Legal Requirements


Notice of Intended Marriage Form 13 (NOIM)

Before you can be married you will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage Form 13 (NOIM) no later than 1 month and 1 day prior to your Wedding. This can be lodged 18 months in advance.

Declaration of No Legal Impediment

This will state there are no legal impediments to your marriage; you are over 18; you are not marrying your cousin and haven’t married someone else since your Celebrant saw you last! This should be signed 1 week prior to the ceremony or at the rehearsal.

Documentation on the Day

On your wedding day and as part of your Ceremony, we will sign the Marriage Register, the BDM (Births, Deaths, Marriages), Marriage Certificate and the Marriage Certificate which you will take home with you. The other documents will be sent to Births, Deaths & Marriages in your state for processing. You will receive an email confirming your marriage has been successfully registered and is all legal and binding.

Your ceremony must include 2 witnesses over the age of 18 years.
If previously married,

original evidence of divorce or death of a previous spouse will need to be presented. If a document is not in English, an official translation, in addition to the original, is required. An interpreter is required if either of you or your witnesses do not understand English.

Should you require an interpreter

for your wedding ceremony or witnesses, you can search for a local-area interpreter via the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) Ltd

The documents I will need to sight at our first appointment are:
  • Your original Birth Certificate (obtainable from Births Deaths and Marriages in the state where you were born) or Passport.
  • Proof of identity, i.e., Australian passport, overseas passport, driver’s license.
  • If either of you have been married previously, I will need your Births, Deaths, Marriages issued Marriage Certificate, and a Federal Magistrates Court Certificate of Divorce (obtainable from the Family Court in the state where you were divorced).
  • If either of you have been widowed, I will need a copy of the Death Certificate of your deceased spouse.
  • Any documents provided in a foreign language must be translated into English and a Translation Certificate supplied.

There is no one single ceremony structure. Legally required parts to the ceremony need to occur in a certain order and many options are available for the non-legal aspects.

Ceremonies vary in time according to the package you choose. “I Do” can take 15minutes for your “short sweet and legal” service, while “Holy Matrimony” & “Everlasting Love” will take 25-40 minutes. This includes signing of the register and certificates.

The Ceremony must include The Monitum (The Warning)

This is when the Celebrant impresses upon the couple the seriousness of Marriage.

These are the legal words that must be used by Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants in solemnising a marriage.

“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 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”

The Exchange of Vows

There are personal vows and then there are legal vows. These are said one after the other. Your personal vows can be anything that you want to say or promise to your partner. They can be as long or as short as you want them to be. They do not have to be the same as each other, they just need to be meaningful to each other.

“I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, xxxx (full name) take thee, xxxx (full name) to be my lawful wedded wife |husband|”

The Ring Exchange

The Exchange of Wedding Rings represent the vows and promises the bride and groom have exchanged. They signify to the world that that they belong to someone special and someone special belongs to them however it is not a legal requirement.

You can include the ring exchange whilst you are saying your legal vows, or you can do this part straight after your vows each saying special words like: 

” I give you this ring to wear”
“As a symbol of my abiding love”
“My eternal faith, and my undying devotion”

The Pronouncement of Marriage

This is where the bride and groom are introduced as husband and wife for the first time and the Celebrant makes an official statement.

“I now pronounce you husband and wife”


No longer simply partners and best friends, you have become husband and wife and can now seal the agreement with a kiss.

“Today, your kiss is a promise, you may kiss the bride”

Signing of the Register

Once the marriage is official, the bride, the groom, the two witnesses and the celebrant must sign 3 documents: The marriage register, the official marriage certificate, and the Interim Marriage Certificate (which is yours to keep).

Final Words

Offering final words and introduction of the newly married couple, followed by words of thanks and information for the guests. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to present for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Groom and Bride (Last Name)”

The Recessional

Mr. & Mrs. Bride and Groom leave the ceremony as Husband and wife to meet all their family, friends & guests as the venture into their new life together

Please note: – this represents a traditional order of events in a marriage ceremony. Depending on the choice of Marriage Service and package, you can add in other rituals, readings, poetry, and stories.