Regardless of the style of ceremony you select there are several forms that must be completed prior to the wedding date.
Notice of Intent to Marry - Both partners must complete the 'Notice of Intent to Marry' forms no less than one month prior to your wedding. It can be completed up to eighteen months in advance. This can be witnessed by me or a Justice of the Peace.
Declaration of Marriage - Prior to the marriage, both partners must sign a 'Declaration of Marriage Form' stating that there is no legal reason as to why they cannot be married.
You will need to supply the following forms for the celebrant to sight:
Original or verified copy of the full Birth Certificate for the bride and groom.
A passport and/or birth certificate if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia.
A Statutory Declaration if you were born overseas and have no record of your birth.
Evidence of your divorce if you were married previously (a Decree Absolute).
If your previous spouse has passed away, you will need to provide the Death Certificate.
If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to provide your parents consent and an order from a Magistrate
Some form of photo identification such as a driver’s licence is also required
Witnesses - There must be two witnesses over the age of 18 present at the ceremony.
Legal Wording - Your ceremony can be as individualised as you want but there are specific words that must be said by the celebrant, the bride and the groom.
By law, the Monitum must form part of the ceremony. The celebrant must state;
‘My name is … and I am duly authorized by law to solemnize 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 a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.’
The bride and groom must state;
‘I call upon the persons here to witness that I …(name), take thee …(name), to be my lawful wedded wife/husband.’
Once the legal wording is met, the rest of the ceremony is at the discretion of the couple.