What is required
As your Celebrant I will submit a"Notice of Intended Marriage" at least one month and one day from your Wedding. This NOIM will remain active for 18 months but needs to be signed by both parties. If one party is overseas at the time of the initial meeting you can have it witnessed by an Australian Diplomatic Officer, an Australian Consular Officer or a public notary- with their offical stamp attatched to the form, for further advice ask the Australian Consul or Australian Embassy.
You must be over 18 years of age to be married in Australia.
At the initial meeting it is necessary to have an 'extended' Birth Certificate (that is one with the parents' details on it). If born overseas you need a valid Passport showing your place of birth. If this is not available then a Federal Statutory Declaration needs to be made to state this. I am able to complete this with you.
If either party is divorced or widowed, the original Decree documents or Death Certificate of the former spouse need to be brought to the initial meeting.
The Marriage is recognised when it is registered with the 'Births, Deaths and Marriage' Department by the celebrant via the internet and a confirmation/registration number is returned once the relevant papers have been received by the Department. Usually the offical marriage certificate is ordered by the celebrant for the couple and is sent by mail.
You can be married anywhere in Australia, land, sea or air.
You can have any ceremony style as long as it includes the Monetum.
Where to start
As each family is unique and different you will want your ceremony to reflect that. You have already made an important commitment now you need my professional services to guide you through the legal requirements and the style your ceremony will take.
Contact me to make a time that suits you so we can talk through the choices you will make for your ceremony. This time gives you the opportunity to share your vision of your special day and helps us to begin to understand each other.
Once you are happy to proceed with my service I will need a deposit to lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage and to confirm your Wedding date.
Your NOIM must be lodged with the Attorney General one month and one day before your ceremony.
There are many styles your ceremony can follow and you may have chosen Wedding Knot Ceremonies because of the special memento of a Wedding Knot and ribbons that is used in the ceremony which binds your hands as one.
Of course Wedding Knot Ceremonies can design your ceremony to suit you. Be it traditional, formal or informal. You can even include a promise to children if either partner has children from previous relationships.
A rehearsal time can be scheduled in for a few days before your ceremony so everyone in the bridal party is aware of where they will stand (important for lighting for the photography or video) and to give time for those who will speak to practise before the day and ensure all nerves are more settled and you can enjoy your day.
If you want an order of service we can plan this too.
What to expect on the day
Your Wedding Day will arrive faster than you might expect, be assured with my help your ceremony will flow smoothly and be the perfect day you want (no matter what the weather does).
I will arrive 45 minutes before the ceremony to set up and or test the public address system so your guests will be able to hear your vows and follow the ceremony. Following from the arrangements we will have discussed earlier I will either set up a table and chairs for the signing and have any cue cards or order of service with me to give to the appropriate people, and or I will be there to calm the groom as your guests arrive for your ceremony.
Once the bride has arrived I will welcome your guests and have the music begin (as chosen by you) for the bride’s entry.
The vows and any verses along with the ceremony will be carried out by me and your chosen participants.
Your Wedding Certificate needs to be signed by two witnesses over the age of 18; they may or may not be part of the bridal party. A formal Marriage Certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages will be required for identification for passports, and name change in the future, as your celebrant I will apply for this while you are on your Honeymoon.
I will lastly present you to your guests after your kiss of commitment and the signing of the registry and thank you for allowing me to be part of this important public commitment.
Wedding Knot Ceremonies will have worked through all other legal paper work with you well before this special day.
is made up of the following:
I must identify myself as being the Authorised Celebrant.
Monetum - as per the Marriage Act
Exchange of Rings
Declaration of Marriage
Reading or Poem (this can appear anywhere in the ceremony)
Prayer or Blessing (this can appear anywhere in the ceremony)
Signing of Marriage Certificate
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