During a marriage ceremony, a priest pronounces a couple “man and wife”. This is preceded by a particular ritual through which the priest says some verses from the holy book and sometimes requires the couple to repeat the same after him. What is this last stage called? Can I say “the marriage formula was pronounced?”
The traditional formula in English, whether it’s a religious or secular ceremony, is
The [person officiating the ceremony] pronounced the happy couple man and wife.
If you want something shorter and more abstract:
The marriage ceremony was concluded.
Shortest: the internet has shown me that this phase of the proceeding is called the