Marriage is a gift of God our creator. It is a symbol of God’s unending love for his people, and of the union between Christ and his Church ... No one should enter it lightly or selfishly, but responsibly and joyfully, with mutual respect and the promise to be faithful.

(A Prayer Book for Australia)

Marriage is a most important decision for a couple and the Anglican marriage service seeks to express both the solemnity and the joy of this decision. Anglicans believe that in the marriage service God joins a man and a woman in physical and spiritual union. This union reflects that union which exists between Christ and his Church.

The Anglican tradition emphasises that marriage is a life-long commitment and that the couple can expect to be blessed by the gift of children.