A Marriage in Australia can take place at any venue, and at any time and date of the couple’s choosing. The Marriage must be performed by a legally appointed Civil Marriage Celebrant, Religious Marriage Celebrant or appropriate Religious Minister according to the Marriage Act 1961. Celebrants are appointed by the Attorney General’s Office in Canberra.
General Legal Requirements
- The Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) must be completed, signed, witnessed and lodged with the Celebrant not less than one month, and not more than 18 months prior to the wedding date.
- At least one party must be over 18 years of age. If one is under 18, the other person must obtain parents’ authorisation and a court order giving permission to be married
- Australian Citizens – Official Birth Certificate obtained from the State Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- Non Australian Citizens – Official Birth Certificate from country of birth or a current Passport from country of birth.
- In the event that either party has been married previously, a decree absolute, or certificate of divorce must be provided. In the event of the death of a partner, a death certificate must be provided.
- If either party has changed their name, documents certifying this must be produced.
- The bride and groom must state the Minimum Legal Vows which must be audible to the witnesses and any others present.
- There must be two witnesses over the age of 18.
- The appointed Celebrant must state the Monitum.