John Whitford, whose warm, good-natured disposition is invaluable for stress-free nuptials, creates a ceremony honouring your unique story, personalities, and values.
He incorporates religious and/or spiritual beliefs, if requested, and blends elements from the couple's respective cultures, to ensure a meaningful, memorable event.
The Attorney General’s Department is responsible for all the regulations that determine the appointment of celebrants, the documentation necessary for a ceremony, the format of a ceremony and the legal requirements of the couple.
See the link for detailed information (www.ag.gov.au)
A summary of the legal requirements
You will need to make your intent to be married known.
This is called a Notice of Intended Marriage Form (NOIM) and must be completed at least one month before your wedding. It can be completed up to 18 months in advance of the wedding. I would suggest the earlier this can be done the better so as to book a celebrant. Usually a booking fee is required when this is lodged with the celebrant to secure the booking.
The documents you require are: (You basically have to prove your identity to the celebrant)
The declaration (Form 14)
Prior to your wedding both partners will be required to sign a declaration, under the Marriage Act 1961, stating that you believe there is no legal impediment to the marriage between yourself and your partner. This is a legal document and under Section 11 of the Statutory Declaration Act 1959 it is an offence to make false statements and is punishable by imprisonment for a term of four years.
Under the Marriage Act 1961 two persons under the age of the eighteen cannot marry. A person of age sixteen or seventeen can marry a person eighteen or over but they must obtain parental consent and approval of a court of law. Persons of sixteen and under cannot marry under any circumstances.
A Civil Marriage Celebrant is appointed by the Australian Government's Attorney General's Department and is authorised to solemnise marriages anywhere in Australia in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1961.
Responsibilities of the celebrant include:
All couples have different requests for their wedding and hence expectations of their celebrant. The celebrant is central to the success of the wedding day.
Most celebrants will have a complimentary first meeting to determine if the relationship is harmonious before signing an agreement to confirm the arrangement between both parties.
At this stage a booking fee (deposit) is necessary to secure the booking times and services of the celebrant. This agreement can include who will bring the table and chairs for the signing and/or the PA system. The balance is usually paid 2 weeks prior to wedding day or at the rehearsal.
If the Notice of Intended Marriage time requirement needs to be changed, it is possible under exceptional circumstances. Application must be made to a Court or Registry Official as a prescribed authority.