Valentine's Day weddings

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

[Issued: Monday, 11 December 2017]

​Book a Valentine's Day wedding

You have until Friday, 12 January 2018 to lodge your Notice of Marriage to get married on Valentine's Day! ​Contact us to arrange a marriage interview:

You will need to complete these forms:

Special offer... Each couple who has a Registry wedding on Valentine's Day, receives a FREE Commemorative Marriage certificate (value $25) when ordering a Standard Marriage certificate.

Location, location, location

Valentine's Day is a romantic way to to add excitement to your ceremony. We provide the vows and it all takes around 20 minutes with extra time for photos. We are now offering more locations to choose from than ever before... you can even get married on Sydney Harbour! Plus an unforgettable wedding anniversary date!

NEW! Manly Ferry

  • Get married on the iconic Manly Ferry

  • Times: spots available throughout the day
  • Book your Manly Ferry wedding for an extra $150
  • Guests: up to 20 people

Chippendale marriage roomSy​dney Registry

  • 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)


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

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
Get married on the Manly ferry (only on Valentine's Day). Includes $354 ceremony fee. $572

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


  • Charges may apply, page 5: Refunds Policy - PDF
  • 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.

Doing the paperwork

Lodge your Notice by Friday, 12 January 2018 

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

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 partners 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

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 wedding party and their 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 marriage vows. They may also exchange wedding rings, if desired.
  • The Certificate of Marriage is signed by both partners and 2 witnesses; and then presented to the 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. 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).