Weddings

The Temple is reserved for private prayer and meditation, or for public services of worship.

Accordingly, weddings may be conducted outdoors in designated areas in the Temple grounds, but not in the Temple itself. Couples sometimes arrange to say prayers in the Temple before or after their wedding ceremony.

Weddings held in the grounds must be Baha'i weddings, whether or not the couple are Baha'is. The marriage must be celebrated by a legally authorised marriage celebrant.

The requirements for a Baha'i marriage ceremony include:

  • Parental consents: according to the Baha'i teachings, the marriage of a couple should result in the joining of their respective families. To facilitate their love and support, and out of respect, the couple must obtain consent to marry from their natural parents.
  • Witnesses: two people will be appointed as witnesses to the Baha'i marriage.
  • Pledge or vows: the Baha'i marriage vow, said individually by the bride and groom in the presence of the witnesses, is: "We will all, verily, abide by the will of God".

For further information about holding a wedding in the Temple grounds, please contact the National Baha’i Office on (02) 9998 9222 or email secretariat@bnc.bahai.org.au