Getting Married in Australia – What you Need
…apart from another, willing, human being, of course!
When it comes to the legal side of things, there are some basic requirements that you’ll have to fulfil before you can tie the knot.
In order to be legally married in Oz, you need:
to not be married already;
to not be marrying a close relative (parent, brother, grandparent or child);
to be 18 or over, unless one of you is aged between 16 and 18 and a court has approved the union;
to understand what marriage means and to consent to it;
to use specific words in the ceremony, and
to give written notice of intent to marry to the celebrant within the specified timeframe.
You don’t need to be an Australian citizen or permanently reside in Australia, but if you plan to live here after the ceremony, you can find marriage visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
The Notice of Intended Marriage
You need to complete this form and give it to your celebrant at least a month, and no longer than 18 months, before your wedding. It can be completed and witnessed outside Australia of necessary. If you have less than a month to go, your celebrant may be able to help you in some circumstances.
You also need to provide evidence of your date and place of birth, as well as evidence of divorce, if either of you was married before.
After the ceremony
After your ceremony, you, your celebrant and two witnesses will sign three marriage certificates. You’ll get to keep one as a record. Your celebrant must register your marriage in the state it took place in within 14 days.
Your marriage certificate is an important document and you’ll need it for official purposes throughout the rest of your lives together, so make sure you apply for it from your registry office as soon as you can.