Marriage Celebrants association
How much notice do we have to give?
It is a legal requirement in Australia to give a minimum of One Month notice
of your intention to marry.
How do we do this?
You simply complete the form called ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’
(often referred to as the NOIM)
and lodge it with me, your Marriage Celebrant.
Where do we the 'NOIM' form?
From me, or you can simply download it by clicking on this link
Is it hard to fill in?
No, actually it's very simple. Of course as your Marriage Celebrant I will help guide you
through the questions and witness your signatures to validate it.
Does thE 'NOIM' expire?
Yes it does, but it is valid for a full 18 months from the date it is validated,
so there is a lot of flexibility if your plans change.
What's the difference between a 'Certificate of Marriage'
and a 'Marriage Certificate'?
The 'Certificate of Marriage' is an official numbered certificate recording the date and place your marriage took place which is presented to you by your celebrant on the day of your wedding.
A 'Marriage Certificate' is issued by the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages and is the
only document accepted as legal proof of your marriage.
Do we need to supply ID?
Yes, I will need to confirm your identity, but that's simple, you can show me any of the
following; a driver's license, proof of age/photo card, an Australian Passport or a
Certificate of Australian Citizenship along with another form of photographic evidence.
What about Evidence of our Date and Place of Birth?
Yes, I must sight an official copy of your birth certificate if you were born in Australia.
If you were born in another country, then your official passport may suffice.
But generally speaking, your official birth certificate is best.
What if either of us is Divorced ?
I will need to sight and record any divorce order.
How about if we're Widowed?
Again, I need to sight an official document, in this instance it must be the Death Notice.
One of us isn't 18 yet, can we still get married?
Yes you can, provided that person is at least 16 and has their parent's signed consent
on the required form plus a court order under Section 12 of the Marriage Act.
We can't wait a month, what then?
If you have legitimate, recognised, exceptional circumstances then you
can apply for what is know as 'Shortening of Time'.
I've forgotten my next question.
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How much notice do we have to give?
It is a legal requirement in Australia to give a minimum of One Month notice of your intention to marry.
How do we do this?
Where do we get this form?
Is it hard to fill in?
Does this 'NOIM' expire?
We can't wait a month, what then?
Do we need to supply ID?
What about Evidence of our Date and Place of Birth?
What if either of us is Divorced ?
How about if we're Widowed?
One of us isn't 18 yet, can we still get married?
How much do you charge?
What's the difference between a 'Certificate of Marriage' and a 'Marriage Certificate'?
I've forgotten my next question.
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