to getting married in victoria
To get married in Victoria, you need to:
- Meet eligibility requirements
- Lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)
- Be married by a registered civil marriage celebrant or an authorised minister of religion
- Have 2 witnesses attend your wedding ceremony.
Same sex marriageFollowing the Commonwealth Parliament’s passage of amendments to the Marriage Act to provide for same sex marriages, the changes came into operation on Saturday 9 December 2017. The updated Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) is now available.
EligibilityYou can marry in Victoria if you’re:
- Aged 18 years or older, or
- Between 16 and 18 years old, marrying someone who’s at least 18 years old.
- A court order from a judge or magistrate allowing the marriage, and
- Written consent from your parents.
- Be already married to someone else
- Marry a close relative (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister).
Lodge a Notice of Intended MarriageYou need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) at least one month before your wedding date.
Celebrants and ministersMarriages in Victoria must be performed by an authorised celebrant, such as:
- One of our celebrants at the Victorian Marriage Registry
- Territory officers at some regional courts (contact your local court for details)
- Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants (see Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department website for a list)
- Ministers of religion of recognised denominations.
CostThere’s no set fee for a wedding ceremony in Victoria. Confirm costs with your celebrant or minister before booking your wedding.
Witnesses at your weddingYou need two witnesses at your wedding ceremony, to:
- Witness the ceremony
- Sign the marriage certificates.
Proof of marriageOn your wedding day, you’ll get a commemorative marriage certificate. It’s not the same as a standard marriage certificate and generally can’t be used for official purposes as proof of your marriage. Once your marriage is registered (your celebrant or minister will do this), you can apply for a standard marriage certificate.
Changing your nameIn most cases, you need your Australian marriage certificate to change your family name. See Changing your name after marriage, separation or divorce.
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