Marriages & Relationships

Registry Marriages

in five easy steps ​

Bridal bouquetWith 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 Marriage is ideal for couples seeking a simple and intimate 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. To app​​ly for a Registry Marriage, please complete both of these forms:

Registry Marriag​​​e & Certificate application [Fillable PDF 440kb]

Notice of intended marriage form [Fillable PDF 70kb]​

Australian Marriage Laws

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:

  • A person who is married shall not go through a form of ceremony of marriage with any person, section 94(1).
  • A person shall not go through a form of marriage ceremony with a person who is not of marriageable age, section 95(1).
  • A person shall not wilfully make a false statement in a declaration under the Commonwealth Marriage Act, 1961, section 96(1).

Our current fees

The "Cost of a Registry ​Marriage" shown below, includes the Fee to Lodge Notice of Intended Marriage ($159); and issue of a Standard Marriage Certificate ($53).

Cost of a ​Registry Marriage (including GST) $AUD
Marriages during business hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. $200 ceremony fee is included.$412
Marriages by special arrangement: Friday evening, weekends, public holidays. $309 ceremony fee is included.$521

Credit card surcharge from 1 July 2016: 1.4% for AMEX and 0.4% for Mastercard or Visa. 


  • Charges may apply, page 5: Refunds Policy [PDF 470kb]
  • Refund of ceremony fee: 14 days notice is required.
  • The "Lodge NOIM fee" is non-refundable.
  • A transfer fee of $103 applies to transfer the NOIM to an external celebrant.

Choose a location

Sy​dneyChippendale marriage room

  • Address details at: Registry Office locations
  • Monday to Friday (9:00am - 4:30pm)
  • Friday evening (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
  • Saturday (9:00am - 5:00pm)
  • Most Sundays (9:30am - 5:00pm)
  • Guests: up to 12 people

Parra​mattaParramatta marriage room

  • Address details at: Registry Office locations
  • Monday to Friday (9:00am - 4:30pm)
  • Friday evening (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
  • Saturday (9:00am - 5:00pm)
  • Sundays (by special arrangement)
  • Guests: up to 24 people indoors (plus an outside garden)

Wollo​ngongNovotel Northbeach Wollongong

  • Address: three local venues are available: Sage Hotel Wollongong; Old Wollongong Courthouse; Novotel Northbeach Wollongong
  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (9:00am - 4:30pm)
  • Guests: up to 20 people

Local ​Courthouses

At many courthouse locations, the local court registrar can perform marriage ceremonies. For enquiries, view Court locations, listing and sitting arrangements. ​

Lodge a Notice

To book a marriage interview please phone 13 77 88​

At least one month before the ceremony, you need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage.

  • Both the bride and groom must visit the Registry in person.
  • The Notice remains valid for up to 18 months.
  • If the couple are unsure of a date for their ceremony, this can be done later on.

To lodge a Notice in person

  • At Parramatta Registry, no appointment is required for a marriage interview. Please phone to arrange a time at our other locations. 

To lodge a Notice by post

Please phone the Registry if you are unable to lodge your Notice in person. However, in order to confirm the arrangements, an interview in person will still be required as follows:

  • couples in Australia must attend an interview at least 10 working days before the ceremony,
  • couples overseas must attend an interview at least 5 working days before the ceremony.

At the in​terview

Both bride and groom must provide their original Birth Certificates or 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.

The marriage ceremony

Arrive on ti​me

One journey shared by twoIt'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 bride and groom and their guests observe a standard of dress appropriate to the occasion.

Wedding vows

  • The bride and groom sign declarations that they are over the age of 18 years, not legally married to someone else and are not directly related to each other.
  • They then exchange marriage vows, for example, do you take this man/woman to be your lawful husband/wife? They may also exchange wedding rings, if desired.
  • The Certificate of Marriage is signed by the bride, groom and 2 witnesses; and then presented to the husband and wife.

You will ​need two witnesses

  • The Registry does not supply witnesses. Bride and groom must arrange for two witnesses who can speak and understand English, and are at least 18 years of age, to be present. If there are interpreters present, they must be independent of the witnesses. Ensure two witnesses are arranged as the marriage cannot take place without them.

Arrange an inte​rpreter if needed

  • The Registry does not supply interpreters. If either partner has difficulty speaking or understanding English, please ensure you have an interpreter present for the ceremony. If agreed at your initial interview that an interpreter is required, then the parties must arrange for this, otherwise the ceremony cannot take place.