Getting started on getting married...

Getting married can be a challenging process, involving sometimes complex paperwork and a range of legal documents. While all care is taken here to provide some basic insights into the process, you should also consult the website of the Attorney General's Department or discuss details with your marriage celebrant.

After selecting your celebrant there are a few critical legal steps in the process of becoming married.


Step 1 - The Notice of Intended Marriage form (NOIM)

Once you are engaged it is time to complete your Notice of Intended Marriage and submit it to your celebrant. The form, which we often refer to as NOIM, is available on the Attorney General's website and must be witnessed by your celebrant or another authorised person, such as a Public Notary. The NOIM must be submitted at least one month prior to your wedding, but not longer than 18 months ahead of the event.


Step 2 - Identification documents

As part of verifying your identity you will be required to produce a range of documents, depending on your personal circumstances. The main documents that will be required are an original birth certificate (or passport), a photo ID such as passport or Drivers Licence, and a divorce certificate or death certificate (if you have been married previously or your previous spouse is deceased). Depending on your individual circumstances, other documents may be required. Your celebrant has to view all documents in their original prior or your wedding.


Step 3 - Final documents

Before you can get married your celebrant will also require you to make a Statutory Declaration, stating that there is no legal impediment to your impending marriage. This is often done as part f the rehearsal or another time immediately prior to the wedding day. The forms will be supplied and witnessed by your celebrant.