Nice and simple

Registry Wedding

  • Are you thinking of getting married but don’t want all the fuss and fanfare that goes along with a typical wedding?
  • Are you planning a traditional marriage ceremony overseas but would like to have a simple ceremony here in Australia as well?
  • Do you want to have a secret or intimate ceremony on a day and time that suits your other commitments?
  • Do you want a simple ceremony with just a few close friends and family?
  • Are you in the military and being posted overseas but want to get married before you leave?



A registry style wedding might be just what you are looking for.

A registry style wedding is quick and simple as it only contains the 3 mandatory non-negotiable elements of the wedding ceremony under Australian law. These cannot be omitted or changed in any way.

A registry style wedding can be conducted by a celebrant in their office in under 1/2 an hour. However, you are not limited to an office, you can choose any setting or location you want, remember it is just the ceremony that is shortened. I have conducted registry style weddings by the water, in backyards, on a footbridge, in places of business, in parks, in restaurants and even in a kayak on the lake. There is no limit to when and where you have your ceremony, it is still your wedding your way and I am happy to help you make it special.


Below is an overview of what a typical registry style wedding ceremony looks like.


Ceremony Elements  

Monitum (Mandatory)
For the marriage to be legal the celebrant MUST read the Monitum as issued and directed by the Attorney General’s Department

Legal Vows (Mandatory)
For the marriage to be solemnised you MUST say your legal vows in front of your witnesses

Exchange of Rings (optional)
It is typical for couples to exchange wedding rings signifying their relationship is solid and never ending just like the circle of the ring

Signing of the Register (Mandatory)
Paperwork MUST be completed by each of you, your witnesses and the celebrant in the presence of each other to finalise the marriage. It will take 5 – 10 minutes to ensure everything is signed correctly at the same time. This is a good opportunity to get a few beautiful photos of this very important element of the ceremony.