Below is a list of legalities relating to your ceremony.

Notice of Intended Marriage
This form is available from your celebrant or the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. It can also be downloaded from their website. It must be lodged with your celebrant within 18 months of the wedding, and no later than a month before.

Birth Certificates
Proof of birth must be shown, this can either be a Birth Certificate or Extract of Birth Entry, or an Australian or Overseas passport. The passport must not have been cancelled. When a person is unable to provide a birth certificate or passport then a Statutory Declaration must be completed explaining why a birth certificate cannot be provided, also stating where and when the party was born, and providing details of any other alternative identification.

A Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce
This is required if you are divorced. You can complete the Notice of Intended Marriage prior to the divorce but the marriage cannot take place until after the divorce. The Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be produced prior to the marriage.  This can be obtained from the Family Law Court.


Death Certificate
Death Certificate or extract is necessary if you are widowed. 


Fees
Fees vary from celebrant to celebrant. A deposit is required when you lodge the Notice of Intention to Marry. The payment of a deposit confirms your booking. The balance of the fee is usually required two weeks prior to the wedding day. 


Changing your name on legal documents
Your celebrant will issue you with your Certificate of Marriage. However, to change your details at Vic Roads or the Passport Office or similar, you will require a “certified copy of your marriage certificate”. This copy is only available from Births, Deaths and Marriages. Your celebrant will advise you of this. The form is usually available from 2 to 6 weeks after the wedding. A small fee is payable.

Just a few things to remember if you are changing your name, you must change legal documents.

Below is a checklist.


• Wills
• Drivers licence
• Passport
• Car registration/ insurance
• Electoral Office
• Australian Tax Office
• Credit cards Bank, Building Society, Credit Union,
• Investment accounts
• Insurance policies/Superannuation
(change your beneficiary to your spouse)
• Mortgages, rental agreements
• Council Rates
• Utility bills
• Library card
• Government agencies
• Memberships: health clubs, local clubs, frequent flyer, etc.
• Doctor, dentists, health care professionals
• Blood donor card
• Accountant, solicitor, etc
• Work - personnel office for pay slips, taxes, super.


Frequently asked questions:
How much notice do you need? 
The Marriage Act requires at least one month's notice.
However, you should book the Celebrant immediately
as there are limits to the number of weddings that
can be accommodated. 


How do I lodge a Notice of Intention to Marry? 
Fill out the form - obtained from your Celebrant – and bring your birth certificate or passport, and death or divorce certificates if previously married. and bring your birth certificates - and death or divorce certificates if previously married.


What do I need to do first?
Book the Celebrant as soon as you know the date, time and location

How much notice do you need?
The Marriage Act requires at least one calendar month's notice. However, you should book the Celebrant immediately as there are limits to the number of weddings that can be accommodated.

How do I lodge a Notice of Intention to Marry?
Fill out the form - obtained from your Celebrant - and bring your birth certificates - and death or divorce certificates if previously married. If you were born in Australia you must provide a birth certificate.  Australian passports are not acceptable.  If a person was born overseas and is unable to obtain their birth certificate then their overseas passport is acceptable or a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration can be prepared for them if they have neither passport nor evidence of birth.

Should we have music?
Personal preference, but it does add to the occasion. Usually on arrival, during the signing and after the presentation of the married couple. The couple organises their own  music and player. Check with the celebrant and/or the venue.

How do I sign the register?
Your normal - maiden name or if divorced or widowed, previous married name signature is required for the bride. Signatures on all documents must match. 

How long does the ceremony take?
Depending on the content,  a short ceremony would be 10 - 15 minutes and a longer ceremony anywhere from 20 -45 mins.

Can I have my children give me away?
Anyone can 'give the bride away', including children. 

How much does a celebrant charge for a wedding ceremony?
Fees vary from celebrant to celebrant but be aware that professional celebrants will put quite an amount of work into your ceremony and will require you to pay them accordingly.

Where do celebrants perform ceremonies? 
In all locations throughout the state and the country but of course the more travel and the greater amount of time involved, the costs will increase accordingly.

As I come from overseas, can I have cultural aspects built into my ceremony? 
You most certainly can. The Marriage Act is specific about the necessary content that is required to be included in your ceremony and provided that they are in your ceremony all other content is open to your specific requirements.   

What documents do I need to be able to marry?
There are several documents that may be required depending on your particular situation. You are required to present for sighting your birth certificate or an authorized translation of the document prior to your marriage taking place. You might also required to present photo ID as requested by the celebrant. If you are unable to access your birth certificate and you were born in an overseas country, your overseas passport is sufficient proof of identity, provided that it has not been cancelled.