faq’s

There are no restrictions on where and when you can marry in Australia provided you meet the set legal requirements. You can get married legally in Australia at any time and any place.
You must be over 18 years of age to be married in Australia.

If you are a minor, that is under the age of 18 years, in some circumstances you can apply to a Judge or Magistrate of your State or Territory for an order to authorize you being married. Please note, this permission is rarely granted.

You must declare your marital status, that is:

  • have you ever been previously married
  • are you divorced
  • are you a widow/ widower
If you have:

  • Never validly married previously
    • a Birth Certificate is required
      • if you were born overseas, a passport is required
  • been divorced
    • a Birth Certificate is required
    • if you were born overseas, a passport is required
    • a Certificate of Divorce is required, however, if you were divorced prior to 1 July 2002 you will need a copy of the decree absolute
  • if you are a widow/ widower
    • a Birth Certificate is required
    • if you were born overseas, a passport is required
    • your spouses Death Certificate is required

All original documents in a foreign language must be translated into English, the national language of Australia.

A Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged with your Marriage Celebrant no longer than 18 months prior to the wedding date to no later that 31 days (one month and one day) prior to your wedding date unless a shortening of time is granted in extenuating circumstances.
You are required by law to have two witnesses, both over the age of 18 years of age present at your Marriage Ceremony. Witnesses can be any person. They can be related to you.
Wedding rings are optional, they are not a legal requirement of Australia.