take thee, XXX, to be my lawful wedded husband.
Exchanging of Rings
XXX and XXX to repeat after celebrant:
With this ring I thee wed and I make you a promise that from this day forward, you shall not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter and my arms will be your home.

Declaration of Marriage
XXX and XXX have declared before all of us that they have freely agreed each to marry the other and have made between them a contract of marriage. Therefore, by the authority vested in me, I now have very great pleasure in pronouncing you husband and wife. XXX you may now kiss your wife.