It is a legal requirement for me, as a Registered Marriage Celebrant, or any Celebrant, to read out the specific legal words with a clear and sound voice in the presence of the persons witnessing the marriage. However, the structure/elements of the ceremony, any other words, poems, readings, rituals, etc., before and after is up to the couple.
There are also legal vow words that must be recited by me as the Registered Marriage Celebrant, or any Celebrant, and then repeated by the couple. However, I encourage couples to write their own personal vows to declare to each other on their wedding day, celebration of commitment, and or renewing of vows. Vows do not have to be complex or elaborate! I can also assist here!
To be legally married in Australia, a person must:
From 9 December 2017, sex or gender no longer affects the right to marry under Australian law and same-sex marriage became legal in Australia. The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 amended the Marriage Act 1961 to redefine marriage as 'the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life'.
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