Your Marriage Ceremony
Bride and Groom

Civil marriages in Australia (those performed by registered marriage celebrants) fall under The Marriage Act 1961 and therefore couples must provide me with:

·        Original birth certificates (preferable in all cases, but compulsory for Australian citizens) - a current valid overseas passport is satisfactory in the case of someone who is not an Australian citizen

·        Proof of the termination of any previous marriage (this is either an original death certificate or certificate of divorce)

·        Photo ID (such as your driver's licence) or a passport

·        Where the bride has been married before and has retained her former husband's name I need to sight the previous marriage certificate (this is to complete the 'paper trail' showing birth name then current name)

·        If your documents are not in the English language, they must be translated by an NAATI accredited translator (I can provide contact details)

·        If you do not have the abovementioned documents at the time of signing the Notice of Intended Marriage you can still sign and provide me with the documents at a later time, prior to your wedding.

·        A person under the age of 18 years must obtain appropriate consents from their parents or guardians as required under the Marriage Act 1961, or an order of a judge or magistrate - under no circumstances can two people under the age of 18 years be married

Witnesses

You will require two witnesses to sign your documents on the day of your marriage ceremony - these witnesses are often part of the bridal party, but they can be anyone you choose provided they are 18 years of age, are present at your ceremony and have a clear understanding of what they are bearing witness to.

Where can you be married?

As an Authorised Marriage Celebrant, registered in Australia I can perform a marriage anywhere in Australia or within Australian territorial waters.

Surprise Weddings

You may plan a surprise wedding for your family and friends but both parties to the wedding must be fully aware of the planned ceremony - in the case of one party being overseas I can accept the notice signed by one party provided the other party signs the document as soon as practicable upon their arrival in Australia.
 
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