Here's some simple answers to questions I'm often asked.
More detailed information can be found here:
HOW SOON CAN WE GET MARRIED?
In Australia, you are (usually) required to contact your chosen Civil Celebrant,
signing a 'Notice of Intended Marriage' at least one calendar month prior to your marriage.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO WE NEED TO GET MARRIED?
The Bride and Groom must each show their birth certificate and driver's licence
(or other official photo ID) to their Celebrant or Religious Minister.
Alternatively, you may present your passport.
It is best to have both your birth certificate and passport.
WHAT IF MY PARTNER DOESN'T SPEAK FLUENT ENGLISH?
The government requires you to use a qualified translator for the documents and interpreter for the wedding. I am experienced in marrying couples where one partner doesn't speak fluent English.
To find the closest translator/interpreter near you, go to:
WHAT NAME DO I USE TO SIGN MY MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?
You are advised to use the name you have on your passport.
However, you may choose to use your maiden name or previous married name.
You must use the same name in all of your documents.
HOW DO I OBTAIN MY OFFICIAL MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?
It is your responsibility to apply for this certificate either in person or on-line.
You can apply for your marriage certificate any time after your wedding. However, you won't receive it until after BDM have processed the documents.
I use the Births, Deaths and Marriages on-line facility, which notifies me when your official certificate has been processed. I then inform you that you marriage certificate is ready.
DO I HAVE TO CHANGE MY NAME AFTER MARRIAGE?
No you don't.
HOW DO I CHANGE MY NAME AFTER MY MARRIAGE?
Once your marriage has been registered, you may either keep the same surname, change it to your partner's name, or the two of you can use a hyphenated name combining both surnames.
For names other than these, you need to change your name by deed poll.
Changing your name on your passport:
Changing your name on your driver's licence: