Civil Celebrant Perth
Civil Celebrants must uphold The Marriage Act 1961, Schedule 1A, Regulation 37L – Code of Practise which states:
“A marriage celebrant must recognise the social, cultural and legal significance of marriage and the marriage ceremony in the Australian community and the importance of strong and respectful relationships.”
History of Civil Celebrants
In 1973, Senator Lionel Murphy initiated ‘The Marriage Celebrants Program.’
This program provided couples who did not want to be married in a church or at the Registry Office with a meaningful alternative.
The new celebrant program allowed the Registrar General to appoint suitably qualified persons to conduct marriage ceremonies.
These new appointees were called ‘Civil Celebrants,’ in order to distinguish them from the former religious celebrants.
Couples wanting to be married in Australia were now given greater flexibility in the way their ceremony could be conducted.
Couples were given the freedom to choose their own unique location for their wedding and could even write their own ceremony, choosing poems, readings and accompanying music, providing it was in compliance with the Laws of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Majority Of Marriages Conducted By Civil Celebrants
Today, the majority of marriages conducted in Australia are performed by civil celebrants.
Marriage is a social institution – with legal sanction – that unites a man and a women, and civil celebrants must recognise and standby the importance of ‘strong and respectful family relationships.’ – The Marriage Act 1961, Schedule 1A, (3) Code of Practise for Marriage Celebrants (Regulation 37L).
Upholding the Institution of Marriage
Civil Celebrants are members of the community who perform civil marriage ceremonies recognising the social, cultural and legal significance of marriage.
They are responsible for recognising the importance of the institution of marriage and the significance of the binding nature of the union between an man and a woman.
A Civil Celebrant solemnises the marriage between a man and a woman according the the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Design A Wedding That Meets Their Needs
A Civil Celebrant helps couples to design a wedding ceremony that meets their needs and complies with the legal requirements of the Commonwealth of Australia. They also:
- officiates at a wedding ceremony, providing an opportunity for family, friends and guests to witness a couples commitment as they share their wedding vows with each other.
- believes that true love between a man and a woman is to commit to each other freely and without reservation.
- ensures that marriage is not just another relationship in our lives, but is a relationship that is worthy of our greatest efforts.
- affirms that in a marriage, the husband a wife should strive to please each other, not out of a sense of duty, but is a spirit of love and joy and even sacrifice.
- recognises in a marriage, that each man and each woman still have their own unique needs and that a man and a woman must be sensitive to the needs of each other.
- recognises ‘the need to preserve and protect the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.’ (Family Law Act 1975, section 43).
More Information On Civil Celebrants Perth
- If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your wedding with a civil celebrant in Perth,
- If you are currently living in overseas and would like to be married by a civil celebrant in Perth,
- Is you fiancé living overseas? If you are planning to be married in Perth, WA, and need a prospective spouse or fiancé (e) visa, I can provide you with the necessary letter from the Department of Immigration.
For further information about being married by a civil celebrant in Perth, WA contact:
Robert Whately – Civil Celebrant Perth, WA
Mob: 042 316 7662