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FAQ

Notice of Intended Marriage
Prior to your wedding you will be required to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form. This form needs to be lodged with the celebrant a minimum of one month but no more than 18 months prior to the ceremony. Copies of the form can be obtained from the celebrant or alternatively can be downloaded from the Register Birth Deaths and Marriages at www.bdm.nsw.gov.au

(Note that signing of the form needs to be witnessed by one of the parties listed on the form)

Same Sex Marriage
Effective from 9th December 2017 same sex marriages are legal in Australia. The same requirements apply to all marriages irrespective of the sex of the couple. Futher details can be found at www.bdsm.nsw.gov.au

Marriageable Age
From 1 August 1991, the marriageable age is 18 years. If a personnot yet 18 wishes to marry prior to their 18th birthday an application will need to be made to the court for approval.

Evidence of Age
A celebrant is required to sight proof of age for both the bride and groom prior to the ceremony as follows: 
1. If born in Australia, a full Australian Birth Certificate or Australian Passport must be sighted (original document must be sighted).
2. 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. 

Proof of Identity
Prior to a wedding the celebrant is required to sight some photo identification for both parties, ie Drivers Licence or Passport.
NB: A passport cannot be used to to show both the Evidence of Age and Proof of Identity 

Previous Marriages
If either party has been previously married, you must provide the celebrant with evidence of the termination with either a Divorce Certificate (if divorced) or a full Death Certificate (if widowed). Certificates in a foreign language must be translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service. (original document must be sighted). 

Witnesses
Two witnesses are required to witness the ceremony, there is a legal requirement that the witnesses must be at least 18 years of age, usually these are either from the wedding party i.e. best man, matron of honour or from the guests to the wedding

Role of the Celebrant
The celebrant should not be the centre of attention, but a facilitator. The celebrant may guide you through all parts of the ceremony, ensuring that the legal requirements are met and that the ceremony runs smoothly.Your celebrant bears witness to your ceremony and gives it legality.

Resources
Register of Birth Death and Marriages web sites
Queensland               www.justice.qld.gov.au
New South Wales      www.bdm.nsw.gov.au
Aust Capital Territory www.rgo.act.gov.au
Victoria                       www.justice.vic.gov.au
Tasmania                   www.justice.tas.gov.au    
South Australia          
www.ocba.sa.gov.au
Western Australia      www.justice.wa.gov.au
Northern Territory      www.bdm.nt.gov.au