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7 Things to Know About Getting Married in Australia
By Jane Gillespie CMC, Sydney

Australia has very flexible laws regarding where and when people may marry. An Authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant can marry you anywhere, at any time of the day, on any day of the week. Apart from some legally essential wording that your Celebrant will provide, you can have anything you want in your ceremony.

Here are seven things you should know to get your started with a civil ceremony:

  1. You must lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage with your Celebrant at least a month and a day before the date of your wedding. This is valid for 18 months.
  2. If you were born in Australia your Celebrant must see your original birth certificates. If born overseas and you cannot obtain your birth certificate, a foreign passport is acceptable.
  3. If you have been married before you must provide original divorce or death certificates.
  4. About a week before your ceremony (usually at the rehearsal), you both sign declarations stating that there is no legal impediment to your marriage.
  5. The smallest number of people at a legal marriage ceremony is five - the bride, groom, celebrant and two witnesses over the age of 18.
  6. At the end of your ceremony there are three documents to be signed by you, your witnesses and the Celebrant:
    1. A certificate that will be sent to Birth Deaths and Marriages to register your marriage;
    2. A commemorative certificate that you will take with you that day; and
    3. The Celebrant's register
  7. A registered copy of your Marriage Certificate will be required if you are changing your name on passports, driving licenses and bank accounts.

Jane Gillespie- Civil Marriage Celebrant

Tel: (02) 9908 1702 & Mob: 0412 643 7514

2010 Jane Gillespie CMC Sydney