WEDDING LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
 for Marriage in Australia

Couples must submit to the Celebrant a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at least
1 month before the date of the proposed wedding date.
This NOIM can be downloaded from:
http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/Notice-of-intended-marriage.pdf

AFTER YOUR WEDDING HAS BEEN CONFIRMED WITH ME, THIS WOULD BE THE LEGALITIES PROCEDURE……

  • Couples need to DOWNLOAD from the weblink above, the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM),  have it  SIGNED by
    at least one of you, (one signature is sufficient for the NOIM to be officially lodged) in the presence of any of those authorized WITNESSES mentioned at (a) on Page 4 of the NOIM. (Can only be these designated witnesses).
  • I would then need the  SCANNED NOIM emailed to me at kayearl@cairnsweddings.com.au 
  • You also need to SCAN to me COPIES of relevant supporting ID documents listed below - if possible, along with the NOIM.

BEFORE A WEDDING CAN TAKE PLACE, Celebrant needs to sight the originals of all Documents that have been previously scanned, and take possession of the original NOIM (Notice of Intended marriage)

You must be over the age of 18.

If you are a resident of Australia,

you will need Originals of ALL DOCUMENTS :

  • Birth Certificates (See **)
  • Official Court Divorce Papers,
  • Death Certificate if widowed
  • Certificate of Name Change, if name has been changed other than by previous marriage.
  • Photo ID (Passport or Driver’s Licence)

(**If you are absolutely unable to produce a Birth Certificate, but have an Australian Passport, this alone will do, BUT not having the Birth Certificate, can mean that the information on the Official Marriage Certificate may be in error. To correct it later will require a Birth Certificate!)

NB: Your signatures on Notice of Intended Marriage can ONLY be witnessed by those mentioned on the back of the Form:
(a) for couples living in Australia or
(b) for couples living overseas.
 

If you are coming from Overseas for your marriage,
you will need:
  • a current Overseas Passport
  • Official Court Divorce Papers
  • Death Certificate if widowed
  • Certificate of Name Change, if name has been changed other than by previous marriage

You MUST have your Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) Form witnessed by ONLY:

  • An Australian Embassy/Consular Authorized Staff member
  • or a Notary Public of your country. (See a Law Firm in your home town for lists of these.)

Any documents NOT in English need to be translated and originals of both to be brought with you for Celebrant to SIGHT before a Ceremony can be officiated.

NB: Your signatures on Notice of Intended Marriage can ONLY be witnessed by those mentioned on the back of the Form:
(a) for couples living in Australia or
(b) for couples living overseas.

OBTAINING YOUR OFFICIAL REGISTERED CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE AFTER THE WEDDING:

On the day, I will give you a PRESENTATION CERTIFICATE, but these days all couples who have married in Queensland, MUST apply, AFTER the wedding, for their official Registered Certificate of Marriage from the Births, Deaths and Marriages Dept., (BDM) in Brisbane, Queensland.

This is the responsibility of the couple, but I will assist by giving you information on how to apply. The Fee for this, which is a Government Fee is not associated with the Celebrant’s Fee. (See Fee link below). This can take the BDM 3-5 weeks to process from the time they receive the documents from the Celebrant.

TO DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THE BDM APPLICATION ONLINE - AFTER the wedding.
https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/birth-death-and-marriage-certificates/marriage-certificates/fill-in-a-marriage-certificate-application-form/

To PRINT OUT THE BLANK BDM APPLICATION
https://publications.qld.gov.au/storage/f/2014-04-17T00%3A31%3A54.554Z/bdm-form-marriage-cert-extract.pdf

FEES (Current) for BDM certificates.
https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/875b8565-73c7-45b0-98b9-04add67b6edb/resource/06815dad-9670-40ef-885d-7a79d20763cc/download/bdmscheduledfees.pdf


REMEMBER TO BRING the Originals of all documents with you to be sighted by me, BEFORE a marriage can take place

Saralyn Kay EARL – CAIRNS WEDDINGS – Celebrant apt. 1995 : Justice of the Peace (Qual)


PRESENTATION CERTIFICATE

 


OFFICIAL REGISTERED CERTIFICATE from BDM


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