During the ceremony, the celebrant is required to quote the Monitum:
I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law.
Bride and groom, 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 a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
These words may be changed slightly but must not alter the meaning of the statement.
The bride and groom are required to state the legal vows within the hearing of the celebrant. Personal vows may also be included.
The legal vows are:
I call upon all the persons here to witness that I Groom, take you Bride, to be my lawful wedded wife.
I call upon all the persons here to witness that I Bride, take you Groom, to be my lawful wedded husband.
Following the Marriage Ceremony
The authorised celebrant is required to send the Notice of Intended Marriage, Marriage Certificate and Declaration to the Registrar of
Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state or territory in which the marriage takes place, within 14 days after the marriage ceremony.
The celebrant presents the couple with a printed Certificate, witnessed by two persons aged more than eighteen years.
If the Marriage Certificate is required for legal purposes, an application must be submitted to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state or territory in which the marriage took place.
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