Order of Ceremony

A civil ceremony lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the music and readings you include.

The example shows where these may be included.

  • Background music of your choice can be played as your guests are seated
  • Entrance of the couple (either together or separately)
  • A welcome and introduction
  • A reading by a member of your wedding party (optional)
  • The definition of marriage according to the law
  • Declaratory Words
  • The "giving away" of one or both parties (optional)
  • Contracting Words (vows)
  • Any personal vows or promises (optional)
  • The exchange of rings (optional)
  • Another reading by a member of your wedding party (optional)
  • Announcement of couple as husband and wife/husband and husband or wife and wife
  • The Signing of the Marriage Schedule
  • Presentation of Commemorative Certificate
  • Photographs
  • Exit of the couple

Please note due to Covid-19 this order of ceremony may differ, please speak with the Ceremonies Team about your booking if you have any queries.