SAMPLE CEREMONY

Wedding ceremony for Peter and Tara

1. INTRODUCTION

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT:

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Willow Creek Winery my name is Trevor Rice and I’m a civil celebrant. It is my great pleasure to welcome you here today to witness the marriage of Peter and Tara. On this special day, Tara and Peter would like to take a moment to think of the family and friends who are not with us today. Tara and Peter remember with love, those who have gone before and know they would have been very proud to witness this marriage ceremony. We know that their love is present here with you both.

In their hearts Peter and Tara are already committed to one another. This ceremony gives formal recognition to that commitment.

Cathryn will now read I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg

2. READING 1

CATHRYN:

I like you and I know why
I like you because you are a good person to like
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time
You say, Remember when you told me something special
And both of us remember
When I think something is important you think it’s important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too
Hah-hah!

I like you because you know where I’m ticklish And you don’t tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too You know how to be silly – that’s why I like you If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag, then you are getting ready to jump HOORAY

I like you because when I am feeling sad You don’t always cheer me up right away Sometimes it is better to be sad You can’t stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute You want to think about things It takes time

I like you because if I am mad at you Then you are mad at me too It’s awful when the other person isn’t They are so nice and oooh you could just about punch them on the nose

I can’t remember when I didn’t like you It must have been lonesome then Even if it was the 999th of July Even if it was August Even if it was way down at the bottom of November I would go on choosing you And you would go on choosing me Over and over again And that’s how it would happen every time.

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT: Thank you Cathryn

3. YOUR STORY

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT:

So how did Peter and Tara’s romance begin? Ladies and gentlemen it started one Halloween with Tara being on Pete’s doorstep, but I’ll get to that later. It seems they have been on each other’s radar for some time and have mixed in the same circles. They each share one friend in common and that friend is none other than Nick, the best man.

Nick and Peter have been good friends since they were both in Grade 3 and Tara has known Nick for ten years and yes their paths crossed. For years Peter and Tara and their respective flames often went out to functions organised by Nick. At some time they must have filed each other somewhere in their message banks as a person to pursue when the time was right.

As luck would have it they were single at the same time and things slowly changed from Nick saying to Pete that he’d bring Tara along when they were going out for a few drinks to Tara and Peter becoming an item. Both were interested in each other and identified that there was chemistry between them but were too shy to take the interest further.

Then on that fateful night of Halloween things changed. Tara turned up at Peter’s with a bottle of wine and suggested they go out for a Pizza. Pete agreed and won Tara over with his chivalry by opening her door and paying for the dinner. Another evening Nick, Peter and Tara went out to dinner. After dinner they went back to Pete’s. Nick drove home and Peter being the perfect host came up with the brilliant idea to make cocktails. Well that was it and Tara had to stay because she was in no fit state to drive home.

A few nights later Peter invited Tara to dinner and impressed her by greeting her at the door holding a yellow rose. He tantalised her taste buds by lightly frying calamari which he had even caught. She was hooked and very impressed that a man who could hunt, could cook for her and greet her with flowers.

After that they were inseparable. In the following February Tara was going to a conference in Las Vegas and as Peter couldn’t bear to be separated from Tara decided to come to the conference as well. Their trip started and finished in San Francisco and they literally ate and drank their way through the trip. Oh yes they also shopped and Peter came back with three extra suit cases of purchases. While at the conference in Las Vegas Peter and Tara toyed with the idea of having a quickie Vegas wedding but didn’t want to deprive their friends and family of the opportunity to witness their wedding. Their families half expected them to return home married but this is not so.

After leaving Vegas they went to New York and loved its vibrancy. They walked through Central Park and braved the streets of Harlem. When they returned home from the States things changed as Tara moved out from where she was living in Richmond to her mums in Viewbank and Peter moved back to his parents in Mt Martha. The separation killed them and within two weeks they had found the house in Surrey hills and moved in together. They love eating and drinking and are happiest when sharing a meal with friends and family. So what is the secret of their relationship?

As you know both Peter and Tara love life and enjoy a good laugh. They are each other’s best friend, lover, confidant and protector. They feel that effective communication is essential in any relationship and that a sense of humour is mandatory. They also give each other the space to pursue their own interests.

Peter and Tara love their friends and family and are happiest when sharing a drink and a good yarn with them.

Tonight’s celebration is very important to them as it not only takes their relationship to a new level they are sharing it with you their dear family and friends. They would also like to thank you for your love and support through the years.

Tara has been tenderly walked down the aisle by her Uncle John to stand with Peter to be married today. John do you give your blessing?

UNCLE JOHN: Yes I give my blessing.

4. CELEBRANT AUTHORITY

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT:

Peter and Tara, I would like to remind you both of the commitment into which you are about to enter. As a celebrant I am authorized by law to solemnize marriages according to the 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.

5. THE ASKING

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT:

Peter, will you take Tara to be your lawful wedded wife? Will you love, honour and respect her, be honest with her, and stand by her through whatever may come, so you can genuinely share your life together?

PETER: I will

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT: Tara, will you take Peter to be your lawful wedded husband? Will you love, honour and respect him, be honest with him, and stand by him through whatever may come, so you can genuinely share your life together?

TARA: I will

6. THE VOWS

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT:

eter and Tara acknowledge their willingness and commitment to each other to make this marriage strong and lasting. They accept each other for who they are and will continue to encourage each other to grow and achieve their mutual ideals, goals and ambitions.

They are willing and able to listen and communicate openly and honestly. They are also willing to share the success and the joy that life brings and also the challenges.

PETER: I call upon everyone here to witness that I Peter take you Tara to be my lawfully wedded wife. Tara I promise to be your loving friend and partner in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate you; to respect and cherish your uniqueness; and to support, comfort, and strengthen you through life’s joys and sorrows. I promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as we build our lives together.

TARA: I call upon everyone here to witness that I Tara take you Peter to be my lawfully wedded husband. Peter, I promise to be your loving friend and partner in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate you; to respect and cherish your uniqueness; and to support, comfort, and strengthen you through life’s joys and sorrows. I promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as we build our lives together.

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT: Peter’s father Elias will now read a poem he’s written to celebrate his son’s marriage.
This poem will be read in Greek.

ELIAS:
For Peter and for Tara
Once upon a time
Fate would have it known
That the two of them would meet
Inside a lovely home
They looked into each other’s eyes so fond
And that was enough to form this endless bond
With mutual feelings
Their love had blinding flare
And so they soon decided
These wedding rings to wear
They found a magical chemistry
Of their own precious way
And they were joined together
On this very special day

7. RING CEREMONY

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT:

Now ladies and gentlemen it is now time for Peter and Tara to exchange rings. Rings as a symbol of marriage are thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt. The ring finger on the left hand is believed to have been chosen at that time as there is a vein in the finger that runs directly to the heart. The circle of a ring represents eternal love as it has neither a beginning nor an end.

Peter could I have the rings? Peter place the ring on Tara’s finger and repeat after me. Tara with this ring I will marry you today. Take it as an infinite sign of my love and devotion to you from now to eternity. It will be a reminder of my love wherever you go.

Tara place the ring on Peter’s finger and repeat after me. Peter with this ring I will marry you today. Take it as an infinite sign of my love and devotion to you from now to eternity. It will be a reminder of my love wherever you go.

8. THE DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT:

Peter and Tara, as you have promised before us to love each other and to share your lives together, both in good times and in not so good times, I now declare that you are husband and wife and wish you every happiness.

9. THE KISS

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT:

Peter, you may now kiss Tara

10. SIGNING THE REGISTER

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT:

Friends and family it is now time for Peter and Tara to sign the Certificates of Marriage.

I would like Nicholas and Elise to bear witness.

After the official photographer has taken his pictures I will ask you to come forward and take some pictures.

Ladies and gentlemen please return to your places.

11. CONGRATULATING THE BRIDE AND GROOM AND PRESENTATION OF WEDDING CERTIFICATES.

TREVOR RICE CELEBRANT:

As Peter and Tara have pledged their love before us it is now time to wish them every happiness for the future.

I would like to present Peter and Tara their Certificate of Marriage.

I would now like to introduce Mr and Mrs Jones. Please congratulate the happy couple.