Marriage Process

WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO GET MARRIED?

There is a simple process involved in getting married.  As a Melbourne Celebrant, I look forward to explaining the process when we meet.  For a brief overview, please read on:

STEP 1: First of all, you must both be over the age of 18 years, unless you have parental permission and a court order from a magistrate.

STEP 2: Booking a celebrant is your next step. You can get in touch with me via email celebrant@acelebrationtoremember.com.au or phone 0402 479 923, I will check the date and time and make sure I am available. We can then meet to have a relaxed and “obligation-free” chat about your ceremony, so you can decide if I am the right celebrant for you.

STEP 3: Proceeding to the next step, we will complete a booking form and I will require a deposit to secure your booking. (The deposit is deducted from the total cost of my services.)  At this time we will also complete and sign the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form. The NOIM is an official Australian Government form that must be completed and signed by both parties intending to marry, in front of an authorised witness (see below). This form must be completed no less than 1 month and 1 day prior to your wedding and can be done up to 18 months in advance.

STEP 4: If you live locally we can complete the NOIM together and I will act as your authorised witness. If you live elsewhere in Australia, this form can be signed by each of the persons intending to marry, and witnessed by one of the following:

– An authorised marriage celebrant
– A Commissioner for Declaration
– 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
– If you live outside Australia, this form can be signed by each of the parties intending to marry, and witnessed by one of
the following: An Australian Diplomatic Officer, An Australian Consular Officer, Employee of the Commonwealth, authorised under Paragraph 3 (c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955, A Notary Public

Once the form is completed and signed, you can mail it to me, along with your deposit.

STEP 5: Before the wedding, I will need to see the following documentation:

– Original birth certificate for each of you if born in Australia, or a passport of your home country if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia. Australian passports are not acceptable if you were born in Australia; or
– A Statutory Declaration if you were born overseas and have no record of your birth (or have lost your documentation).
– If you have been previously married I will also need to see evidence of your divorce (a decree absolute) or the death certificate of your previous spouse if you are a widower.
– If you have officially changed your name I will need to see your legal proof of the name change.
– If your documents are in a language other than English you will need to have them translated and authorised by a person who is a legally recognised translator.

STEP 6: I supply you with a range of ideas for the wording and structure of your ceremony. You can do this close to the wedding, or as far in advance as you like prior to the wedding date – whatever suits you.  There are certain elements and words that must be included in your ceremony to make it legally binding and I will work with you to include these. I do need your completed ceremony at least one week prior to your wedding date to review it and make sure it complies with the requirements as set out by the Attorney-General’s office for the marriage to be legal.

STEP 7: You both must sign a Declaration of Marriage form, declaring that there is no legal reason why the marriage cannot take place. This is done as close to the wedding date as possible, often at the rehearsal, if you are having one.

STEP 8: Get married! On the day of the marriage ceremony, you must each have a witness over the age of 18 years attend the ceremony to witness and sign the legal documentation. You must all sign three pieces of documentation.  Remember, the most important thing that needs to happen on the day of your wedding is – relax, enjoy and live in the moment!  My aim is to be the warmest, relaxed and most lovely Wedding Celebrant in Melbourne.  I will ensure that your day is one of the most special in your lives.

I will guide you through the process step-by-step and lodge all paperwork on your behalf.  Contact me today, your very own Melbourne Celebrant, for a chat about your special wedding ideas and how we can bring them to life!