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Monitum at a Wedding Ceremony

A Civil Marriage Celebrant is required to recite a monitum (a latin word meaning 'warning') from the Marriage Act, that informs a wedding couple of the legal expectation of the binding nature of marriage within Australia.

The exact wording is as follows:


______________________and ______________________, before you are joined in marriage in my presence, and in the presence of these witnesses, your family and friends, I must remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship that you are 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.


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The Monitum (Latin word for 'warning') is issued verbally by the Celebrant, prior to the exchange of vows. It is meant as a reminder to the bride and groom about the binding nature of marriage. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 1800 229 142

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