[Issued: Friday, 7 October 2016]
On this page:
Valentine's Day is a romantic day for couples to start their new journey together. The special date adds excitement to a marriage ceremony without a great deal of fuss. In NSW, one in ten couples are choosing a Registry marriage as a personal, intimate and affordable option. We provide the vows and the ceremony takes around 20 minutes with extra time for photos. You can rest assured that we will look after all the legal requirements, from ceremony to certificate.
You have until
Friday, 13 January 2017 to lodge your Notice of Marriage to get married on Valentine's Day! To apply, phone for an appointment on
13 77 88. You will need to complete 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. Penalties include imprisonment and/or fines of up to $500 and $1,000 for such offences as:
Valentine's Day Marriage (Tuesday, 14 February 2017).
We offer a variety of locations for your marriage ceremony...
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 time can be confirmed once all documents are 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.