What forms do we need?
- Notice of Intended Marriage form [or NIM]
- Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage
What is the Notice of Intended Marriage form (NIM)?
The Notice of Intended Marriage form must be witnessed and signed by myself, your Celebrant. The form can either be completed electronically or by hand with black ink in BLOCK caps, no later than one month before your wedding date.
What ID documents do we need to show you?
If you were born in Australia, I am required to sight your original birth certificates and, if applicable, divorce or death papers if you have been previously married. If you are not an Australian citizen you will need to bring your passport to our initial meeting for me to sight.
What happens in the event that we have to postpone our wedding?
The Notice of Intended Marriage is valid for 18 months. Given a bit of notice, I can definitely reschedule the wedding with you.
Who can I have as my witnesses?
Witnesses can be family members or friends, providing they are over the age of 18 years. They may be from overseas.
Can I have a friend or family member read a poem at my wedding?
Yes, this is always lovely as it adds a personal dimension to your Ceremony.
How many poems/readings is the right amount?
This really is up to you. One or two is preferable to ensure that the Ceremony is not too long.
How long will the Ceremony take?
A perfect time for the Ceremony is 20 minutes but this may vary depending on how many readings/poems etc. you include.
Do I have to be given away?
Not if you don’t want to – this is totally your choice.
Is it fashionable for the bride to be late?
No, not at all! Punctuality is good on your big day!
What happens if there are people around where we plan to hold the Ceremony?
Providing you have written approval from the relevant Council to hold the Ceremony in a public place, you may ask them to move. I am happy to do this on your behalf.
Should we have chairs for our guests? Approximately how many?
You may have the exact amount of chairs for an intimate wedding or about 20 for the elderly and family for a larger one. Many of your guests will be happy to stand, especially if the Ceremony is no longer than 20 minutes.
Do you stay for the reception?
I will leave discreetly soon after the ceremony. After ensuring I have everything to finalise the paperwork and I have entrusted a responsible person with your Marriage Certificate and gift pen!
What would happen if you were to get sick?
Unless I am on deaths door I will attend to your Ceremony. In the event that I am too ill, I have a wonderful group of celebrants I can call on who would perform your ceremony.
What name does the bride sign on the day of the Wedding?
All documentation is signed in her maiden name.
What do we need to do to ensure you are our celebrant?
The date and time of your ceremony is secured
- once the Notice of Intended Marriage Form is signed, and
- either full payment or the relevant non-refundable deposit is received
Please see the link to the Government’s process on requesting the paperwork needed to change your name after you are married:
Do you have some more questions? See this information brochure from the Government for couples tying the knot.