Marriage in Australia is subject to Australian law.
As a government authorised civil marriage celebrant, helping you have the perfect ceremony is only just one part of my role. I also ensure all legal obligations are met before registering you as legally married (relax ……. I walk you through all the documents, the ceremony wording and running sheet for the day).
The most important document to be completed between myself the marriage celebrant and you the couple is the ‘Notice of Intended Marriage‘ (NOIM / NIM). This important legal document (I supply this form and assist you complete it) must be completed between 18 months and 1 month and 1 day prior to your wedding date.
In addition to the Notice of Intended Marriage form, I will assist you through key legal elements of getting married, notably declarations and standard/government stamped certificates of marriage.
Evidence of identity is a key requirement to marry. In addition evidence of divorce or death of a spouse is required if applicable. Please contact me for further information.
From December 2017, sex or gender no longer affects the right to marry under Australian law and same-sex marriage became legal in Australia. The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 commenced on 9 December 2017. This Act amends the Marriage Act 1961 to redefine marriage as ‘the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’.
I respect all votes, yes or no, in the 2017 Australian referendum re same sex marriage. I have ‘opted in’ to remain a civil marriage celebrant and welcome people of any age (18+ or court approved if under 18 years), race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, ability, language, or cultural background.
If you desire to undertake pre marriage education there are many choices in Brisbane and across SEQ. Just some are:
Happily ever before and after
(brochure all couples presented with prior to ceremony)