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Welcome to Country at Wedding Ceremony
Tim Manger
Civil Marriage Celebrant

As an offering of respect and acknowldgement to the indiginoue people of Australia, Tim beleives that the inclusion of a Welcome to Coutnry is a critical element of any marriage ceremony conducted in a public place or place of significance.

An example of a Welcome to Country acknowledgement is:

'We would like to acknowledge the Warrunjeri Tribe [or other tribe] as the traditional owners and custodians of these lands. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people'.


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Can we Invite an Indigenous Elder to conduct our wedding ceremony?

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Yes, provided that the legal elements are performed by me (Civil Celebrant).

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Can we include Indigenous rituals in our marriage ceremony?

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Yes.

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Why is it difficult to find Marriage Rituals relating to Indigenous Australians?

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The most common issue is, that apart from there being 2 main types of Indigenous Australians (Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders), each tribe has it's own distinct beliefs, ceremonies and rituals. There is no 'one-size-fits-all', so it is important to research the ceremonial practices of your selected tribe or blood ancestry.

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What kind of Indigenous Rituals can you recommend for our Ceremony?

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The Smoke Ceremony is quite common, which is primarily performed to ward off bad spirits. Any rituals that relate to the Dreamtime are also common, since most of the symbolism of Aboriginal and Indigenous Australia is based on mythology.

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Can you do a Welcome to Country at our ceremony?

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Yes, I believe it is important to acknowledge (if requested) the indigenous people of our land.

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