Top End couples prefer to make their vows away from religion
“A lot more people are wanting outdoor ceremonies these days” CAITLYN DAVEY
TERRITORIANS are the least likely in the nation to get hitched.
On average there were just 3.1 marriages per 1000 people in 2017.
If you were going to get hitched though you are more likely to be wed by a civil celebrant than by a religious institution.
In the past decade the number of marriages in the NT has risen and fallen with the current figure of 769 just 17 less than a decade ago in 2007.
Over the past 10 years the number of marriages spiked in 2013 with 893 couples tying the knot. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate 78 per cent of marriages across Australia are now completed by a civil celebrant.
Local wedding celebrant Caitlyn Davey has been marrying people for the past two years.
She runs Ceremonies by Ceejay and said couples opted for a civil ceremony because their views weren’t aligned to a religion and/or they wanted to have a more personalised event.
“A lot more people are wanting outdoor ceremonies these days, which priests normally won’t do, and people want more of a relaxed ceremony,” she said.
She also said couples were more keen to get married in the great outdoors than in a function room. She said the Dry was the busiest time of the year, with dates booked out as early as 18 months in advance.
Jessica and Tom Mooney wed on July 13 at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens with the help of Ms Davey. They opted for a civil ceremony as religion wasn’t a big part of their lives.
“Tom and I decided on a civil ceremony because religion has not been a big part of our lives and we felt the promises we made to each other needed to be relevant,” she said.
“We just wanted to keep it simple and make sure the emphasis was on what we were committing to each other.
“We both wanted there to be an emphasis on being in this commitment completely equally and we did not ask for me to be ‘given’ to Tom, but rather for both sets of our parents to bless our marriage.”
Jessica and Tom Mooney opted for a civil ceremony and were wed by Caitlyn Davey at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens