The Minimum Legal Wedding Vows

Neal Foster The Marriage Celebrant Fiona and Paul

The minimum legal vows required for someone to be legally married in Australia.

I get asked regularly about the minimum legal vows required for someone to be legally married in Australia.

My name is (celebrant's name) and I am duly authorised by law to solemnise 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 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.

 This is not negotiable - it must be said by the marriage celebrant.

The couples must then say the following vows:

I ask everyone here to witness that I (full name) take you (full name) to be my lawful wedded wife.

 I ask everyone here to witness that I (full name) take you (full name) to be my lawful wedded husband.

If you say those words and sign the required paperwork in front of two witnessses aged over 18 years - you are then legally married.

Prior to this you will have had to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage with your chosen marriage celebrant at least one month prior to the chosen date, provided all of the necessary original identification documents and signed the required wedding declarations.