The Notice of Intended Marriage form must be completed a minimum of one calendar month prior to the marriage, and no earlier than 18 months prior to the marriage. The Celebrant needs to sight either the original birth certificates or passports of each party if born in Australia. If either/both parties were born outside Australia, either a birth certificate or passport (citing birth date) must be produced.
If either party has been previously married, a ‘Decree Absolute’ document is required to be sighted to prove evidence of the dissolution of the prior marriage.
Any relevant documentation in a foreign language should be translated into English by a certified translator.
This website may be of assistance in this regard – www.naati.com.au
Photo id. (Passport or Drivers Licence) is also required to prove the identity of the couple signing the Notice of Intended Marriage.
The first step in engaging the Denmark Celebrant is to meet and decide whether you are happy to work together and entrust me to perform your wedding service and associated legal responsibilities.
The next step is to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage form. This is a legal requirement that needs to be completed a minimum of one calendar month prior to the intended marriage and no earlier than 18 months before the wedding date (see more about other legalities below).
We will then discuss your ideas and wishes for your ceremony. Each step of the way, you will be involved in the progress of your special ceremony. Together we will design a service that expresses the unique qualities of your partnership. You have the final approval of the ceremony so there will be no surprises. I will also provide you with a printed record of the ceremony with your Marriage Certificate.
This is a guideline only and there is flexibility to involve family and friends, incorporate religious, spiritual or other rituals, play your favourite music and so forth. The Monitum and the Declaration of Intention to Marry cannot be excluded, they are a legal requirement that must be performed by the Celebrant.
Suggested Order of Ceremony:
1.Processional – arrival of Bride
2.Welcoming – Celebrant welcomes family & friends
3.Giving Away (Optional)
4.Introduction- Celebrant speaks about the couple
5.Reading – Verse or poem often by friend or family member
7.Declaration of Intention to Marry
10.Inclusion of Rituals (Optional)
11.The Declaration – Celebrant announces the couple ‘Man and Wife’
12.Signing of the Register
13.Presentation to Family & Friends – announces couple as ‘Mr & Mrs’
14.Recessional – The couple leave the ceremony area
Possible Wedding Locations
With a civil ceremony you are free to choose a location and time that appeals to you. It is important to be aware that many public places such as parks, beaches etc will require you to gain permission from a relevant local authority.
These are some of the places you may like to consider holding your service:
Public Gardens & Parks*
Historic Locations *
*Local government permission required
Possible Rituals to Enhance the Ceremony
There are many ways to add a special touch to your service, some of the most popular rituals include:
Balloon or Dove Release
Wedding Ring or Hand Blessing
Please let me know if there is a special ritual or tradition you would like included during your wedding service.