Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Civil Marriage Celebrant?
A Civil Marriage Celebrant is someone who has been appointed by the Australian Commonwealth Attorney General to solemnize marriages at any location in Australia pursuant to sub section 39 (2) of the Marriage Act 1961.
How soon can I get married?
One calendar month and one day after the Celebrant receives the Notice of Intended Marriage (which is valid for 18 months.)
What other legal requirements are there?
You must be at least 18 years of age to marry in Australia. You must complete the Notice of Intended Marriage form (which I will provide). I must sight your birth certificate (if you were born in Australia) or your current passport (if you were born outside Australia). If either of you have been married before, I must see either your divorce paper (Decree Absolute) or the Death Certificate of your former spouse, whichever applies. You must have two witnesses to the ceremony who are over the age of 18 years.
Where can the ceremony be held?
Your wedding can be held just about wherever you wish: beaches, parks, lookouts, gardens, private homes, chapels, reception centres, restaurants – I’ve even conducted ceremonies on boats. There are many beautiful locations and I am happy to make some suggestions if you are unsure.
I live overseas. Can I get married in Australia during my holiday?
Yes, you can, providing all the legal requirements are met. The details can be arranged via email, telephone, fax and your plans finalised when you arrive in the country.