Valentine's Day Marriages

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

[Issued: Friday, 7 October 2016]

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    Image of wedding ringValentine'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.

    ​Planning ahead

    You have until Friday, 13 January 2017 to lodge your Notice of Marriage to get married on Valentine's Day! To app​​ly, 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

    Valentine's Day Marriage (Tuesday, 14 February 2017).

    Costs (including GST) $AUD
    ​Lodge Notice of Intent​$159
    ​Ceremony fee​$200
    ​Issue of Standard Certificate​$53
    ​Total ​$412


    Intimate and inviting

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


    • 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  


    • Address details at: Registry Office locations
    • Times: spots available throughout the day
    • Guests: up to 24 people indoors (plus an outside garden)


    • Address: Sage Hotel, Wollongong
    • Times: spots still available towards the middle of the day
    • Guests: up to 20 people

    To book phone 13 77 88

    Lodge your Notice by Friday, 13 January 2017

    • Both the bride and groom must visit the Registry in person to lodge a Notice of intended marriage.
    • The Notice of Intent 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 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.