Ceremony Builder

1All about you
2Your story
3Legal bits
4Vows, Readings, Rituals
5Wrap up
  • The following questionnaire will take you through all aspects of the ceremony. At the very bottom of the page you can submit or save your draft to come back to it later. If you choose to save for later, a link will be emailed to you and you will have 30 days to complete the questionnaire.
  • All about you!

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  • Setting the scene

  • It’s absolutely your day, and the ceremony helps shape and set the “tone” of your day, so think about the atmosphere you’d like to create. I have created an example of what the ceremony will look like once we are done... View Example Order of Service

  • Photos/Social Media

  • Many couples want the opportunity to be the first to "post" about their wedding day.
    If this is your preference all it takes is a statement from me before the ceremony starts.
    Something like... "our couple have engaged the wonderful services of (photographer name) today. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos later on, but for this short while, they request that you just sit and enjoy the ceremony"
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  • Acknowledgement of Land

  • For some of you, it might be appropriate to consider a traditional acknowledgement of the land….if you do, then this might be how it works "I wish to start our ceremony today by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, the (insert local name here) people and to pay our respects to their elders past and present".
  • Music

  • Music is also going to help set the scene. There are so many options these days, small string orchestra, live acoustic, downloads. I have contacts for all of these should you wish.
  • If you choose recorded music I have a blue tooth and phone app that can control the music from where we are standing so if we need to replay or shorten the music…it’s all there in the front of my folder! I include 4 downloads as part of my fee, however if the music is very obscure I may need you to send it to me as an MP3 file.
  • A Giving Away/Presenting for Marriage

  • "Presenting someone for marriage" or "Giving Away" is a very traditional element of a wedding ceremony. It's important for some - and not for others. It involves bride/groom/partners being walked down the aisle with someone special and being asked “Who presents this person for marriage?” The answer (of course) is “I do.” These days, many couples adapt this…. And you can do anything you like. You can walk down the aisle on your own, with a friend, both parents or other family representatives….completely up to you.
  • If you would like to consider involving all the parents at this point, it is becoming popular to have all parents stand together once everyone has made their entrance. If this was something you’d like to incorporate, the response to “who presents this person for marriage?” would be “we do” by all the parents. Kisses and hugs are exchanged and then they take their seats.

    Of course there are other ways to involve parents in the formal part of your day - acting as witnesses to your marriage certificates, presenting a reading, or providing them with an opportunity to come forward during the ceremony to give you both a kiss and a cuddle. In some instances an additional element can be introduced where the parents can all come up and stand around the couple – almost like a “blessing” of sorts, and offer them their love and support.