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What Legally Needs to Be Said in a Marriage Ceremony?

Updated: Jan 2, 2021

So you've started thinking about what you want included in your ceremony but you are wondering, what legally needs to be said? Here's what must be included to make your marriage legal.

In order to make your marriage official under Australian law, the following sentences (or words to the same effect) must be included in your ceremony:

  • (Celebrant introduction) I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law.

  • Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.

  • Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.

  • I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, A.B. (or C.D.), take thee, C.D. (or A.B.), to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband, or spouse).

And that's it! All the other words included in your ceremony can be exactly what you want them to be.

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