Legal Requirements

The legal age to be married in Australia is 18 years.

By law, a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) must be completed and lodged with me at least one calendar month and one day prior to your wedding date. 
Click here to download the NOIM


  • Both the bride and groom will need to produce original copies of their Birth Certificates. If you were born outside Australia and cannot locate your birth certificate, you may be able to use an overseas passport showing date and place of birth or write a Statutory Declaration pertaining to this.

  • If the bride or groom has been married before, a Decree Absolute or a Death Certificate (if the previous spouse has passed away) must be produced.

  • If either party has changed their name by deed poll, the official Change of Name Document/certificate must be produced.

  • All documents need to be in English or have an official English translation attached.

  • All certificates must be originals. extracts or certified copies. Photocopies are not accepted.


If you cannot lodge the NOIM with me in person, you will need to complete it in front of a Prescribed Authority.  Send it to me with photocopies or scanned copies of the documentation mentioned above so I can verify that all the paperwork has been filled in correctly.

Prior to the ceremony I need to sight the original documents and both bride and groom will have to sign a Declaration of Marriage to confirm there is no legal reason why the marriage cannot take place. 

By law, two witnesses, who are over the age of 18 and who completely understand the ceremony are required to attend the wedding and sign the Marriage Certificate.


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