There is a lot to consider when planning your wedding day. This blog will help you with the key legal requirements.
To be legally married in Australia, a man and woman must:
- not be married to someone else
- not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
- be at least eighteen years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between sixteen and eighteen years old
- understand what marriage means and freely consent to becoming husband and wife
- use specific words during the ceremony
- Give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorised celebrant.
When you choose Mr and Mrs Celebrant as your Celebrants we will help you understand these requirements.
You don’t have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry here. You can find marriage visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website, if you hope to live in Australia after your marriage.
Important paperwork—Notice of Intended Marriage
A completed Notice of Intended Marriage form must be given to your celebrant at least one month before the wedding. You can give it to your celebrant up to eighteen months beforehand. However, don’t put off booking your Celebrant till the last minute, as you will have limited choice of Celebrants. The good ones do book out early!
As your celebrant we help you complete the NOIM. The notice may be completed and witnessed outside Australia if required. We can advise who in your country can witness the NOIM.
Talk to us if there is less than one month before your wedding. A prescribed authority may approve a shorter notice time in some limited circumstances. We can advise who a prescribed authority is if required. A Celebrant, cannot change the date on a NOIM to reflect you have given one month’s notice if you haven’t, to do so is illegal.
You will need to give your celebrant evidence of date and place of birth, identity and the end of any previous marriages for each party. Your celebrant may also ask you to complete a statutory declaration to support your evidence. This may be a passport or birth certificate and photo ID.
After you are married
On the day of your wedding, you will sign three marriage certificates. Each certificate should be signed by you, your celebrant and two witnesses (your witnesses can be anyone over the age of 18). As your celebrant we will give you one of the certificates as a record of your marriage.
As your celebrant we must register your marriage with the registry of births, deaths and marriages in the state or territory it took place within fourteen days.
The certificate issued by the registry of births, deaths and marriages is required for many official purposes. You should apply for a copy of this certificate from the registry after your wedding. We provide you with the link to the application form and encourage you to complete this and give it to us to include with the paperwork we send to BDM to register your marriage. This way you will receive your official marriage certificate as soon as your marriage is registered, this process normally takes between 2 to 4 weeks.
For further information please refer to http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/GettingmarriedinAustralia.aspx
As an authorised Celebrants I adhere to the Attorney Generals Code of Conduct for Marriage Celebrants.
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