How soon can we get married?
The minimum legal requirement is no sooner than one month and one day to ensure paperwork is collated, completed. You will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form you can download it here/uploads/Notice_of_intended_marriage_form.pdf The following file may also help you with the legal requirements and documents /uploads/Legal Requirements.doc
Marriages for persons under the age of 18?
A couple can get married if one person is over the age of 18 and one person is 16 years or older. In this instant the couple must get consent approved by their guardians/parents and then court approval. However, if the parents do not approve, the court can override the parents' decision and approve the marriage. This is not common anymore unless there is travel, illness or unusual situations.
How many witnesses are needed for the day?
Two witnesses, must be over the age of 18
Will we be given a certificate on the day of the wedding?
Yes a “presentation certificate” will be given to you on your wedding day. This is a legal document. However, you will require the “official certificate of marriage” to make legal changes to names etc. You can purchase this through the Queensland Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. See attached application form for Qld please note different forms will relate to different states. /uploads/marriage application form qld.pdf
The website to download the "change of name" application form.
Please note there will be a slightly different "change of name" form depending on the state you were born or reside in. attached below is the QLD "change of name" applications form
/uploads/qld change of name form BDM.pdf
Can our family members be part of the ceremony?
Yes, family members are free to contribute in any way they feel would be special; poetry readings, musical performances, speeches etc. This interaction is welcomed by me and I think it makes your ceremony that little bit more special and personal.
Are we restricted to what time of day we get married?
No, you can get married any time day or night…. Evening ceremonies can often be cooler in our region and can still have a special intimacy with candles.
Can we write our own vows?
Absolutely. There are only two paragraphs that I am required to say by law to officiate your marriage. You can make your vows as personal and individual as you like. I can help you write something if you need assistance. Otherwise let your creativity and feelings shine - this is after all YOUR special day and what better way to say how you truly feel.
Can we exchange gifts other than rings?
Yes, there are many rituals and symbolic exchanges that can take place. The exchange of rings is simply a tradition and is optional but not required by law.
Can a friend or other family member give me away if my father can’t?
Yes, there is no legal obligation as to who gives the bride away.
What support services are available to us as a couple if we need help?
www.facsia.gov.au/keys free dvd “building a stronger, healthier relationships”
Lifeline and Centercare
Family Relationship Advice Line – Freecall 1800050009