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It's during the wedding ceremony that a couple becomes husband and wife. Without it, there will be no marriage!

There are four general questions you need to ask yourselves (and your parents, if they are involved) before you get in to the details of the planning of your wedding ceremony.

1. Do we want a religious or civil wedding ceremony?
You have to decide if you want to be married by a minister of religion or a civil marriage celebrant.

2. Do we want to invite everyone we know to the ceremony, or just our closest family and friends and the others only to the reception?
The wedding ceremony is probably the most special part of the wedding day because it is then that you become a married couple. So you have to decide if you want to share this special occasion with people you are the closest to or with others too, such as work colleagues.

3. Where do we want to have the wedding ceremony?
You have to decide where you want to have the wedding ceremony. For example, do you want to have it in a church, on your favourite beach, or in a civil marriage celebrant's room? Keep in mind, though, that because most churches and other ceremony sites are usually booked a year or so in advance, you may have to be flexible when choosing your ceremony site. Not all churches, for example, will be available on your selected wedding date. Therefore, so you don't have to wait for too long to tie the knot, make sure you book your ceremony venue as soon as possible!

4. How much do we want to spend on the ceremony?
You may already have set up a total budget for the entire wedding. That's great, but you also have to decide how much you are prepared to spend on the actual wedding ceremony. For example, do you want to spend less on the ceremony and splash out on other things such as the reception, or vice versa? Or do you want to splash out on the entire wedding, including the ceremony? It's all up to you and your budget.

Once you have answered these general questions it is time to plan the details of the wedding ceremony.

More information:

  • Wedding Ceremonies and Order of Events
    Whether it's a religious or civil wedding ceremony there is a standard order of events. Click here for more info.

  • The Processional
    The order of which the bridal party, the bride, and her father enter the ceremony venue before the service begins. Click here for more info.

  • The Recessional
    The order of which the bridal party, the bride, and her father leave the ceremony venue after the service. Click here for more info.

  • The Ceremony Service
    The ceremony service consists of seven parts. Click here for more info.

  • Wedding Vows
    These days it's not too uncommon to personalise wedding vows, but if you want some examples of traditional wedding vows, click here for more info.

  • The Ring Exchange
    The declaration of the wedding vows by the couple is often followed by additional vows - the exchange of rings vows. Click here for more info.