To legally commence the marriage process, it’s important to sign the Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before your wedding date.
Most people have a good idea as to what they’ll need to organise for their wedding; venue, reception, flowers, hair, suits, cars, rings, caterers, cake, DJ. But what do you need to make it legal?
Enter your celebrant. As well as helping create and conduct your wedding ceremony, it’s our job to deal with the paperwork necessary to officially register the marriage. Apart from all the other preparation and organisation for your wedding, to legally commence the marriage process, it’s important to sign the Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before your wedding date.
To do this, your celebrant will need to confirm your identity and your place of birth. So, you’ll need to provide a legal document (usually a driver’s license, a passport or birth certificate).
If you’ve been married before, we’ll need proof you are no longer married, either by way of a divorce order or death certificate. If any of these items are problematic, please contact me and we can discuss what options you have and possible solutions.
Signing the Notice of Intended Marriage officially green lights the wedding process. This form, along with the Declaration of No Legal Impediment and Marriage Certificate all form the paperwork that needs to be submitted to register your wedding.
As your celebrant, it’s my responsibility to help you with the submission of these documents to make your marriage legal in Australia.
During the ceremony we will need two witnesses to the marriage: they must over 18, and they must be able to hear what is being said, and understand English (or have an interpreter present).
We can create a unique event, or follow traditions for your ceremony, but it must meet legal requirements. I’m more than happy go through all of these with you.