(for the Ceremony)
Cram - Brisbane Marriage Celebrant
11 February 2019 |
As long as they are at least 18, legally sane, mentally
competent and relatively sober at the time, and capable
of seeing, hearing, and understanding the legal nature
of the ceremony, and they are, along with your
celebrant, in the same physical space as the two of you
for the whole of the ceremony, your two legal witnesses
for your ceremony can be anyone.
- They can be blood relatives
- They can be friends
- If you're eloping they can be strangers off the
street or hotel/restaurant/wedding venue staff
They do not have to be your Best Man and Chief
Bridesmaid. That's traditional for bigger
weddings but more and more couples are honouring their
mothers, grandparents, other relatives
or friends by having them act as their witnesses.
When deciding who will be your legal witnesses you
should be aware that they could be required to testify
in court that the marriage took place, should the
legality of your marriage ever be challenged.
The requirement for your marriage to be witnessed by two
adults is embedded in Section 44 of the Marriage Act,
1961. Your celebrant definitely can't be one of
them! There have to be 5 people minimum at your
wedding to make it legal.
You can download the Notice of Intended Marriage form here