Australia is becoming a very popular destination for couples to get married. Many couples take advantage of the fantastic beaches and spectacular scenery of an outdoor location! Other countries may not have outdoor weddings or celebrants who are able to design a ceremony specifically for the individual couple. Overseas couples are welcome to inquire about their ceremony requirements. However there are certain regulations a couple should be aware of, before they can marry in Australia, and these are:
- A Notice of Intended Marriage must be completed and received by a registered celebrant no later than one full month (31 days) prior to the wedding date
- The NOIM is valid for up to eighteen months before the marriage
- The NOIM must be signed by at least one party to the marriage, and it must be witnessed by an appropriate person.
- The original must be kept by an authorised celebrant
- You must be over the age of 18 years, and not in a prohibited relationship, and not already legally married.
- Original birth certificates or certified copies of the original are acceptable, however they must be in English or suitably translated if necessary. Overseas passports are acceptable.
- Where birth certificates need translating, the celebrant must be given a translation into English.The translation must contain a declaration to the effect that the person doing the translation states that it is a translation of an official record.
- Divorce papers, if either party has been married before, must be in English, or translated, as explained above
- Death certificate, if either party has had a husband or wife who is deceased, and translated, as explained above
- Two witnesses to the marriage will be required, and they must over the age of 18 years.