Tutorials - About Getting Married
The legal bits are pretty
boring. But it is important to get them right.
These bite-size tutorials about the legal
aspects of getting married were originally posted on
They are posted here in a logical order (basically in
the order in which you will need the information, for
example, when completing your Notice of Intended
Marriage) rather than the order in which they were
Giving Notice of your Intention to Marry
To be legally married in Australia you are required to
give a clear calendar month's notice of your intended
marriage. But what does that mean, precisely? ...
The Notice of Intended Marriage doesn't lock you
into a wedding
When completing the Notice of Intended Marriage, you can
safely ignore the box on the top left of the Notice of
Intended Marriage, ... More..
Description of Person - Notice of Intended
The first thing the Notice of Intended Marriage asks you
is to choose how each of you want to be described and
tick the relevant box ... More...
Sex - Choosing the appropriate box on the Notice of
Each party to the marriage can to check the appropriate
box for their gender - Male, Female, or Non-binary. It's
optional ... More...
Usual Occupation - Notice of Intended Marriage and
The Notice of Intended Marriage asks for your Usual
Occupation. What that means is your job ...
Usual Place of Residence - Notice of Intended
Marriage and Marriage Certificate
Your usual place of residence is the permanent address
of where you live... More...
Conjugal Status - Notice of Intended Marriage
The Notice of Intended Marriage asks for your Conjugal
Status. What that means is your current marital status.
There are specific terms you must use ...
Birthplace - Notice of Intended Marriage
The Notice of Intended Marriage asks for your
Birthplace. What that means is the suburb, town, or city
where you were born ... More...
Parent Birth Name - Notice of Intended Marriage
One of the questions on the Notice of Intended Marriage
is “Parent Full Birth Name”. ... More...
Are you related to one another? - Notice of Intended
On the top of page 4 of the Notice of Intended Marriage
there are two boxes, for Yes and No answers to whether
you are related to one another. ... More...
Signing the Notice of Intended Marriage
You must sign the Notice in front of a qualified
witness ... More...
Proving who you are
Before you can be married in Australia, you have to
provide evidence of when and where you were born,
and photo ID as proof of your identity ...
Proving who you are (Part 2)
You must provide evidence of who you are in the form of
official documents, This means ... More...
Is your Celebrant allowed to Cancel?
The Marriage Act is very clear about the circumstances
in which a celebrant can cancel on you ...
Breaking up with your Celebrant
You can change your celebrant if you wish
Witnesses (for the ceremony)
Your witnesses can be anyone, as long as ...
Signing the Marriage Certificates
On the day, each certificate will be signed by five
people ... More...
See also Wedding
for more information on the legal
side of getting married in Australia