WHO CAN GET MARRIED?
Anyone may marry in Australia providing you are both over the age of 18 years and not legally married. Additional requirements must be met if either person is between 16 and 18 years of age.
WHAT DOCUMENTS TO ID NEED?
You need your Birth Certificate and an official English translation if it is in a foreign language: or an overseas passport, If you were not born in Australia, AND evidence that any previous marriage has ended e.g. Decree Absolute or Death Certificate, if applicable.
HOW LONG DOES THE CEREMONY TAKE?
Usually between 20-30 minutes.
HOW FAR AHEAD SHOULD I BOOK THE CELEBRANT?
It is better to secure your chosen Celebrant early, You can finalise a date for your wedding with me (up to 18 months in advance).
HOW MUCH NOTICE MUST BE GIVEN TO GET MARRIED?
You have to give 1 month and 1 day’s notice to the Celebrant. There are exceptions to this rule, as each individual case has be assessed by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
CAN I INCLUDE OTHER PEOPLE IN MY CEREMONY IN ADDITION TO THE CELEBRANT?
Yes, The majority of the ceremony must be legally performed by the Celebrant, but other people can perform a reading or musical piece.
DO I HAVE TO BE GIVEN AWAY BY MY FATHER?
No. The giving away is optional and can be performed by any person if you wish for it to be included.
CAN I CHANGE MY DRIVER’S LICENCE WITH THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE THE CELEBRANT GIVES ME ON MY WEDDING DAY?
No, You will need to obtain your full Marriage Certificate from the Registry Office.
CAN IF FILL MY NOTICE OF INTENTION TO MARRY BEFORE MY DIVORCE IS PROCESSED?
Yes you can, but you cannot be married until the Celebrant has your final divorce papers.
DO YOU NEED TO BE AN AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN TO MARRY IN AUSTRALIA?
No. Anyone may marry in Australia, providing you are both over the age of 18 years and not legally married. Additional requirements must be met if either person is between 16 and 18 years of age.
IF I DON’T RESIDE IN AUSTRALIA WILL THE MARRIAGE BE RECOGNISED IN MY OWN COUNTRY?
Yes. A Registered Civil Marriage Celebrant is permitted to perform a wedding ceremony anywhere in Australia.
CAN WE RE-MARRY IN AUSTRALIA AFTER BEING MARRIED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?
No. You could choose either a Renewal Ceremony or a Commitment Ceremony, but a second Marriage Ceremony is NOT possible.
CAN TWO PEOPLE OF THE SAME SEX MARRY?
No. Same sex marriages are not performed in Australia. However, I can perform a Commitment Ceremony for you to express your feelings for one another.