Legal information

Attorney-General’s Department -

Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Victoria) -

Applying for a Birth Certificate (Victoria) -

Notice of Intent to Marry Form –

Statutory Declarations -

Applying for a Marriage Certificate (Victoria) -

Births, deaths and marriages registries (all States and Territories) -


Legal requirements

For anyone wanting marry in this Country - A 'Notice of Intended Marriage' form must be completed and lodged with me at least one month prior to the wedding. You cannot get married within Australia without giving one month’s notice. Once lodged with me, the Form 13 is valid for a maximum period of 18 months (See above for link to this form). The marriage cannot take place until one month after the date I receive the Notice of Intention to Marry form from you, unless a Prescribed Authority (Court Magistrate) has authorised the marriage to be solemnised before that time has elapsed. (see below for a shortening of time)

If a party to an intended marriage cannot conveniently sign this notice at the time, the other party may sign the notice and give to me (eg the Bride or Groom). However in this case, the party who has not signed the notice must sign it, in my presence, before the marriage can be solemnised.

Paperwork that must be provided

Along with giving me evidence of identification you must also provide proof of date and place of birth - this can be done by producing one of the following:

For anyone born within Australia:

  • an original birth certificate, OR
  • an original extract of birth OR
  • certified copy of either of the above and an Australian Driver's Licence
  • An Australian Passport is acceptable for this purpose

If you were born overseas:

  • an original birth certificate, OR
  • an original extract of birth OR
  • a certified copy of either of the above
  • An overseas passport

Certain documents need to be produced if either party has been previously married:-

If a party has been divorced - evidence of that party's divorce - I need to sight court evidence of the decree absolute upon dissolution of marriage. Evidence of divorce is needed before being married.

As of 1st July 2002, the Family Court and the Federal Magistrate’s Court ceased issuing both a decree nisi of dissolution of marriage and a decree absolute. They now issue a document titled "Certificate of Divorce", which contains the dates of the decree nisi and the decree absolute. This certificate is evidence of divorce for the purpose of solemnising a marriage.

If you were divorced prior to 1st July 2002 you will need to show me a copy of the decree absolute.

If a party is widowed - the death notice of that party's spouse.

Marriage of a minor

For a person under the marriageable age to marry it is a requirement for certain documents to be provided to the celebrant. A parent's consent and a court order under Section 12 of the marriage Act is required if one person to the marriage is under 18 years of age. Under no circumstances can two minors be legally married.

Shortening of Time process

There are reasons that allow you to apply for a shortening of time (less than one month). To apply for a shortening of time you must consider the reason to come within one of the following criteria:

Considerations by the Court are given for:

  1. Employment related or other travel commitments
  2. Wedding or celebration arrangements or religious considerations.
  3. Medical Reasons
  4. Legal proceedings
  5. Error in giving notice * (This relates only to error on the part of the celebrant)

Please understand that as a legally qualified Celebrant, I must conform to all the legal requirements for the Marriage Ceremony and I am not able to make exceptions. However, I can advise you how to have peace of mind regarding all your legal obligations.


Overseas Couples Wanting to Marry in Australia

Working with overseas couples for an Australian Wedding is easy. The same applies when one party to the marriage is overseas and the other person is here in Australia. There are just a few administrative details to adhere to, and then we work via Skype, phone and email. If you are able to make a visit to Australia prior to your wedding I can work with you to plan a meeting. The main paperwork that must be completed include:

  • A 'Notice of Intended Marriage' (form 13) must be completed
  • Original identification and Proof of date and place of birth documentation must be viewed (see below for details)

A Notice of Intended Marriage form must be completed and lodged with me at least one month prior to the wedding. This form can be obtained from the Government website:

Once lodged with me this form is valid for a maximum period of 18months. I usually ask couples to handle this as early as possible to ensure we have no last minute difficulties.

This form can be completed by you if you are overseas - then witnessed by the appropriate officer and mailed to me. If the bride or groom are in Australia - we can fill the Form in with just one person - then get the other party to complete it when they arrive in Australia. (the month starts from the time that one person has signed the form and I have witnessed their signature)

The Page 3 of the form must be completed carefully then taken to an appropriate officer to witness your signatures. An appropriate officer who can sign this form outside of Australia is one of the following:

  • An Australian Diplomatic Officer
  • An Australian Consular Officer
  • A Notary Public - A person in any country publicly authorised to attest contracts and perform other formalities. Someone authorised to witness legal documents.
  • An employee of the Commonwealth authorised under para 3(c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955
  • An Employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorised under para 3 (d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955

The easiest of all of these is usually the Notary Public. Once this has been done the form should be forwarded to me via scanned attachment and email and then the documents sent by registered mail.

When you arrive in the country I can then view your original Identification.

Once the paperwork is finalized, we can then start working on your ceremony - I would then go through the same process with you as I do for couples that reside in Australia.


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St Francis of Assisi prayer

Make me an instrument of peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

The Colour of My Love – David foster and Arthur Janov

I'll paint a sun to warm your heart
Knowing that we'll never part
I'll draw the years all passing by
So much to learn so much to try
I'll paint my mood in shades of blue
Paint my soul to be with you
I'll sketch your lips in shaded tones
Draw your mouth to my own
I'll trace a hand to wipe your tears
A trace a look to calm your fears
A silhouette of dark and light
To hold each other oh so tight
I’ll paint the stars in the evening sky
Draw the light into your eyes
A touch of love, a touch of grave,
To softly fall on your moonlit face
And with this ring our lives will start
Let nothing ever keep our love apart
I’ll take your hand to hold in mine
And be together through all time.


Destiny is a mysterious thing.
No matter what you do or where you go, you can’t avoid it.
And, no matter how hard you try, even putting forth your greatest effort, you can’t force it to happen before its time.
This occasion we witness today is the destiny of two souls.
There is not a force in the universe that could have kept us apart and there is nothing they could have done to come together sooner.
Each of them had to live their lives to this point, lives that were stepping stones that have led to this moment in time, this uniting of hearts and minds that shall be forever more. Destiny is an agreement of souls fulfilled in life.
Yes, destiny is a marvelous and mysterious thing.

To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh

To love is not to possess,
To own or imprison,
Nor to lose one's self in another.
Love is to join and separate,
To walk alone and together,
To find a laughing freedom
That lonely isolation does not permit.
It is finally to be able
To be who we really are
No longer clinging in childish dependency
Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,
It is to be perfectly one's self
And perfectly joined in permanent commitment
To another--and to one's inner self.

1 Corinthians 13

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. … And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Sonnet 116: "Let me not to the marriage of true minds..." by William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Apache Wedding Prayer

Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness,
for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons,
but there are three lives before you: his life, her life and your life together.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into your days together.
And may all your days be good and long upon the Earth.


Music and songs for weddings

Here is my selection of the most popular music for all occasions (there is more…):

All I Want is You – Damien Leith
All My Loving – The Beatles
A Love Until the End of Time – Placido Domingo and Maureen McGovern
Always On My Mind – Tony Barber
Amazed - Lonestar
Amazing – Alex Lloyd
Amazing Grace – Il Divo
A Moment Like This - Kelly Clarkson
All My Life - K-Ci & Jojo
At Last - Etta James
Ava Maria - Beyonce
Beautiful Day - U2
Beautiful in My Eyes – Joshua Kadison
Because you Loved me - Celine Dion
Be My Love – Mario Lanza
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin - Wagner
Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle
Can You Feel the Love Tonight? - Elton John
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Tony Bennett
Close To You – The Carpenters
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
Come What May – Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor
Crazy In Love - Beyonce
Dance Me to the End of Love - Leonard Cohen
Dedicated to the One I Love – Mamas and Papas
Dream Come True - Frozen Ghost
Eternal Flame - The Bangles
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Everywhere – Michelle Branch
Fields of Gold – Sting or Eva Cassidy
Forever - Jaheim
Forever and For Always - Shania Twain
For Once In My Life – Tony Bennett
From This Moment -Shania Twain
Going to the Chapel – Dixie Cups
Harbor – Vienna Teng
Have I Told You Lately? - Rod Stewart
Heart of Gold – Neil Young
Heaven - DJ Sammy
Here and Now - Luther Vandross
Here Comes the Bride (Wedding march - Processional) – Mendelssohn
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You - James Taylor
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You – Marvin Gaye
I Can Only Imagine - Mercy Me
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
I Cross My Heart - George Strait
I do, I do, I do -Abba
I Do - Westlife
I Do (Cherish You) - 98 Degrees
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
I Finally Found Someone – Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams
I Live My Life for You - Firehouse
I’ll Be There - Mariah Carey
Isn’t it Romantic – Ella Fitzgerald
It's Your Love - Tim McGraw/Faith Hill
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
Kiss From a Rose – Seal
Lara’s Theme - Ferrante & Teicher (from Dr Zhizago)
Let’s Stick Together – Bryan Ferry
Love is a Many Splendid Thing – Ferrante and Teicher (Theme music)
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Love of My Life -Jim Brickman
Love Story – Taylor Swift
Me and You - Kenny Chesney
More Than Words - Extreme
My Beautiful Friend – Guy Sebastian
My Boo - Usher and Alisha Keys
Nella Fantasia – Sarah Brightman
Never be Anyone Else but You – Ricky Nelson
On Bended Knee - Boyz II Men
One In A Million - Aaliyah
Only Time - Enya
Only You - Ashanti
Our Wedding Day – Sharon Corr (Violin)
Per Sempre (For Always) – Anthony Callea
Power of Love - Luther Vandross
Pride - Shannon Noll
Put It On Me - Ja Rule
Something About the Way You Look Tonight – Elton John
Somewhere in Time - Rachmaninoff
Somewhere over the rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Stay With My Heart – Sophie Zelmani
Storybook Love (Theme from Princess Bride) - Mark Knopfler
Sukiyaki – Kyu Samamoto (Japanese love song)
Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
Thank You (For Loving) - Bon Jovi
Thank You - Keith Urban
The More I See You – Nat King Cole
The Power of Love - Celine Dion
The Prayer - Charlotte Church and Josh Groban
The Way You Look Tonight - Tony Bennett
The Wonder of You – Elvis Presley
This I Promise You – Ronan Keating
This guys in love with you - by Faith no more
This Magic Moment – The Four Tops
This I Promise You - 'NSYNC
Today Was a Fairytale – Taylor Swift
Together We Are One – Delta Goodrem
To Love Somebody – Marcia Hines, Brian Cadd, Max Merritt and Doug Parkinson
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Two Strong Hearts – John Farnham
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
Underneath It All - No Doubt
Walking on a Dream - Empire of the Sun.
We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
Wedding March (Midsummer’s Night Dream) - Mozart
Wedding March from Marriage of Figaro – Mozart
Wedding March Bridal Party – Pachabel’s Canon in D Major
What I Like About You - Romantics
When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
When a Man Loves a Woman – Marvin Gaye
When I Fall in Love – Chris Botti (Trumpet instrumental)
When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating or Alison Krauss
Wind Beneath My Wings – Judy Collins
Words of Love – Buddy Holly
You Are My Lover – Suzi Quatro
You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
You’re My Best Friend - Queen
You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
You Light Up My Life – Bianca Ryan
You’ll be in My Heart – Celtic Woman
Your love keeps lifting me higher – by Jackie Wilson