Vows - what do we have to say?
It can be quite mind boggling when arranging a wedding. There are so many things to think about and consider.
When it comes to your actual ceremony though, that is where I step in. I guide you every step of the way to ensure your ceremony is the way that you want it to be. There are legals that have to be included to ensure the validity of the marriage, however that doesn't mean you can't say your own personal vows to your partner.
A common question I am asked is:- " Can we say the same vows? " And the answer is "Yes you can!" That choice is entirely yours.
Subsection 45(2) of the Marriage Act sets out the minimum words (or vows) which must be used by the couple for a non-religious (civil) ceremony to be a marriage ceremony:
" I call upon the persons here present to witness that I ABC take you DEF to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse" That is the legal sentence that must be said by both parties to the marriage.
I offer suggestions of wordings on the following:-
Dedication to parents
Giving away of the bride
Once I have a couple's choices, I put together a draft and email it to them for approval.
It is your day and it should reflect your personality along with your needs and wants.