Legislation

Life celebration Ceremonies

There is no legal obligation for Naming Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows Ceremonies and Commitment Ceremonies.
You have a complete freedom of choice for the entire ceremony content.

Legal Obligations for your Marriage

You must be over the age of 18 years and not be currently married to any other person.

Before your wedding I will need to see your original birth certificates. If you were born overseas, a current overseas passport is acceptable. If you have been married before, I will need to see evidence as to how your last marriage ended, either Decree Absolute, Certificate of Divorce or Death Certificate.

A Notice of Intention to Marry form (NOIM) is a legal requirement to be filled out and lodged with your celebrant one month and one day before the date of your wedding. There are a few exceptional and acceptable circumstances that will allow an application to the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages to grant a shortening of the time.

You are required to have 2 witnesses over the age of 18 at your marriage ceremony. They must be present to witness your vows to authorise the solemnisation of the marriage and to sign the marriage certificates as a witness to the legal obligations to solemnise the marriage.

I will lodge the relevant forms with the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages within 14 days of your ceremony.