With all the costs of getting married, it's good to know there's an affordable option that maintains the elegance of the occasion. A Registry wedding is ideal for couples seeking a fuss free ceremony. The Registry provides the vows and the ceremony takes around 15 to 20 minutes. You can be confident we will look after all the legal requirements, from ceremony to certificate.
By law, you need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage at least one calendar month before your marriage ceremony. You will need to complete these forms:
Application for a Registry marriage [PDF 250kb]
To lodge a Notice in person
To lodge a Notice by post
Both partners must provide their original Birth Certificates and a current photo ID or a passport.
If you have been previously married, you must provide evidence of the termination of the marriage in the form of an original of your final divorce papers or a Death Certificate (if you have been widowed).
All documents provided to the Registry must include the originals, and if not in English then a qualified interpreter must have translated them.
The Marriage Ceremony date and time will be booked once all the documents have been provided.
Costs below include the Fee to Lodge Notice of Intended Marriage ($162); and issue of a Standard Marriage Certificate ($56).
Credit card surcharge: 1.4% for AMEX and 0.4% for Mastercard or Visa.
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At many courthouse locations, the local court registrar can perform marriage ceremonies. For enquiries, view Court locations, listing and sitting arrangements.
It's essential the wedding party arrive
15 minutes before the appointed time for the ceremony and report to Reception. Note also that no confetti or rice is allowed. Consumption of alcohol on the Registry's premises is also prohibited. It is suggested the wedding party and guests observe a standard of dress appropriate to the occasion.
A person guilty of an offence against the
Commonwealth Marriage Act, 1961, is liable to a heavy penalty. There are penalties for such offences as: