As your celebrant I will work with you to create an elegant, stylish and memorable ceremony that truly captures you as a couple. I have several packages available to suit all settings and budgets whether it is something elaborate or something low key and relaxed.
Legal Marriage Requirements
Under the Marriage Act 1961 there are certain legalities you need to provide before you tie the knot.
To be married in Australia:
- You are required by law to be 18 unless special permission is obtained
- You must lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage with your celebrant at least one month prior to your wedding and no more that eighteen months in advance.
- If you were born overseas and would like to be married in Australia, you will need to show original birth certificates and /or passports.
- If either of you have been married previously, you will be required to show your Divorce Decree Absolute or a death certificate of the previous spouse.
- You also require a minimum of two witnesses, who are at least 18 years of age and prepared to sign the documents.
You will need to send a copy of the Notice of Intended Marriage to your celebrant, including copies of certificates via email or fax. You need to bring the originals with you to give to the celebrant prior to your wedding. The celebrant will need to see all the items listed under the legal requirement- original birth certificates, passports (if born overseas), divorce papers or death certificates (if previously married).
Legal requirements of the Ceremony
- The celebrant should state his/her name and declare themselves to be a Civil Celebrant
- Full names of both the bride and groom must be included in the ceremony at least once.
- The legal vows – said by both the bride and groom must be included:-
“I call upon the persons here present, to witness that 1, *****, take you, ****, to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse "
- MONITUM– The celebrant must read the exact wording required from the Marriage Act, Section 46 (1). This explains the nature of marriage according to Australian law.
“I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to the law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of everybody here, I am to remind you of the serious and permanent nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”