Organise your own celebrant and ceremony
If you want to organise your own celebrant and ceremony you will need to follow these steps:
Step 1. Choose a marriage celebrant. Look in the Yellow Pages under celebrants or ask the Births, Deaths and Marriages office for a list.
Step 2. Complete a notice of intended marriage form. You must submit the form to your celebrant at least 31 days before the intended date of marriage. Get the form on the marriage forms page of the Australian Government's Attorney-General's Department website.
Step 3. Give your identity and marital status documents to your celebrant. See the list of documents you will need to provide below.
Step 4. Pay the fee. Fees and procedures vary with each celebrant.
The notice of intended marriage form is valid for 18 months. You should make arrangements to get married within that time.
Identity and marital status documents
You must provide all of the following to your celebrant:
- original birth certificates
- current photo identification
- documents proving any name changes
- an Australian or overseas passport showing the date and place of birth
- if you have been divorced or widowed, you must provide an original divorce or death certificate.
Choosing a celebrant
Marriage celebrants are people who have power under the law to perform marriages.
You can choose between the following types of celebrants:
- religious celebrant
- civil celebrant
- registry office celebrant - if you choose to get married in a registry office.