Frequently Asked Questions

When should we talk to a celebrant?

As soon as you have decided on an approximate date, time and place. This is to ensure the celebrant is available or perhaps a date near to it.

Do we need a marriage licence?

There is no pre-licence in Australia and you do not need health or blood tests.

What is the legal process and what lodgements are required?

A formal ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ must be received no sooner then one calendar month and no more than 18 months before the ceremony date. A signed ‘Declaration’ is also required. I can arrange these for you.

Is there a minimum age?

Yes, at least 18 years of age or it requires an approval from a Judge or Magistrate if one of you is more then 16 but less then 18 years of age.

What do we bring to the meeting with the celebrant?

You will need proof of age (Australian or overseas birth certificate - original, extract or certified copy), a passport and any other documents that certify you are both currently single.

Can we include reference to religion in the wedding ceremony?

Yes. It’s your wedding and you choose. You might want to incorporate a Bible reading or a blessing or the lighting of a unity candle, etc.

How long is the ceremony?

It’s up to you – a brief one can be about 10 minutes to a longer one incorporating a number of readings by family and friends could last about 30 minutes.

What if we were married before?

Not a problem, as long as you have documents to show you are now single.

Who arranges the music?

You can provide tapes/CDs for playing on the day.

Who arranges the readings?

You can write your own, otherwise I have an extensive library for you to select from.

How do I sign the register (bride)?

Sign with your usual (maiden) signature you currently use.

Does the bride register her new name?

If the bride adopts the groom’s surname, there is no legal requirement to register the name with Births, Deaths and Marriages. You may need to obtain an official certificate to apply for a passport in your married name.