John Beattie, CMC, JP

Fully Qualified Civil Marriage Celebrant Wagga Wagga

The Marriage Ceremony

"John was fantastic, he went out of his way to make our day as good as it could have ever been. We highly recommend John Beattie." Fiona & Shaun


Marriage is an exciting time for all involved and it is always to be remembered that it is YOUR special day. It is important therefore that the ceremony composed is one that you both want. With this in mind you are encouraged to work very closely with your Marriage Celebrant in putting together a ceremony that will always be remembered. Ceremonies can be formal, or in a relaxed informal but sincere manner.




A Civil Marriage Celebrant has certain obligations under the Marriage Act 1961 and these will be explained to you at your first meeting. Other than that the content of the marriage ceremony is totally your choice.
You will be supplied with samples of ceremonies and verses that can be used, however you are not obliged to use any of them. Additionally, you could mix and match parts of ceremonies to arrive at the most suitable ceremony for your particular requirements. It may well be that you are able to compose your complete ceremony and this is acceptable providing it complies with the obligations of the Marriage Celebrant under the Marriage Act.


Family and friends can also be involved. Perhaps you have certain readings or verses that you would like them to read for you. Many couples arrange for music to be played at the ceremony: this could be taped music, it could be a trio of musicians or even a Piper. Almost whatever it takes to complete your special day is possible.

SigningAt the completion of the ceremony you will be required to sign the Marriage Register and Marriage Certificates, together with two witnesses over the age of eighteen and the Marriage Celebrant. You will be presented with your Marriage Certificate and a complimentary copy of your marriage ceremony if requested.

Sample Marriage Certificate