Chapter 16 » 16.28

Detailed marriage procedure

Action by registering officers

The registering officer is advised to meet with the applicants at a very early stage, preferably before they complete any marriage forms, so that the Quaker testimony on marriage (16.0116.15) may be talked over, to ensure that the applicants understand the nature of Quaker worship, our testimony of simplicity and the avoidance of ostentation (for example, in dress and decoration), and are ready to make their declarations using the words required. The registering officer should ensure a meeting for clearness (16.3716.39) is held, or (if this is not area meeting practice) at least draw one or more other Friends (preferably elders or overseers) into these conversations.

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