are Legal Requirements for a Wedding Ceremony****
of Intended Marriage
A notice of intended marriage must be filled out
and lodged with an authorised marriage celebrant at least one month and one day
before your wedding date. You can complete it up
to 18 months earlier if you like planning ahead!
If you plan to marry to marry in Australia but live overseas, you still need to
lodge the Notice of Intention to Marry with an authorised marriage celebrant.
Documents you need to bring with you when lodging or filling out the form with
the celebrant include original certificates of birth, your passport (if an
overseas citizen), visa, any Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce or
Nullity, or Death (of previous spouse) if you have been previously married.
You may need other documents and should discuss this with your celebrant before
the meeting to lodge the form. Other documents you may need include a Statutory
Declaration, official translations of overseas documents not written in English,
Change of Name Certificate, Citizenship papers and Court Orders for marriage of
minors. All documents should be in English.
There is a lodgement fee payable at the time of
notification to marry. This deposit is non-refundable.
need 2 witnesses to make your marriage legal. Your witnesses must be:
If you are getting married, your celebrant
will provide you with a brochure called "Happily
Ever...before and after - important information for people planning to
marry". This brochure includes information on marriage education,
counselling, changing your name, taxation, wills, joint ownership and legal
would expect at least two meetings prior to the ceremony and rehearsal. There
are legal obligations to
complete prior to the wedding.
you want to be married with just a few friends or family?
couples today opt not to have a lavish wedding with all the trimmings. They
would rather just make it legal at the registery office and then go out and
celebrate with a few friends. I don’t want you to get married in an office I
can marry you on the beach or in the backyard in a garden, or somewhere that is
meaningful to you.
are some legal requirements however.
any wedding you must come and see me and Complete/sign an “Intention to Marry
Form” which is a legal document 31 days before the wedding date. On the day
you wish to marry we can legalise the marriage. There must be at least two
witnesses over the age of 18 present.
one can legally be married under a calendar month without special permission.
following words must be said at the wedding ceremony. These are compulsory.
full name call upon the persons here
present, to witness that I take you, full
name to be my lawful wedded Wife/Husband"
“I call upon the persons here present to
witness that I,______, take thee, ______, to be my lawful/wedded
Promises are added after this. They can be anything that you
want to say to each other in public. These promises are technically the
promise to each other and a wonderful way to express your own thoughts and
feelings in your own words. I have examples for you to choose from if you want
or you may like to write your own. I encourage my clients to do this but I
am also aware many people can not so I am available to assist them whenever they
The legal words I am required to say are;
That I say, to you, the words:
“My name is Christine Worden , I am a
Registered Marriage Celebrant, and I am authorized to solemnize this marriage,
according to law.”
“Before you (Full Legal Name), and you (Full
Legal Name), are joined in marriage, in my presence and in the presence of
these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn, serious and binding nature
of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.
Marriage is, according to law in Australia is the union of two people, to
the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life"