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Legal stuff

All the things you need to know to live happily ever after.

Before

Getting married

To be married in Australia couples must:

 

  • understand what marriage means and freely consent to marrying

  • lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage form with me, an authorised marriage celebrant at least one month prior to the intended date of marriage

  • not be legally married in Australia or another country

  • not be married to someone else

  • provide your partner and your original birth certificate or passport

  • provide two witnesses over the age of 18 years to witness their marriage ceremony

  • not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild or sibling

  • be at least eighteen years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between sixteen and eighteen years old

Marriage ceremony

When your marriage ceremony is conducted;

  • couples must understand what marriage means and freely agree to marry

  • you be married by an authorised marriage celebrant (me)

  • use specific words during the ceremony

  • two witnesses over the age of 18 years must witness the marriage ceremony

After

Things to know;​

  • as your celebrant I will lodge your marriage documentation with Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in the state or territory where your marriage was conducted

  • if required, you will order a marriage certificate from BDM

  • you can apply to BDM to change your name

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