Legal Requirements


I am responsible for lodging all legal documentation with the relevant authorities on your behalf, however, you will need to provide me with the following legal documentation in order for us to start the process of working together.

Please note, all documents must be originals.  If any documents are in a foreign language they must be translated into English by an accredited authority, preferably a NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) accredited association or organisation.

Marital Status

Never Validly Married  Birth Certificate plus Photo ID, or Passport.

Divorced  Birth Certificate plus Photo ID, or Passport, plus Decree Absolute / Certificate of Divorce.

Widow/Widower Birth Certificate plus Photo ID, or passport; plus Death Certificate of spouse.


To be married in Australia you must be over the age of 18 years. In extenuating circumstances (if one party is under 18 years of age) you can apply to the Courts for the permission of a Judge to be married, however this is almost never granted. Parental consent is also required.


A “Notice of Intended Marriage” form is required to be completed and lodged with your celebrant at least one month prior to the wedding date, and no more than eighteen months prior to the wedding date.

I will provide you with the Notice of Intended Marriage form and help you complete it once you have secured my services as your celebrant.

If you are overseas I can email you this Notice of Intended Marriage form, giving instructions on how to have it completed and signed by the relevant parties. Once this is done, you can scan and email to me in Australia. The day I receive the scanned copy of your Notice, is the “lodgement date” – this makes it very easy to lodge your Notice in plenty of time.

If you wish, you can obtain a “Notice of Intended Marriage” form from an Australian Embassy, Australian High Commission or online at Notice Of Intended Marriage Form Australia.


Contact Kip Harris
Marriage Celebrant
Port Macquarie
0419 432 244