Commonly asked questions
What do I need to do first?
Book the Celebrant as soon as you know the date, time and location as there are limits to the number of weekends in the year, particularly the high season 🙂 (week-days also available).
How much notice do you need?
The Marriage Act requires at least one calendar months’ notice to lodge your notice of intended marriage form with the celebrant of your choice.
How do I lodge an Intention to Marry Notice?
Fill out the ‘notice of intended marriage form’ at your first appointment with your celebrant up to 18 months beforehand, or no less than one month before the wedding. This can be send to you by email or post. You will need to give your celebrant evidence of date and place of birth, identity and divorce or death certificate if previously married. Your celebrant may also ask you to complete a statutory declaration to support your evidence: You will need to provide your original birth certificates or passport and divorce or death certificate if previously married.
If residing overseas we can organise all that is required by email, phone and post. The law requires that I view all original documents before the wedding ceremony. The notice may be completed and witnessed outside Australia if required.
How do I sign the register and marriage certificate?
Your maiden name – usual signature.
How long does the ceremony last?
An average ceremony is 20 to 30 minutes.
Witnesses: A marriage shall not be solemnised unless at least two persons who are over the age of 18 years are present as witnesses.
Marriage equality: On 9 December 2017, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 commenced. The Act changed the definition of marriage and provides for marriage equality in Australia. The right to marry in Australia is no longer determined by sex or gender.
You don’t have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry here. You can find marriage visa information on the Department of Home Affairs website, if you hope to live in Australia after your marriage.
After you are married : On the day of your wedding, you will sign three marriage certificates. Each certificate should be signed by you, your celebrant and two witnesses. Your celebrant will give you one of the certificates as a record of your marriage.
Your celebrant must provide your marriage paperwork to the registry of births, deaths and marriages in the state or territory in which the marriage took place within 14 days.
The certificate issued by the registry of births, deaths and marriages is required for many official purposes. You should apply for a copy of this certificate from the registry after your wedding through the relevant registry of births, deaths and marriages online porthole.
No obligation meeting: You are most welcome to book a no-obligation appointment at my home office, browse examples of Marriage Ceremonies, have a coffee/tea and chat and get to know me. I am also able to skype if you are overseas or interstate.
- Meet with a couple of Celebrants, discuss with them your vision for your ceremony. Are they able to meet your needs, how much input and flexibility will you have?
- Ask to see referrals from other couples and examples of ceremonies – consider how warm, personal and meaningful they are.
- Check the Celebrant has a Professional PA system as wind outdoors can make it difficult to hear. A common complaint.
- Plus importantly, ask the type of dress worn?
- Will the celebrant be officiating at multiple weddings on the day?
- Take your time to choose your celebrant, there are no re-runs for one of the most precious, sensitive, memorable moments of your life.
Diana is a full time professional Celebrant appointed by the Australian Federal Attorney General. She brings over ten years invaluable experience to design, choreograph and deliver your marriage ceremony in an elegant, fun and relaxed manner.
Payment: Money Order, cash, electronic funds transfer.
- Please inquire for packages.
- Registry service at my home office in the beautiful Adelaide Hills among the gum trees. (discount applies).
- Popular trend: Couples are opting to celebrate their marriage in their first home or family/ friends garden.
- Appointments: Flexible meeting times, call to make an appointment.
- I normally wear a formal dress or suit, however I have more relaxed appropriate clothing to suit your occasion.
Legal requirements in the ceremony: Section 45 Marriage Act 1961 Form of ceremony (2) Where a marriage is solemnised by or in the presence of an authorised celebrant, not being a minister of religion, it is sufficient if each of the parties says to the other, in the presence of the authorised celebrant and the witnesses, the words: “I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, A.B. (or C.D.), take thee, C.D. (or A.B.), to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband, or spouse)”;or words to that effect.
Where a marriage has been solemnised by or in the presence of an authorised celebrant, a certificate of the marriage prepared and signed in accordance with section 50 is conclusive evidence that the marriage was solemnised in accordance with this section.
(1) Subject to subsection (2), before a marriage is solemnised by or in the presence of an authorised celebrant, not being a minister of religion of a recognised denomination, the authorised celebrant shall say to the parties, in the presence of the witnesses, the words:
“I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. “Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. “Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”; or words to that effect.