Frequently Asked Questions
You are bound to have lots of questions! Please feel free to phone me on (02) 9894 2592 or 0403 762 558. Alternatively you can complete this contact form and I will get back to you ASAP.
In the meantime you may find the answer to your questions here:
What is a marriage celebrant?
A Civil Marriage Celebrant is someone who has been appointed by the Australian Commonwealth Attorney General to solemnize marriages at any location in Australia pursuant to sub section 39 (2) of the Marriage Act 1961.
What are the legal requirements for marriages in Australia?
- Before a marriage can be performed, the law requires that you sign and lodge with me a Notice of Intended Marriage (NIM) form a minimum of one calendar month prior to the wedding. You can lodge your Notice in person, via fax, email or mail, but you must bring the original Notice with you when we meet. The NIM form will remain active for 18 calendar months from the date of lodgement.
- You must be at least 18 years of age to marry in Australia
- If you are Australian born you must show an original copy of your birth certificate. This can be obtained at the Registry Office of your state of birth. If born outside Australia, you are required to show your birth certificate or passport from your country of birth. If these documents are in a language other than English, you will need a certified translation of the documents.
- For persons who have previously been married - an original Divorce Document is necessary and if your previous partner is now deceased, an original Death Certificate is required.
- If you are widowed you will also need the death certificate which can be obtained from the State Registry in the state where the death was registered.
- On the day of your marriage you must have two witnesses over the age of 18.
- If you are bringing your partner into Australia on a prospective spouse visa I can provide you with the necessary letter for the Immigration Department.
I live overseas. Can I get married in Australia during my holiday?
Yes, you can, providing all the legal requirements are met. The details can be arranged via email, telephone, fax and your plans finalised when you arrive in the country.
Do you present certificates?
I present personalised certificates at all naming, commitment and re-affirmation of vows ceremonies. These can be signed by family and friends who are present at this special occasion. For marriages, apart from your official Marriage Certificate, I can apply for the registered version of your Marriage Certificate from the Births, Deaths & Marriages office.
Is it ok for me to use a certified copy of my Birth Certificate as Proof of Birth ID?
No, unfortunately, you must produce either your Original Birth Certificate or an Original extract of your Birth Certificate. A Passport is perfectly acceptable as well and carries your photo ID.
Does my second name have to be said? I hate it.
Yes, just once during the ceremony I must use your full name.
My Father and I haven’t seen or spoken to each other for years, do I have to have his name appear on my Marriage Certificate.
Yes, you must.
What is the current time frame for receiving our Standard Marriage Certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages if ordered by the Celebrant when she registers our Marriage?
Usually 2-4 days.
What is the usual duration of a Marriage Ceremony?
Ceremonies are usually half an hour. However, the choice of length is entirely up to the couple. Some cultures only require a very basic ceremony for the Registration, as they have their own cultural celebration, and this could be as short as 7 minutes.