Weddings – Legal requirements


In Australia there are processes to follow in order to be married legally.  You must be over 18 years of age .The law requires that you sign and lodge with your celebrant a Notice of Intended Marriage form a minimum of one calendar month before your wedding. At our first meeting we will complete this document.

You will need-

‣ An original copy of your Birth Certificate or passport.

‣ Photo ID-usually a driver’s licence.

‣ Documentation re divorce of your last previous marriage or the death certificate of your last spouse, if applicable.

‣ If you cannot find your divorce paperwork, you can obtain a copy by following the instructions on the Family Law Court website.

‣ If you are widowed and need a Death Certificate you can get this from the Registry of the state where the death was registered.

You can download the Notice of Intended Marriage here:

Notice of Intended Marriage-click to download PDF Form 

I will also provide a brochure called “ Happily Ever –Before and After-important Information for People Planning to Marry.”  This brochure includes information on marriage education, counselling, changing your name, taxation, wills and joint ownership.

You can download the brochure here. 

On your wedding day you will require two witnesses over 18. They can be from your wedding party or family or guests. If you are eloping, I may be able to assist by providing 2 witnesses for your ceremony.