Legal forms and requirements

LEGAL FORMS CIVIL WEDDINGS:

BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY:

NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE (N.O.I.M.) Form 13

Must be completed between one month and 18 months before the wedding

I have copies or you can download a NOIM at: https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/Notice-of-intended-marriage.pdf

Must be signed by bride and groom, witnessed by celebrant ideally

Normally we would complete this together

Celebrant must sight the originals (as applicable) of:

o Birth certificates or

o Passports

o Evidence of absolute divorce

o Evidence of death of spouse

o A statutory declaration regarding birth is allowed in some circumstances

o Photo Identification required in all cases

I will give you initial advice if your circumstances are unusual – such as wanting to marry a relative, a person from another country, or a person under 18 years of age

AT THE REHEARSAL:

Couple signs Declaration of no legal impediment to marriage (Form 14)

Couple checks accuracy of the 3 unsigned marriage certificates

ON THE DAY OF THE CEREMONY:

There are 3 certificates to be signed by the couple and the celebrant, plus 2 witnesses who are aged 18 or over

I will give you one attractive signed certificate as a keepsake, but it cannot be used for official purposes such as name change requests.

You need to apply for the official certificate from the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages (Victoria) after the wedding, check this website:

http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/home/marriages/

NAME CHANGING AFTER THE WEDDING:

If you wish to change your name you might like to buy a name change kit at this website: http://newlywed.com.au/

For general advice on name changes refer to the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages (Victoria) via this website:

http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/home/marriages/

For more information try our Wedding Celebrant Melbourne homepage