Let me remove the stress of the legalities of marriage
I encourage my couples to relax and enjoy every moment leading up to their special day - and all of those moment after the ceremony too.
Yes, there is legal documentation which needs to be prepared, signed and, after your ceremony, sent for registration. But it is MY job to guide you through these steps.
You can then simply get on with being in love...
The legalities involved in getting married can sometimes be daunting and overwhelming.
It is my professional support - and custom service to you to ensure your marriage is accurately, correctly and legally solemnised in the eyes of the law.
So, here are the basics of how to get married...
The Notice of Intended Marriage
image by Georgie James Photography
The Notice of Intended Marriage is the prescribed form which is given to an authorised celebrant to enable that authorised celebrant to solemnise the marriage. The Notice must be completed, signed, witnessed and delivered to the authorised celebrant no later than one month before and no sooner than eighteen months before the marriage date.
Declaration of No Impediment to Marriage
The Declaration of No Impediment to Marriage is a Declaration that both the Bride and Groom state and declare that they believe there is no legal impediment to them marrying each other.
In other words, that neither are married to another person, that neither are in a prohibited relationship, that they are both of marriageable age and there are no other circumstances that would be a legal impediment to the marriage.
This Declaration is signed by both the Bride and Groom in the presence of the authorised celebrant close to the marriage date, say, at a rehearsal a week or so before ceremony.
Certificates of Marriage
On the day of your wedding ceremony, and when it comes time to sign the Register, the Bride and Groom will be given three Certificates in which to sign:
1. The Official Marriage Certificate
2. The Certificate of Marriage (which is presented to the Bride and Groom at the conclusion of the ceremony)
3. The Register held by the authorised celebrant.
All three Certificates will be signed by the Bride, Groom, the authorised celebrant as well as two individual witnesses over the age of eighteen years of age.
Something different or unique?
Different ceremonies can require additional documentation according to circumstance.
I am more than happy to discuss your unique requirements with you at any time.
And after your fabulous ceremony...
Following the ceremony, I forward all documentation to the relevant Births, Deaths and Marriages office to enable your marriage to be registered.
If you require a copy of your Official Marriage Certificate once registered so that you can change your licence, obtaining a passport you can apply to the office of Births, Deaths and Marriages in your state directly for an official copy.