How short can our wedding ceremony be?
The answer is 121 words, ok 123 if you both have a middle name.
Seriously, this is the legal requirement for a wedding and this week l performed a wedding for Amy and Ken that didn’t go for much longer than that.
Together for a few years and looking for a small intimate ceremony to prelude a holiday; Amy and Ken got dressed up, hired a photographer and headed to a picturesque local spot to tie the knot. Despite the low key, relaxed attitude, l can guarantee it was equally as lovely as any other wedding l have officiated.
When they had first started talking weddings, everyone had shared their opinion of what Amy and Ken should do, where they should go and who they should invite.
It made sense to them to do it this way and it was their wedding – so why not! In fact, they chose to keep it a secret until they were at the airport ready to leave.
In Amy’s words “so everyone could have 9 days to get over not being invited”.
What did their family and friends miss and what must be included in a civil marriage ceremony?
That is it!
SO where are the ‘I do’s, rings, readings, songs, stories, candles and all the other things you see at a wedding?
Those bits are completely up to the couple to include if they choose.
Some people might say that 123 words is not enough to get all dressed up for, however given that they are the same 123 words that everyone getting married in a civil ceremony in Australia says, l think it is kind of cool that the rest is up to you.
How many words were in your ceremony?
How many words will you have?
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