Authorised marriage celebrants are required to ensure that the guests understand that the marriage ceremony is a legal one.
If the marriage ceremony is a civil one, Section 46 of the Marriage Act requires the marriage celebrant to say the Monitum:
46 Certain authorised celebrants to explain nature of marriage relationship
- Subject to subsection (2), before a marriage is solemnized by or in the presence of an authorized celebrant, not being a minister of religion of a recognized denomination, the authorized celebrant shall say to the parties, in the presence of the witnesses, the words: “I am duly authorized by law to solemnize 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.”;
or words to that effect.
- Where, in the case of a person authorized under subsection 39(2) to solemnize marriages, the Minister is satisfied that the form of ceremony to be used by that person sufficiently states the nature and obligations of marriage, the Minister may, either by the instrument by which that person is so authorized or by a subsequent instrument, exempt that person from compliance with subsection (1) of this section.
Your Celebrant from The Celebrants Network has been trained to ensure that your marriage ceremony includes the necessary components of a legal marriage as well as the personal elements that make your ceremony special for you and your guests