Myths and the Marriage Ceremony

Not into something old, new, borrowed or blue, or the sixpence in your shoe? Nor are you a fan of breaking glass or ringing bells at your wedding ceremony? If in answer, you aren’t sure, it might be time to bust some myths, and get back to the basics.


Myth #1 You have to be engaged to get married.

  • Nope, the reality is: being engaged or a citizen of Australia is not necessary.

  • Reality check; back to the basics #1: registering the Notice of Intended Marriage one calendar prior to your wedding date with your Celebrant is not optional to be legally married in Australia.

Myth #2 You need a best man, maid of honour attendants to be married.

  • Nope, the reality is: having a maid of honour or best man is optional extra for your marriage ceremony.

  • Realty check; back to the basics #2: less than five people at your marriage ceremony is not an option. The five people who must be present are: the couple, the celebrant and two witnesses.

Myth #3 You need family and friends in attendance to be married.

  • Nope, the reality is: family and friends do attend weddings, yet this is not a must-have.

  • Reality check; back to the basics #3: less than five people at your marriage ceremony is not an option, however you don't need to know the two people who witness your paperwork as I can arrange this for you.

Myth #4 You must say "I do" and exchange wedding rings.

  • Nope, the reality is: saying "I do" and exchanging rings may be a tradition, however it is not a legal requirement. So no rings, two rings or toe rings can be the go!

  • Reality check; back to the basics #4: saying the Monitum and Legal Vows are not an option if you are to be legally married in Australia.

tradition of something old and blue for your wedding
Not into something old, new, borrowed or blue, or the sixpence in your shoe?
The REAL reality check: together we can co-create a unique script and program that will make your ceremony more meaningful and memorable while incorporating the necessary legal components of the Monitum and Vows.

To borrow words from Richard Wagamese’s Embers, I proposed that in the creation of your ceremony that we can embrace our inner uniqueness! Let’s be eccentric, different, wildly imaginative, creative, daring and inventive with the plans for the big day. We can meet at sunrise or sunset. We can chant, meditate or sing! Let’s bring our full selves into this process and add our clunky, chunky and funky bits to the swirl and swagger and charming churn of the ceremony design. Above all else, let us be authentic.The combination of your experiences, beliefs, hobbies, personalities and your sense of humour makes up a unique and personal story. I want to help you share your love story.


Please contact me, Lauretta Wright - Authorised Marriage Celebrant - for an obligation-free and fee-free first meeting to chat about your date and location, price and hopes for your wedding day. 0438 199 984


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