- Wedding - Marriage - Legal Marriage What's in
A ceremony that acknowledges your commitment to
one another but does not create a legally
recognised change in your status
A wedding refers to the events of a day (in some
cultures this might stretch to several days).
It generally includes a ceremony to unite a
couple for life and a celebratory event in which
family and friends of the couple join them for a
meal and other activities such as cutting a
cake, toasts, dancing, etc. There is no
reason, legally or otherwise, why couples
who cannot legally marry shouldn't have a wedding.
Marriage, as they say, lasts a lifetime, so the
word describes a condition. But it can also be
used to describe an event. Typically on wedding
invitations guests are invited to "the marriage
of" and this is understood to be the marriage
ceremony. Where there is a reception afterwards,
that information is generally given as "and
afterwards......" or something similar.
Legal marriage is where the government gets
involved. The Marriage Act specifies and controls
who can legally marry and what must be done in
order that a marriage is recognised as legal.
While a marriage is a contract between two people,
it is the registration of that marriage with the
relevant government entity and the recognition by
government of the marriage that makes it legal.
Legal marriage grants couples rights and benefts.
And while most couples in Australia marry in a
civil ceremony (70%) a religious marriage ceremony
is the only religious ceremony that delivers
/ Registered Partnership / Civil Partnership
Civil Unions are a mechanism by which a
government grants certain relationship
entitlements to couples. In Australia while
Marriage comes under Federal jurisdiction, Civil
Unions/Registered Partnerships or Civil
Partnerships are controlled by individual states.
In Queensland couples can register their
relationship with Births, Deaths, and Marriages.