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wedding-legal-requirementsMarriage in Australia is a legally binding contract and must abide by current laws. You will need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage with your marriage celebrant at least one month and one day before the marriage and comply with other requirements of the Marriage Act.

These laws for marriages in Australia include:

  • Before you marry, it is required by law that you lodge with me the Notice of Intended Marriage form. This must be submitted to me a minimum of one calendar month and one day prior to the wedding.
  • You must be over 18 years of age to marry in Australia.
  • If you are Australian born you must show your birth certificate in English. If you are born outside Australia you are required to show your birth certificate or passport from your country of birth.
  • If either of you have been previously married, you will have to produce your Divorce Decree Absolute papers and if either of your spouses are deceased, you must produce the Death Certificate.
  • On the day of your marriage you must have two witnesses over the age of 18 years.
  • All documents used as proof of identity must be in English.
  • You may marry anywhere in Australia provided it is within Australian territorial waters.
  • Your full name must be used during the ceremony and whilst surnames may be omitted when saying your vows, nicknames may not be used. They can however be used in other parts of the ceremony.
  • Surprise weddings must be agreed to at least a minimum of one calendar month and one day prior to the wedding and cannot be legalised if the surprise wedding is organised by one of the parties without the knowledge of the other.