The Legal Bits

If you were born in Australian you must show me your birth certificate. If you don't have a copy - this can be obtained from the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the State or Territory in which you were born. You will also need to provide photo identity. If you have a current passport that is in English, this will also satisfy proof of identity.

If you were born overseas, I will need to see your passport from your country of birth. If you have been married previously, you must provide evidence of how your marriage ended: I.e. Divorce Decree Absolute or a Death Certificate of your previous spouse.

Everyone marrying in Australia is required to complete an application form known as the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM). Your signatures on this document need to be witnessed, and the form lodged with your celebrant at least one calendar month before the ceremony. I can provide a copy of this form or it can be downloaded here:

* You must be at least 18 years of age to marry in Australia.
Exception to the rule: A couple can get married if one person is over the age of 18 and one person is 16 years or older. In this instance the couple must get written consent from the parents/guardians, and court approval. However if the parents do not approve, the court can override the parents decision and approve the marriage. This would only occur in extenuating circumstances.

You will need two witnesses at the ceremony, both must be over the age of 18. You are also required to sign a declaration saying you believe that there is no legal impediment to your marriage.

A rehearsal is not mandatory, but highly recommended. It really helps to ensure a smooth running ceremony. Ideally, everyone actively involved in the ceremony should attend the rehearsal. It can be a great chance to thank those involved and share a toast or a meal together afterwards.

Details about getting married in Australia can be found by following this link:

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