Marriage is a sacred commitment of two people to love one another in faithful partnership with the expectation that the relationship will mature and be mutually enriching. Friends know that marriage depends on this mutual commitment of the couple and not on any external service or words. Thus, the ceremony in which the couple formally announces this commitment is performed by the couple alone, in the presence of God, the families and the worshiping community. Both the solemnity and the joy of the occasion are enhanced by its simplicity. The meeting extends its loving care through a process of clearness for the couple and, upon approval by the meeting, through careful attention to a meeting for worship for marriage. In addition, the meeting ensures that any applicable legal requirements are addressed.