Requirements for Marriage
As from 1 August 1991, the marriageable age is 18 years.
If a person, not yet 18, wishes to marry prior to his
or her 18th birthday, only a court empowered to give
a 'Section 12' order can give authority for this marriage
to be solemnised.
A Notice of Intended Marriage may be lodged prior to
the 18th birthday, as long as the marriage occurs after
Both the bride and groom are required to provide proof
If born in Australia, a full Australian Birth Certificate
must be provided.
If born overseas, a foreign birth certificate or a valid
overseas passport will be accepted. If these are in another
language, they must be officially translated into English.
you are unable to provide these documents, call me
for further details.
If either party has been previously married, you
must provide the marriage celebrant with evidence
termination in the form of a Certificate of Decree
Absolute (if divorced) or a full Death Certificate
(if widowed). Certificates in a foreign language
must be translated into English by an authorised
service. Photocopies are not accepted.
part of the marriage serivce I provide, I will register
your marriage with the Australian Registry
Deaths and Marriages.
Formalities & Legal
Requirements for Marriage in Australia
must be at least 18 years of age to marry in Australia
If you are Australian born you must show your birth
certificate. If born outside Australia, you are required to show your
birth certificate or passport from your country
you have been previously married, you must show your
Absolute or a Death Certificate of a previous spouse.
are required to have two witnesses to the ceremony – I
can organize this for you, if you do not have friends
family in Sydney.
we meet prior to the wedding I must sight your passports
or birth certificate.
may be lodged in person, via fax or mail and you must
bring the original Notice
with you. I must receive the appropriately witnessed
at least one month and one day prior to the wedding. You can lodge
this with me
up to 18 months in advance of the wedding.
you are bringing your partner into Australia on a prospective
I can provide you with the necessary letter for the