What are the legal requirements to be married in Australia?
The following legal requirements must be met for a marriage conducted by a registered marriage celebrant to be considered legal in Australia:
- with the exception of Section 12 from The Marriage Act 1961, both parties must be at least 18 years of age
- you are required to have two witnesses to the ceremony who are at least 18 years of age to sign the certificates and register
- you must sign a declaration to state that there are no legal impediments to the marriage e.g. being married to someone else, the bride and groom being too closely related etc.
- a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) must be lodged with your celebrant no less than one month and no earlier than 18 months before your ceremony
- you must show your original (photocopies are not accepted) birth certificate, extract of birth or passport from your country of birth
- if you have been married previously, you must show your Divorce Decree Absolute or Death Certificate of your previous spouse. The Attorney General's Department website has more information for couples who are about to get married.
What about a ceremony rehearsal?
Rehearsals help to fine tune the script and clarify the ‘when, where and why’. It is preferable that all people participating in the wedding ceremony attend the rehearsal if they are in town at the time – this includes the bridal party, readers, those involved in the giving away and the person you have chosen to operate your recorded music (if applicable). The rehearsal ideally takes place 1-2 weeks before the wedding, and preferably not immediately after the buck’s or hen’s night.
What's your fee?
My service fees are dependant on: the type of ceremony (for example, a commitment ceremony costs less than a marriage ceremony because there are no legal requirements), time of year (peak vs off-peak), location of the wedding (within or outside of the Adelaide metropolitan area) and the complexity of the ceremony (registry style vs full wedding with bridal party, personalised vows, readings, rehearsal etc.). Please email me at email@example.com with your ceremony date, time, venue and any other particulars and I can give you an appropriate indication of cost.
How long will our wedding ceremony go for?
Most civil marriage ceremonies last between 10-15 minutes with an extra 5-7 minutes for the signing of the register and certificates. Your ceremony may be shorter or longer depending on the content you would like to include but generally, allowing 30 minutes from start to finish is a good guide.
Can we personalise our ceremony content?
Creating wedding, renewal of vows and commitment ceremonies that are unique and relevant is my speciality. If you have set plans about what you would like to include and/or say, I am happy to accommodate your wishes but alternatively, if you don't have any idea, I have the resources and experience guide you along the way. We'll work it out together.