DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR MARRIAGE IN AUSTRALIA must be Original Certificates and sighted by your Celebrant prior to Marriage.  You must by law be over the age of 18 years.

NOTICE OF INTENDED MARIAGE FORM (NOIM)  Available from  any Court House in Australia, any Australian Embassy overseas, or from any Marriage Celebrant.  The NOIM may be downloaded from this site  here or www.ag.gov.au/celebrants.

The NOIM Form needs to be in my hands as your Celebrant, no later than one month before the date of your marriage and is only valid for 18 months. If time is of the essence, a scanned and emailed copy is acceptable.

Only one (1) signature is sufficient to be witnessed.  The other can sign in the Celebrant’s presence even if it is 1 hour before the Ceremony.

Requirements in Australia:

The NOIM has to be signed by both parties intending to marry, and be witnessed by either:   

  • An Authorised Marriage Celebrant
  • A Commissioner for Declarations
  • An Australian Justice of the Peace
  • An Australian Barrister or Solicitor
  • An Australian legally qualified Medical Practitioner
  • A Member of the Australian Federal Police
  • A Member of a Police Force of a State or Territory of Australia

Requirements if from Overseas:

The NOIM Form is a legal document, after completion have your signature witnessed in the presence of:

  • An Australian Embassy Official
  • An Australian Consular Officer
  • A Notary Public [Law Firm]

The Official must stamp the document and date it.  If inconvenient for both to travel to Notary Public or Embassy remember only one signature is sufficient.   [Notary Public - couple to ask a Law Firm for a list of Notary Publics in their area.]

THE BRIDE & GROOM MUST BRING WITH THEM ORIGINALS OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

  • BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR PASSPORT –   If born overseas, a resident of Australia and unable to produce a Birth Certificate, the Celebrant must sight a Passport, an out of date one is acceptable.
  • PASSPORT – If a visitor to Australia and not an Australian citizen, the Celebrant will need to view your current passport.
  • DIVORCE – If you have been married before, proof of divorce needs to be shown.  Again the original needs to be sighted by the Celebrant.
  • DEATH CERTIFICATE – If widowed, the original death certificate needs to sighted by the Celebrant.
  • CHANGE OF NAME CERTIFICATE – Legal proof of any name change to be obtained from Births, Deaths & Marriages.  Original must be produced.
  • OFFICIAL CONSENT IF UNDER AGE OF 18

ARE ALL THE DOCUMENTS IN ENGLISH?  If not, they will need to be officially translated and authorized by a person who is a legally recognized translator.  Celebrant needs to see both the Original Documents and the translated Documents.

Witnesses:

Two witnesses over the age of 18 are required on the day of the ceremony for witnessing and signing of the Marriage Register. They may be family or friends, however, they must be able to speak and understand English.

If you are travelling alone, your photographer and/or wedding planner can act as your witnesses otherwise I can arrange for two witnesses to be present.

My Fee:

My fee is dependent on the date, time, size and location and your ceremony. I also offer a weekday elopement package. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me, quotes are delivered within 24 hours. However, if you live locally, a preliminary meeting, free of charge, is a great idea to discuss your wishes.

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