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Frequently ASKED QUESTIONS
What forms do we need to sign and when?
Your Marriage Celebrant must receive a completed Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form at least one month before the wedding. You can give it to your celebrant up to eighteen months beforehand and it still remains valid during that period.
What if we want to get married in less than a month?
It may be possible to shorten the minimum notice time for a marriage to less than a month if certain special circumstances are met. You will need to approach a Prescribed Authority for approval.
The circumstances set out in the Regulations are:
- Employment–related, or other travel commitments
- Wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations
- Medical reasons
- Legal proceedings, and
- Error in giving notice.
Your reasons must fall into one of these five categories. There is no capacity to grant a shortening of time outside these circumstances.
What documents will I need for the NOIM?
To accept your Notice of Intended Marriage form, I will also need:
- evidence of your date and place of birth (birth certificate or passport)
- identity (driver’s license or passport)
- proof that a previous marriage has ended
How do I book my ceremony?
The great news is that you don’t have to pay everything up front.
To lock in your date, you’ll need to pay a reservation fee of only $50. This is a non-refundable amount, but you can change your date, free of charge (subject to availability) at any time.
When you submit your NOIM, a deposit of 40% of the total ceremony price will be due. The final payment for your ceremony is due no later than 2 weeks prior to your wedding date.
Who can act as our witnesses at our wedding?
Almost anyone! You’ll need two witnesses, who must both be 18 years or older, and they need to be able to speak and understand English.