COVID-19 Advice @ 3-2-21
The venue you hold a wedding at must apply the two square metre rule. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend a wedding is determined by the size of the venue. The two square metre rule applies only if electronic record keeping is used. Otherwise, the four square metre rule applies.
There are no limits on the size of groups. The square metre rule includes the couple, the celebrant, but not the photographer or other workers such as catering staff.
A wedding held in a private residence will be limited to the members of the household and up to 15 visitors. The people required to conduct the ceremony are not included in this limit, as they are attending for the purposes of work.
Remember to provide your celebrant with a minimum of one calendar month's notice
using the Notice of Intended Marriage prior to your wedding.
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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 (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:
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.
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: