Valentine's Day Weddings

Image of wedding ringWednesday, 14 February 2018

[Issued: Monday, 16 October 2017]

SPECIAL OFFER

Each couple who marries at the Registry on Valentines' Day, receives a FREE Commemorative Marriage certificate (value $25) when ordering a Standard Marriage certificate.

You can rest assured that we will look after all the legal requirements, from ceremony to certificate. We guarantee that when you marry on Valentine's Day, you will always have an unforgettable wedding anniversary date!

​Planning ahead

Getting married on Valentine's Day is a romantic way to to add excitement to your ceremony without a great deal of fuss. We provide the vows and the ceremony takes around 20 minutes with extra time for photos. 

You have until Friday, 12 January 2018 to lodge your Notice of Marriage to get married on Valentine's Day! Phone for an appointment on 13 77 88. You will need to complete 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. Penalties include imprisonment and/or fines of up to $500 and $1,000 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).

Keeping it affordable 

Costs below include the Fee to Lodge Notice of Intended Marriage ($162); and issue of a Standard Marriage Certificate ($56).

Cost of a ​Registry Wedding (including GST) $AUD
Marriages during business hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. $204 ceremony fee is included.$422
Marriages by special arrangement: Friday 6pm to 8pm, or weekend. $315 ceremony fee is included.$533

Credit card surcharge: 1.4% for AMEX and 0.4% for Mastercard or Visa.

Cancellations        

  • 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 $105 applies to transfer the NOIM to an external celebrant.

Intimate and inviting

We offer a variety of locations for your marriage ceremony...

Sy​dney RegistryChippendale marriage room

  • Address details at: Registry Office locations.
  • Where there is a high demand, we will also book a nearby venue.
  • Times: spots available throughout the day.
  • Guests: up to 12 people.

Sydney (additional venue)

Get married at our stunning new venue

  • Bathed in natural light, the Handpicked Cellar Door is a stylish alternative.
  • We can can organise your wedding ceremony here for an extra $120.
  • Guests: up to 30 people

Parra​mattaParramatta marriage room

  • Address details at: Registry Office locations
  • Times: spots available throughout the day

  • Guests: up to 24 people indoors (plus an outside garden)

Wollo​ngong

  • Novotel Northbeach WollongongAddress: Sage Hotel, Wollongong
  • Times: spots available at the middle of the day
  • Guests: up to 20 people

 

To book phone 13 77 88

Lodge your Notice by Friday, 12 January 2018                

  • Both the bride and groom must visit the Registry in person.
  • The Notice remains valid for up to 18 months.

To lodge a Notice in person

  • At Parramatta Registry, no appointment is required for a marriage interview.
  • At Sydney Registry, an appointment is preferred.
  • At Wollongong, please phone for an appointment which is essential. 

To lodge a Notice by post

Please phone the Registry if you are unable to lodge your Notice in person. In order to confirm arrangements, an interview in person will still be required and couples must attend an interview 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 time can be confirmed once all documents are provided.

On the day of the ceremony  

Arrive on ti​me

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.

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.