Some resources you may find useful.
As your celebrant I will advise you about the requirements of the Marriage Act 1961 and The Regulations; I will ensure that you meet all the legal requirements to be married; I will assist you to identify the most individual and wonderful words and vows to weave into your unique ceremony and I will lead you through your fabulous wedding.
I also have the important responsibility of ensuring that your supporting evidence is appropriate and that the documents for your marriage are completed correctly and that these documents are forwarded to Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in the State in which you were married, within 14 days of your marriage.
I can say that BDM in Queensland is taking approximately three weeks to register marriages and then you will be able to apply for a formal Marriage Certificate at a cost of approximately $40.00, depending on the format you order. For marriages in Queensland, you can order a formal marriage certificate on line through www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/birth-death-and-marriage-certificates/marriage-certificates
No more than 18 months and no less than one month before your marriage, you will sign a Notice of Intended Marriage and lodge it with a marriage celebrant. At that time, I will give you a copy of the document, 'Happily Ever...Before and After'.
At your wedding, you and your two witnesses will sign three documents; the Marriage Register; a Certificate of Marriage and a Ceremonial Marriage Certificate. This Ceremonial Marriage Certificate is not a formal certificate and so is not adequate for some formal legal requirements. That is why you will have to apply for a formal Marriage Certificate after your marriage is registered.
A day or two before your marriage, you will also sign a Statutory Declaration that there are no legal impediments to your marriage. This Statutory Declaration is on the back of the Marriage Certificate that you sign at your wedding.
You will find a lot more information about getting married on the Attorney General's web site at www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage
On the above page, you will find information about the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM); the Celebrant's Code of Conduct and complaints processes and the 'Happily Ever...Before and After' document.
You may have heard about the Commonwealth Department of Social Services 'Stronger Relationships' trial. This program offered eligible committed couples a grant to access relationship counselling. However, the program has now ceased and is therefor not available to couples.
Please give me a call if you have any questions, as it is very important that all legal and administrative requirements are met in order to ensure that your marriage is legal and valid.