To Marry in Australia you must satisfy certain Legal Requirements
♥ You must both be 18 years or over.
♥ At the wedding itself, you must have two witnesses minimum 18 years of age.
♥ Lodge the Notice of Intention to Marry Form. You must give the Celebrant at least one month notice.
♥ If you were born in Australia - You must provide the Celebrant with an Original Birth Certificate or current Australian passport
as proof of identification and age. If you don't have a copy of your Original Birth Certificate, this can be obtained from the
Births Deaths and Marriage Registry office in your State of birth.
♥ If you were born overseas you will need to provide your current Passport and/or Original Birth Certificate.
♥ If the any documentation provided is not in English, you must provide a translated Certified Copy.
♥ Your marriage will be registered with the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 14 days of your marriage, and
will be recognised both by Australian Government and overseas.
For State Registry Offices, Family Court, Supreme Court and UK Birth Certificate contact details see my Resources & Links Page.
The Wedding Ceremony Legal Requirements
For a Marriage ceremony to be legal, there are few simple words that must be said. This includes 'The Monitum' that the Marriage Celebrant must say and the 'Legal Vows' which the Bride and Groom must say to each other in front of two witnesses 18 years of age or over. The Bride and Groom's Full Legal Names (including middle names) must be used at least once in the ceremony.
My name is Danielle Ledgerwood and I am a Marriage Celebrant legally registered to
solemnise marriages according to the law. (Bride and Groom), before you are
joined in marriage, in my presence and in the presence of witnesses, I am to remind
you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship in which you are about to
enter. Marriage, according to the law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman,
to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, (Groom Full Name / Bride Full Name)
take you, (Groom Full Name / Bride Full Name), to be my lawful wedded Husband / Wife.
Relationship Education Services
All Celebrants are legally required to provide you with the pamphlet issued by the
Australian Government 'Happily Ever... Before and After' - to encourage relationships skills
for love, family and life. I will also provide you with an additional document providing
national and local services available to you, should you wish to explore this further. I also
have a library of DVD's covering various topics that may be relevant to you... I am happy to
loan one or a few of these so you can view them in your own time.
Many couples dismiss Relationship Education and Counselling as unnecessary or only for people with problems. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The paradigm of marriage has changed significantly over the past generation. Increasing numbers of couples are living in de-facto relationships, getting married later, having children later and once mothers, more women are working full time. There have been increases in divorce rates and blended families. Expectations about what makes a successful marriage have also shifted.
Some couples may not have considered how their relationship may change once they are married. When there are differences in expectations, relationship conflicts or negative reactions to life transitions, professional educators and counsellors can provide assistance. Subjects covered range from how to resolve conflict without blaming each other through to dealing with issues relating to your different backgrounds and upbringing that can impact on how you want to bring up your own children.
Many programs cover topics like Personality Differences, Lifestyle Expectations, Communication and Listening Skills, Conflict Management, Friends and Interests, Sexuality and Financial Issues Management.
Although not mandatory, you should consider it. Relationship Education and Counselling comes in all shapes and sizes and can be tailor-made to meet your needs.