Ceremony Styles

What Type of Wedding Ceremony Style is right for you ?

In essence, your wedding should reflect who you both are. By that I mean, if you are humorous, then have a light-hearted wedding.

If you are spiritual, then incorporate some of your beliefs in the ceremony, if you are alternate, then have some alternate rituals in your ceremony. If there is a cultural background, this can also be incorporated in the ceremony beautifully.

The Ceremony can and should be a combination of both the bride and groom’s input and what is important to them. The guests should leave saying with the feeling that they have been to a ceremony that was designed by and for you, that reflected your personalities and who you both are. Each wedding can be as unique as each couple.

In Australia we are very lucky because as far as Wedding Ceremony Styles, anything goes! Unless you choose to be married in a religious ceremony that follows time-honoured religious protocol conducted in a Church officiated by a Religious Minister, wedding ceremonies can be as creative as you like. The range of options is vast.

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Finding your own personal style is a matter of deciding the type of ceremony most suited to you both and getting a sense of which rituals, blessings, poems, music, readings, and cultural or religious aspects are personally meaningful.

As a Marriage Celebrants, we find it is all about blending. The first task is to assess the general style of ceremony that is right for each couple. The second is to seek ways to blend in the traditions they do like, with creativity, romance and personal touches.

These personal touches can be anything from aspects of their religions or cultures, to honouring and involving family, to including a humorous story about how they met or a poignant poem that captures their feelings. Or all of the above!

As a reference point, there are many and varied types of weddings to choose from.

Traditional: These can be typically faith-based and from the tradition the bride and groom were born into. This type of ceremony follows standard and time honoured structure of the ceremony.

Alternative: These ceremonies are very personal and often include one or more rituals. They often may include the guests in the rituals and definitely reflect the personalities of the couple.


Non-denominational. May be a spiritual ceremony but does not have to include a reference to God or any religious figure, and does not adhere to any particular religious protocol.

Non-religious. Usually includes no reference to faith and typically does not mention God. Some people call it a civil ceremony. These ceremonies are also personal and often include many personal aspects of the couple.

Interfaith. This is a blending of two or more faiths, by including aspects of religion or religious rituals or readings that are symbolic of each faith.

Intercultural. This is a blending of cultures — such as a Filipino veil ceremony with a Celtic Hand Binding — and yet can certainly also blend religious aspects.

Themed. This is usually a ceremony adapted from something that is part of popular culture and close to the hearts of the bride and groom. It may be a full ceremony dressed as a Knight and Lady of the Court, to including lines from their favourite song, to creating a ceremony based on a favourite romance novel or movie.

That said, from our perspective, you can do all of the above in one specially tailored ceremony.

Wedding Ceremonies - A Sand Ceremony with Celebrant Shane Kells
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Here are some questions to consider about creating your own personalised wedding:

  1. What sort of personalities do you have and what are your interests? Are you out- going, humorous, quiet, offbeat, spiritual etc? – do you want to include humour in your ceremony, do you want it to be meaningful but not spiritual? Is one really interested in a hobby like fishing or music? These can often be incorporated as well.
  2. Where does religion or beliefs fit in — or do they? Would you like to include an aspect of the faiths you were born into or currently believe in?  Do you want to include mention of God — or would you simply prefer a blessing upon your union without mention of any Divine presence?
  3. What kind of ceremony would be most suited to the two of you?  Would you like something personal yet includes aspects of your traditions?  Would something romantic and offbeat be more your style? Maybe something light hearted but meaningful? Or something that has a beautiful ritual to symbolize your commitment to each other?
  4. What are your special needs?Think about the requirements you each may have. If you are of the same faith, is one of you more religious than the other? You may come from different cultures or backgrounds, how much do you want to honour your heritage and the traditions of your parents and family, if at all? You may want to simply make mention or acknowledge a loved one either living or passed in the ceremony. It is common to acknowledge a parent or grandparent who has had an impact on you and may not be around now.
  5. What do you two truly want? Most importantly, be completely honest with one another and then, your celebrant. Make sure you are creating this ceremony for the two of you — not just to please others.

Remember it is all about you! No one else is getting married!

Whichever path you follow, here’s a mantra to help you create a ceremony that is all your own: “We will create our wedding ceremony our way to reflect who we both are!”

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Whatever your Ceremony preference, we have you covered.

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