Chapter 16 » 16.27

Detailed marriage procedure

Action by the couple

If one or both of the couple is not in membership, each person not in membership must complete an application for permission to be joined in marriage according to the usage of the Religious Society of Friends (form B/C). Each application must be supported by the written recommendation of two adult members of the Society.

The two adult members are expected to have discussed the application with each of the couple. They should be satisfied that the applicant(s) is/are in unity with our testimony as to the nature of marriage, and has experience of our meetings for worship. They should not be close relatives of either of the couple. It may be appropriate to meet each person separately.

The completed forms should be returned to the registering officer, who will follow the procedure described in 16.29.

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