There are certain requirements as stated by Australian Law for couples wishing to marry. You must lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) with your Celebrant (who will provide the forms) at least one month and one day prior to your wedding day. This notice cannot be lodged earlier than eighteen months prior to the wedding day. The details listed above (where relevant to each individual) are necessary to fulfil the legal requirements.
For Australian Residents you must provide:
- Evidence that both parties are over the age of 18. Under no circumstances can you be married if you are under the age of 18 without necessary court approvals. If under 18 years of age, only a court empowered to give a 'Section 12' order can give authority for the marriage to be solemnised.
- An original birth certificate
- If born overseas, an original birth certificate and your passport.
- A divorce decree absolute (if previously married)
- A death certificate of spouse (if widowed)
- Two witnesses over the age of 18 to sign the relevant legal documents (i.e. marriage certificates) on the wedding day
- Deed poll document for name change