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Publication of banns

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Publication of banns  (PUBLICATION of banns)

In some countries the publication of banns1 or intent to marry1 is a necessary preliminary to a marriage (501-4), giving public notice to persons interested, who may then oppose the marriage if they have reason to do so. In many countries a marriage licence2 must be obtained before a marriage ceremony can take place. A marriage certificate3 is usually delivered to the newly married couple4 after the ceremony. The consummation of marriage5 has occurred, or a marriage has been consummated5 when sexual relations have taken place between the spouses.

  • 4. Before the celebration of the marriage the future spouses are said to be engaged, a word which comes from the custom of engagements, which consists of a more or less formal exchange of promises to marry.