So here's what you need to know ...  

To be legally married in Australia, a person must:

  • not be married to someone else

  • not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister

  • be at least 18 years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between 16 and 18 years old

  • understand what marriage means and freely consent to marrying

  • use specific words during the ceremony

  • give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorised celebrant, within the required time frame.  

Important paperwork - Notice of Intended Marriage

  • I must receive a completed Notice of Intended Marriage from from you at least one month before your wedding but you can give it to me to 18 months beforehand. I can help you complete the form. The notice may be completed and witnessed outside Australia, if required.

  • We need to talk, if there is less than one month before your wedding. A prescribed authority may approve a shorter notice time in some circumstances.

  • I will need to sight evidence of date and place of birth, identity and the end of any previous marriages for each party. In some instances, I may also need to ask you to complete a Statutory Declaration to support your evidence.

Other things to know

  • Shortly before your wedding, I'll require you both to sign a Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage

  • Two witnesses (both over 18 years of age) will be required to sign the legal paperwork on the day of the wedding

  • You will receive a Commemorative Marriage Certificate at your ceremony (not official Marriage Certificate)

  • Application will need to be made for an official Marriage Certificate through the relevant Dept of Births, Deaths & Marriage.  I can apply for the certificate on your behalf when I register your marriage electronically.  Cost of certificate is payable by you and the certificate will be posted to you.