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Lao Tzu

A wedding is a wonderful celebration of two people in love coming together to exchange vows pledging a lifetime of love and companionship into the future. There is also a legal side to your marriage. Please refer to Marriage Formalities/ Legal Requirements below:

I understand there are times when a couple would like just to get away from it all and get married with just a couple of friends. So long as the ceremony is one calendar month from the date of the lodgment of your Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) it can all be arranged, and if you haven’t any friends or family in the country to witness your marriage I will organise this for you. I have also married a few couples, with just their witnesses, in my courtyard garden.

Marriage Formalities / Legal Requirements

As a celebrant I will assist you with all the legal requirements, including all the obligatory paperwork to perform your marriage.

So that you know what the law requires, here is a brief list:

You need to lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at least one calendar month prior to the date of your wedding with me. It can be lodged up to 18 months in advance if you would like.

Click here to download a copy of the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM).

You must to be over 18 years of age to marry in Australia.

If you were born in Australia you need to show your birth certificate with photo ID or your passport, please note your passport can be expired but not cancelled. If you were born overseas, then you will need either your birth certificate with photo ID or passport from your country of birth.

If either of you have been married before then you must provide your decree absolute of dissolution of marriage papers, or the Death Certificate/Notice of your previous spouse.

The following five procedures must be included in your ceremony to make it legal: