I’m often asked about what the ‘rules’ are around getting married, especially with the recent changes to legislation around marriage equality. I’ve put together the following key points. Your celebrant should be able to discuss these further with you if there are any questions.
To be married in Australia you must:
- Not be already married to another person
- Understand what marriage means and agree to marry of your own free will
- Be at least 18 years or older – unless a court has approved for the wedding to take place between one person 18 years or older and one person between 16-18 years old
- Not be marrying your parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent or grandchild
- Include the mandatory words in your wedding ceremony
- Complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form at least one month prior to your intended wedding date; this document can be completed up to 18 months in advance
- Your celebrant must sight your original birth certificates or valid passport, divorce or death certificates where relevant and photo ID
To get married in Australia you do not have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia. All required documents prior to marriage can be submitted electronically to your celebrant of choice. If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident and want to live in Australia after your wedding you will need to apply for a Visa.
If you would like to get married in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley, or Port Stephens areas of Australia give me a call or e-mail and I can guide you through the process.