You have made your commitment to each other…

and what better way to show your love then by taking the next step – getting Married. I am going to step you through this process – so pull up a chair and sit down.

Firstly, before you get married you need to organize a Marriage Celebrant to conduct your ceremony.

Secondly, You need to give notice of your intent to marry.

You must complete a Notice of Intended Marriage Form (NIM) and both sign in the presence of a qualified witness (as noted on the NIM form).

You must lodge this Form with your intended Marriage Celebrant a minimum of one month and one day prior to the day you wish to marry i.e. if you lodged on the 25th June, the earliest you could get married would be 25th July.

This notice is valid for 18 months; In some circumstances the NIM can be lodged less than one month and one day-

Thirdly you will also need to produce evidence of your identity to the Marriage Celebrant.

To comply with all the legal requirements of the NIM your chosen Marriage Celebrant must site the following original paperwork.

Produce your Original Birth Certificate of authorized extract of birth certificate. You may also produce either a Australian or Overseas Passport as evidence. Passport can be expired but NOT cancelled.

If you wish to apply for your Birth Certificate click on the following links:

NSW Births Deaths & Marriages

QLD Births Deaths & Marriages

Or just google Births, Deaths & Marriages in the State you were born in.

Evidence of any previous divorce or death of any previous spouse, if applicable (eg divorce papers (decree absolute) or death certificate).

If any documents are not in English, an official translation, in addition to the original, is required. For translating services contact the Australian Government Department of Immigration Translating and Interpreting Services.

Last but Not Least – Produce evidence of your eligibility to marry.
– Be of marriageable age.
– You can get married if you are 18 years or older.
– If you are under 18 years of age please contact me for more information.

You will also need present at your Ceremony two witnesses over the age of 18. If either cannot speak English, you will need to have an interpreter present at the ceremony. The interpreter must sign a Statutory Declaration to certify their faithful performance of the role.

Are you feeling daunted yet? – if not read on.

You are happy with all of the above – now you ask “What Do I do Next?” – hopefully you have already decided that I’m the Celebrant for you and don’t need to go any further.

There are some great Celebrants around, both male and female so ring around before you make your final choice and be happy with that choice as you cannot wind back the hands of time after the wedding has already taken place.

Therefore please contact me if you would like to get better acquainted.