Your ceremony can be as original as you desire, however, under Australian Law there are certain
words that must be included in the ceremony.
Each of the parties say to the other, in the presence of the authorised celebrant and the
witnesses, the words:
“I call upon the persons here present to witness that I ____________ take thee _______________to
be my lawful wedded husband /wife"
(or words to that effect).
For further information on vows, please see "Your vows".
The celebrant must say :
“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
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"
For further information on the Monitum please see "Changes to the monitum".