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With all the costs of getting married, we offer an affordable option popular with couples seeking a fuss free experience. We provide the vows and the ceremony takes around 15 to 20 minutes. We look after all the legal requirements, from ceremony to certificate. 

SPECIAL PROMOTION: ask about our wedding packages for 18/8/18

​Book a Registry wedding

​Contact us to arrange a marriage interview

At your marriage interview

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:

Lodging your Notice   

  • Both partners 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 an interview. At Sydney Registry, an appointment is preferred. At Wollongong, an appointment is essential. 

To lodge a Notice by post

  • Let us know 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.

Identification requirements

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.

Find out our fees

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.

Choose a location

Sy​dney Registry

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

Sydney (Wine Bar)

Get married at our stunning new venue - Handpicked Cellar Door

  • Bathed in natural light, this is a stylish alternative in the heart of Central Park.
  • After your ceremony, relax with wine and cheese
  • Alternate Fridays (extra $120 venue fee)
  • Guests: up to 20 people.

Sydney (Spice House)

Unique and quirky venue in vibrant Spice Alley [PDF 350kb]

  • Available alternate Thursdays from 10am (extra $120 venue fee).
  • After your ceremony, relax with an Asian or Italian banquet in Spice Alley or nearby. You can ask us about catering packages at these restaurants: Kyo-toVietHoly DuckMekong or Olio Kensington Street
  • Guests: up to 20 people.

Parra​matta

  • Parramatta marriage roomAddress details at: Registry Office locations
  • Monday to Friday (9:00am - 4:00pm)
  • 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​ngong

Various local venues in Wollongong [PDF 650kb]

  • (extra $120 venue fee) including: Sage Hotel Wollongong;
    Old Wollongong Courthouse; Novotel Northbeach Wollongong; Pepe's on the Beach.
  • Wednesday and Friday (10:30am - 2:30pm)
  • 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. ​

The wedding 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 wedding party and guests observe a standard of dress appropriate to the occasion.

Wedding vows

  • Both partners 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 vows, for example, do you wish to take (Name) as your spouse in marriage? They may also exchange wedding rings, if desired.
  • The Certificate of Marriage is signed by both partners and two witnesses; and then presented to the married couple..   

You will ​need two witnesses

  • The Registry does not supply witnesses. The couple 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.

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 42(8)(b).