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Legal Requirements for Your Wedding Vows

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Legal Requirements for Your Wedding Vows

The wedding vows are a central part of your wedding ceremony – this is where you ‘lawfully’ take someone to be your husband or wife and tell them of your commitment to them personally and to your relationship together.

It is important that you know that there is a legal requirement for you to say certain words at the start of your vows.  You are legally required to say:

“I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, [name], take thee, [name] to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband)”.

There are limited ways you can change this wording.  An alternative would be:

“I ask the people here present to witness that I, [name], take you, [name] to be my lawful wedded spouse”.

You do not have to use your full name in this statement, but your full name (including any ‘middle’ names) must be used at some point during the ceremony.  Often your full names are used at the beginning of the ceremony, that way it is very clear who is marrying whom.

Nicknames or abbreviations of your name are not allowed when making the legal statement, but they can be used elsewhere in the ceremony.  For example, if your name is Nicholas but you are known as Nick, then during the legal statement you must use Nicholas, but elsewhere throughout the ceremony you can be referred to as Nick.

After the legal statement, you can then add your own personal touch to the vows (to be covered in a later blog post).

Should you have a Rehearsal for your Ceremony?

Should you have a Rehearsal for your Ceremony?

There are so many things to plan and organise for your special day – how do you make sure that everything will be just right on the day?

For the ceremony itself, there are many benefits of having a rehearsal:

Knowing how long it will take to ‘walk down the aisle’.

Are your music selections appropriate in relation to the time it takes for the entrance, signing of paperwork, the exit, and any other places in the ceremony that you will have music.

Anyone doing a reading will have an opportunity to practise, will know how they are being introduced and where to do their reading from.

The attendants know where to stand and when they need to do any extras, like holding a bouquet or handing over rings.

When it comes to signing any paperwork that is part of the ceremony, you’ll know the order of signing and who should stand where.

Ideally, a rehearsal should be held a day or two before the ceremony.  It is best to have the rehearsal at the same venue and at the same time of day that your ceremony will be held, but this is sometimes not practical.  If you are unable to hold your rehearsal in the same venue, any park or area with space is a good alternative.

Anyone involved in the ceremony should come along to the rehearsal so there are no surprises on the day.

Your photographer may want to be there to identify any key moments of the ceremony that they should capture.  They may even be able to suggest improved placement to get the most of the lighting.

Having had a rehearsal, you’ll be more relaxed and able to enjoy the moment fully.


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