Over the past 80 years or so Australia has seem many people of different nationalities and cultures come to live in this great country. This had added immense diversity to many areas of Australian life.
The Anglo/European influx of the 50’s and 60’s has slowly been expanded to include many Asian, Islander and sub-continent countries, including our comrades from across the Tasman and more recently middle eastern and African nations. This has brought with it some issues of multi-culturalism and also assimilation. The diverse backgrounds of many of our visitors and migrants can however offer us an opportunity for cross-cultural exploration and celebration as no matter what country one comes from, most see marriage as an important rite-of-passage and the day itself as one of great importance.
At Your Celebrant we believe that although we conduct civil ceremonies according to Australian law, it is your choice if you would like to bring elements of your background, heritage, religion or culture to the ceremony.
These elements can take the form of readings, rituals, ceremonial dress, pre or post ceremony blessings by a family elder or any combination of these you may wish to include. At Your Celebrant we are proud of the flexibility the Australian marriage act and laws allow visitors and residents choosing to marry here. You can marry at virtually any time, any location and we are happy to make suggestions regarding venues if that is required. We are also available to marry anywhere in Australia, we are not limited to state regulations.
I am more than happy to incorporate any of your ideas that convey your thoughts and understanding of marriage, not withstanding the legal definition by Australian law and the marriage act of which we are subject when conducting a wedding ceremony in Australia and it’s territories.
In my 80+ page Your Celebrant resource folder I have a range of suggestions regarding how to include various cultural and religious elements into your ceremony; all of which I have personally researched and written. I would be delighted to share that information with you and discuss their inclusion on the big day, so do not be shy, reach out and ask me how we can make it all come together – the possibilities are near endless.
Ron Gallagher. http://www.yourcelebrant.com.au