Choosing Your Witness Hints & ideas

Who should be your witness?

The legal definition is this “you are legally required to have two witnesses at your ceremony who speak and understand English. They must be 18 years or older and know either party.” As your celebrant, I cannot be your witness, and you can only have one witness each.

So, who should you pick?

Often people believe that it should be the best man and maid of honour. However, if they are over 18 and not under the influence of any alcohol or other substances then anyone can be your witness, even if they live or come from overseas. As your bridal party already have an important job perhaps pick your witness based on another reason. For example, many couples choose their mothers as they get to be the first to congratulate you. It also makes for a lovely photo with you both standing behind them as they witness your marriage ceremony. Some people pick a grandparent, a great friend that for whatever reason couldn’t be in the bridal party. You could choose a sibling that again might not be in the bridal party but whom you would like to give an important job to.

I will need their FULL legal name

Your witnesses name will be on your marriage certificate so when you do pick that person it might be something to take into consideration. This is another chance for your ceremony to add a personal touch to make your day even more memorable and personal.


If you have them, please ask me. Remember it’s your wedding day, and you need to know all the details, and there is no such thing as a silly question. I should know because I ask lots of questions, all the time.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy the big day!

These gorgeous photos were taken by Bridget from Bridget Quain Photography. Click on this link for more details.

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Penelope Carrick



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