Is "matrimony" a religious term?
February 9, 2014 1:08 PM Subscribe
I've been asked by a friend of mine who is a marriage officiant to translate his marriage ceremony speech into English, and I have a question about wording. In a secular marriage, can you say "joined together in matrimony", or do you have to say "joined together in marriage"?
posted by gkhan to Religion & Philosophy (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I personally think "matrimony" sounds better (especially since the word "marriage" is repeated several times in the text) but to my ears it also has a slight religious feel to it. I suppose that is because in religious ceremonies you say "joined together in holy matrimony", but even without the "holy" it still has an air of religiosity. Or maybe that's just my imagination?
I should say that I have literally no details of the wedding or people involved (not even their genders or names), but my friend is a judge, not a priest, so I'm fairly confident it's a secular ceremony. Also, his original Swedish text contains no religious terms.