Marriage & Wedding Ceremonies Frequently Asked Questions
- Notice of Intended Marriage form [or NIM]
- Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage
The Notice of Intended Marriage form must be witnessed and signed by myself, your Celebrant. The form can either be completed electronically or by hand with black ink in BLOCK caps, no later than one month before your wedding date.
If you were born in Australia, I am required to sight your original birth certificates and, if applicable, divorce or death papers if you have been previously married. If you are not an Australian citizen you will need to bring your passport to our initial meeting for me to sight.
The Notice of Intended Marriage is valid for 18 months. Given a bit of notice, I can definitely reschedule the wedding with you.
Witnesses can be family members or friends, providing they are over the age of 18 years. They may be from overseas.
Yes, this is always lovely as it adds a personal dimension to your Ceremony.
This really is up to you. One or two is preferable to ensure that the Ceremony is not too long.
A perfect time for the Ceremony is 20 minutes but this may vary depending on how many readings/poems etc. you include.
Not if you don’t want to – this is totally your choice.
No, not at all! Punctuality is good on your big day!
Providing you have written approval from the relevant Council to hold the Ceremony in a public place, you may ask them to move. I am happy to do this on your behalf.
You may have the exact amount of chairs for an intimate wedding or about 20 for the elderly and family for a larger one. Many of your guests will be happy to stand, especially if the Ceremony is no longer than 20 minutes.
I will leave discreetly soon after the ceremony. After ensuring I have everything to finalise the paperwork and I have entrusted a responsible person with your Marriage Certificate and gift pen!
Unless I am on deaths door I will attend to your Ceremony. In the event that I am too ill, I have a wonderful group of celebrants I can call on who would perform your ceremony.
All documentation is signed in her maiden name.
Please see the link to the Government’s process on requesting the paperwork needed to change your name after you are married:
Do you have some more questions? See this information brochure from the Government for couples tying the knot, or contact us.