Your Marriage – To Be Legally Valid…

Signing the marriage certificate

Your marriage to be legally valid in Australia must comply with the Marriage Act. There are four basic elements for your wedding ceremony that are required and are listed below.

1 Celebrant says – “My name is Kate Joubert and I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Before you are to be joined together in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and the 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.”

2 Groom’s vows – “I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, (Groom’s name), take thee, (Bride’s name), to be my lawful wedded wife.” You can add your personal vows before or after these vows.

3 Bride’s vows - “I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, (Bride’s name), take thee, (Groom’s name), to be my lawful wedded husband.” You can add your personal vows before or after these vows.

The only words that are permissible to change are,

“call upon” to “ask”
“persons” to “people”
“thee” to “you”
or “husband” or “wife” to “spouse”

You can leave out “lawful” or you can leave out “wedded” but not both.

4 At the conclusion of your wedding ceremony you will sign three marriage documents – the marriage register, and two marriage certificates.

This is the minimum legal requirement for your marriage ceremony in Australia. Around these legalities your ceremony can be created however you wish.

Happy planning!

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