I came across a wonderful idea for a Surprise Wedding today. This idea was shared by a Celebrant colleague Wendy Alce, also from the N.S.W. Central Coast (Ph : 0243 233299 Alt Ph : 0420711395). Wendy is a member of the Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc
“I did a surprise wedding where only the Bride & Groom had organised a BBQ. I (Celebrant) mingled with family & friends and the Groom got everyones attention then got down on one knee, proposed to his Bride and said ‘I wish there was a Celebrant in the house’ which was my queue to come forward. We drew names from a hat for best man and bridesmaid who was given a plastic flower. You could of heard a pin drop. There were many happy tears, it was a wonderful casual wedding and a lot of fun, just how they wanted it.”
Maybe this idea appeals to you too?
The fine print:
The surprise at a Wedding can only be to the family and friends attending the ceremony – by law a wedding cannot be performed with the “surprised” one being either the Bride or Groom. No person can be put under pressure to enter into a marriage and the pressures imposed by a ’surprise’ wedding could place in doubt the validity of the marriage under section 23B of the Marriage Act 1961 – that is that the person’s consent to the marriage was not a real consent because it was obtained by duress or fraud.