I sometimes get asked how long will my ceremony be. Well, the short answer is it can be as short as you want. There’s no need to prep yourself for a long, boring & unrelatable wedding ceremony like this bride! A wedding ceremony can actually be super short. A “Legals Only Ceremony” is just that – only the legal stuff. The very minimum that is required to be said for you to be legally married is this:
“My name is Rachel Michael and I’m a registered marriage celebrant. I am duly authorized by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Party 1 and Party 2, 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 entering. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
That’s actually it from me…. then you guys need to say that you really do want to marry each other! You can say something a bit traditional like
I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, [full name], take you, [full name], to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse.
Or you could go modern
[full name], my sweetie-pie, crazy, adventurous, ridiculously beautiful best friend, I am thrilled that I, [full name], can finally be your equally crazy & adventurous partner for life!
Pretty short, hey?
All wedding ceremonies have to have this included by law, and most you’ve attended have more than this. If you want a personalized ceremony, I think up to ½ hour is plenty. After that you risk boring your guests & spoiling the anticipation for the wedding celebration that follows your ceremony. Most of my couples are very comfortable when I tell them around 1/2 hour is what we plan for, which includes sharing some of their story with their guests.