What means ' a ceremony in front of a vicar doesn't make a marriage'?
'...And I wish I had married her!' He turned to Fanny. 'But never mind, darling,' he said, 'in the sight of God you are my wife!'
At these words along, low cry of despair and anger came from Bathsheba’s lips. 'If she’s – that, what – am I?'
'You are nothing to me, nothing,' said Troy heartlessly.' A ceremony in front of a vicar doesn’t make a marriage. I don’t consider myself your husband.'
Here what means 'A ceremony in front of a vicar doesn't make a marriage'?
Does it mean that a marriage is only valid has witnessed by a vicar?