Marriage, Commitment Ceremonies and Renewal of Vows

As your celebrant, I will work with you to ensure that your Ceremony reflects your vision and aspirations. I will listen to your needs so that I can understand your requirements and advise you on both practical and legal matters applicable to your Ceremony.

Regardless of Ceremony type

As part of my service to you as your celebrant or officiant, regardless of Ceremony type, I will:

  • Provide a high standard of professional service
  • Respect your privacy and treat information that you give me confidentially
  • Provide you with a comprehensive Information Kit, including suggested poetry, readings, and music
  • Give you guidance and work with you to compose a Ceremony that will meet your needs and expectations
  • Be available to discuss with you any issues or changes to ensure that your Ceremony proceeds smoothly on the day
  • Conduct a Ceremony rehearsal
  • Provide a presentation booklet of your Ceremony
  • Have a suitable pen available for signing certificates
  • Provide a high quality PA system, with the option of hand held or lapel microphones, if required
  • Provide a suitable signing table, if required

Renewal of Vows Ceremony

As a couple, you may wish to renew your wedding vows for a number of reasons:

  • a special anniversary;
  • a turning point in your relationship;
  • a new beginning; or
  • just because you want to.

This is an occasion where you can be as formal or informal as you wish, with a ceremony based either on your previous ceremony or with a fresh perspective.

There are no legal requirements for a Renewal of Vows Ceremony.

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Commitment Ceremony

There are situations where a legally binding marriage ceremony is either not possible or not necessary, for example:

  • where a legal marriage has already occurred, or
  • where a couple does not wish to hold a formal marriage ceremony.

In these situations, the couple may still want to declare their love for each publicly and have their relationship officially recognised in front of family and friends, and this is where a Commitment Ceremony is ideal. You have a great deal of flexibility in the content of your ceremony, without the need to meet any legal requirements.

Registration of Your Relationship

In most States and Territories of Australia, adults who are in a relationship as a couple can apply for registration of their relationship, meaning they will be recognised as “de facto partners”. Adults in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships are eligible to register.

Visit the NSW Births Deaths and Marriages website for more information and application forms.

Marriage Equality

Since the change of legislation in Australia in December 2017, same sex couples are now able to legally marry in Australia. If you are looking for a celebrant that supports Marriage Equality, look for this symbol:

Marriage-Equality-Logo-75x75-TransparentYou can read more about this symbol here.

Marriage Ceremony

A marriage is a legally binding ceremony. There are a number of specific legal obligations, including officially registering you marriage, and I will ensure your marriage meets the legal requirements of the Marriage Act 1961.

While there are specific words that must be used from a legal perspective during your Ceremony, there is flexibility to create a personal and unique Ceremony for you as a couple. South Coast wedding celebrants enjoy presiding over a wide variety of wedding vows and ceremony styles. Don’t hesitate to ask me for some ideas if you need inspiration.


  • Our written ceremony was perfect – it was clear that Rosemary understood what we wanted and delivered.  On the day, the ceremony was above and beyond what we expected.  We would definitely recommend Rosemary’s services to other couples planning their wedding.  K & B


  • Rosemary was a friendly, helpful, thoughtful and professional celebrant who helped us create a ceremony that was perfectly suited to us. She was helpful throughout the whole process of planning and went over and above at the rehearsal and ceremony to make sure everything went smoothly.  Anisa

  • Rosemary is a very calm, personable and professional celebrant.  She helped us continuously in the lead-up to our outdoor wedding, ensuring our ceremony was wonderfully smooth.  Of the many highlights of our wedding day, the ceremony was definitely one of them! – Jaime and Nigel

  • For us, the ceremony was the most important aspect of our day and Rosemary helped us to  find the right words to express our love and commitment to each other.  Many people  commented on how moving they found the ceremony and how well it reflected us as both  individuals and as a couple. We would highly recommend Rosemary to anyone seeking a  celebrant sensitive to and able to respond to the clients requirements.

    Karen and Grant

  • We’ve had great feedback about how lovely our ceremony was.  Thank you for making this memorable not only for us but for our families and friends as well.

    Ruby and Mike

  • We really appreciated the work that you put into making the service just right for us – a great way to start our life together as husband and wife.

    Mark and Anna

  • Thanks for making our day so special for us.  The ceremony was absolutely what we wanted and meant so much to us. 

    Sandra and Terry

  • Rosemary was always very friendly and most helpful in providing suggestions. We were very happy and everyone commented on how wonderful the ceremony was.

    Laura and Tim