By the time a young Christian is ready to marry, they will have been taught that marriage is the joining of two people in a faithful and loving covenant-relationship before God. The Christian marriage ceremony takes place in the sight of God and before friends and family, and is conducted by an ordained minister or priest. The couple make vows (binding obligations towards each other), rings are exchanged (a sign of the everlasting nature of the vows and the couple’s relationship) and prayers are said for the couple and their life together. In England and Wales, all Anglican clergy are legally recognised as official registrars for wedding solemnizations within their own church buildings. This may not be the case for other churches and clergy.