The legal requirements include:
1. Complete a NOIM (Notice of Intent to Marry)
The Notice of Intent to Marry (NOIM) is a marriage form that can be downloaded by clicking here. You must ensure it is signed in the presence of one of the following:
an authorised celebrant (such as Sandra Rerrie Celebrant);
a Commissioner for Declarations under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959;
a Justice of the Peace;
a legally qualified medical practitioner;
a member of the Australian Federal Police or the police force of a State or Territory.
2. Sign the NOIM
The NOIM needs to be signed, witnessed and with your celebrant NO LATER than one month prior to your wedding date, and no earlier than 18 months.
3. Proof of your date of birth and your place of birth
Sandra will need to see proof of your date of birth and your place of birth, which may include:
an official Birth Certificate, or an official extract of an entry in an official register, showing the date and place of birth of both parties;
a passport showing the date and place of birth of both the parties;
As a last resort if neither of the above can be supplied then you can complete a statutory declaration stating that, for reasons specified in the declaration, it is impracticable to obtain such a certificate or extract.
This proof of date
and place of birth should be provided at the time the NOIM is completed, but it
is acceptable for the celebrant to receive this at any time up until the
marriage is solemnised. It is acceptable for the celebrant to sight faxed,
emailed or photocopied copies of the paperwork until such time that originals
can be sighted before the marriage is performed.
Australian citizens must provide a birth certificate or passport, if you don’t already have one, you can apply for one at your state’s Births, Deaths and Marriages office or the court house.
People not born in Australia, even if you are now a citizen, must provide their birth certificate, or their passport issued by an international government that shows date and place of birth, or a statutory declaration as stated earlier. The Marriage Act states that your marriage celebrant should not solemnise a marriage until he or she is satisfied that both parties are who they claim to be.
4. Married before?
If you have already been married before then the following needs to be shown to Sandra:
evidence of death; or
evidence of nullity or dissolution;
5. Form 14 completed (supplied by Sandra Rerrie Celebrant)
The Form 14 is to be signed in front of me at a meeting or rehearsal close to your wedding date. This form is like a statutory declaration that ensures me that:
you are not related to one another;
you are both over the legal age of 18. If you are not, then you have to have either a parent’s or a court’s consent.
During the ceremony
6. Legal proceeedings
Sandra will have to introduce herself and let all your guests know that she is an authorised Civil Celebrant;
"I have to use your full names at least once during the ceremony (that includes all middle names that are truly despised)";
Sandra must state the words from Section 46 of the Marriage Act 1961 referred to as The Monitum: "I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
In the presence of your witnesses, you must state the words from Section 45 of the Marriage Act 1961 as your marriage vows “I call upon the persons here present to witness that I (Partner 1) take you (Partner 2) to be my lawful wedded partner.”
7. (Nearly there!) Signing your documents
Signing your documents after you have been pronounced as married, and kissing has occurred as follows:
You must have two witnesses over the age of 18 to sign legal documents at your ceremony;
Form 15: ornamental Certificate of Marriage – signed by both parties and both witnesses and handed to you after the ceremony;
Form 16: formal Marriage Certificate – signed by both parties and both witnesses and sent to Births, Deaths & Marriages Registry;
My Record Book – retained by me as a record of this momentous occasion in your lives.
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