Legal Requirements

There are a number of different items of paperwork that need to be lodged with the Celebrant in order for your marriage to be legally recognised.

Notice of Intended Marriage: Form 13

In accordance with the Rules and Regulations of, ‘The Marriage Act – 1961’, for anyone wishing to marry in Australia, I would also require their completed ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ (NOIM), signed and witnessed, no earlier than 18 months prior to the wedding, and no later than one (1) month and one (1) day prior to the wedding.

Proof of Birth, and evidence of being ‘legally able to marry’

If you were both born in Australia, I would require a certified copy of your original birth certificates, as well as any Divorce certificates, if applicable. Please note: birth certificate extracts\ are not acceptable, according to the Department of Births, Deaths & Marriages.

If either of you, or both, were born overseas, I would require a certified copy of your original birth certificates, as well as any divorce certificates, if applicable. If original birth certificates are unable to be provided, then I require a copy of your passport information page, along with a Statutory Declaration regarding your birth details.

If either, or both, is / are widowed, the Death Notice of the deceased is required.

If one person is under the age of 18, written parental consent, along with a court order, pursuant to Section 12 of The Marriage Act, 1961, on the required form, must be produced.

Original Certificate of Marriage

If you wish to obtain a copy of your original Certificate of Marriage, or if the bride is going to change her name, you will need to contact:-