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 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 apply for a Registry Marriage, please complete both of these forms:
Registry Marriage & Certificate application [Fillable PDF 440kb]
Notice of intended marriage form [Fillable PDF 70kb]
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:
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).
Credit card surcharge from 1 July 2016: 1.4% for AMEX and 0.4% for Mastercard or Visa.
At many courthouse locations, the local court registrar can perform marriage ceremonies.
For enquiries, view
Court locations, listing and sitting arrangements.
At least one month before the ceremony, you need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage.
To lodge a Notice in person
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:
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.
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 bride and groom and their guests observe a standard of dress appropriate to the occasion.