COVID-19 & FAQ

COVID19 ADVICE: 4-08-20

1. For weddings in the Macedon Ranges and all Regional Victoria (except Mitchell Shire) the number of guests allowed at a wedding venue or restaurant remains 20 plus the Celebrant.

If you marry at home , then you are allowed to have the household , the celebrant and 5 guests.

Children are included in these numbers.

2. For Mitchell Shire, guests will be restricted to five people

(the couple, two witnesses and the Celebrant).

3. For Metropolitan Melbourne, weddings are banned unless there are compassionate circumstances.

 https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/religion-and-ceremony-restrictions-covid-19

or

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker/weddings-funerals-religions-services/vic

Couples are still required to provide their celebrant with a minimum of one calendar month's notice (using the Notice of Intended Marriage) prior to their wedding.

I am available to help you plan your wedding, complete your legal documents and conduct your ceremony. Until restrictions change, our initial meeting will be be online.

Contact me at: inspiringceremonies@gmail.com

FAQ

Here's some simple answers to questions I'm often asked. 

More detailed information can be found here:

www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/Getting-married.aspx

 

HOW SOON CAN WE GET MARRIED?

In Australia, you are (except under special circumstances)) 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/or passport and driver's licence

(or other official photo ID) to their Celebrant.

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:

https://www.naati.com.au/mynaati/PDSearch/StartNewSearch

 

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?

You may apply for this certificate either in person or on-line.

Alternatively you can ask your celebrant to pay for your certificate to be processed, printed and mailed to you by express mail. I include this service to you as part of my fee.

You can opt out of this service and pay yourself.

www.bdm.vic.gov.au/marriages-and-relationships/get-a-marriage-certificate

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.

www.bdm.vic.gov.au/changes-and-corrections/changing-your-name-after-marriage-separation-or-divorce

https://www.easynamechange.com/au/articles/Marriage-name-change-checklist/

Changing your name on your passport:

https://www.passports.gov.au/passportsexplained/theapplicationprocess/eligibilityoverview/changeofname/Pages/default.aspx

Changing your name on your driver's licence:

https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/renew-replace-or-update/update-your-details/change-of-name

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