Celebrant Brisbane Documents and Forms
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Neal Foster, The Brisbane Marriage Celebrant is a member of the Alliance of Celebrants Queensland Inc, Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc and The International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants
The Notice of Intended Marriage and how the process works:
I regularly get phone calls from confused people asking how the process works so here we go;
You chose a date, a time and a location / wedding venue.
You then meet with your chosen celebrant and you fill out the Notice of Intended Marriage.
The Notice of Intended Marriage needs to be lodged with your chosen celebrant - not Births Deaths and Marriages - at least one month prior to your wedding day . (read further down for more info on why)
Your celebrant will discuss with you the various different ceremony options and all of the logistics of what happens before during and after the ceremony.
You will need to provide your celebrant with your original passports or alternatively birth certificates and drivers licences plus divorce certificates, death certificates or change of name certificates if applicable.
From these, plus the Notice of Intended Marriage, your celebrant will prepare some legal documents you need to sign prior to your wedding day – normally sometime in the week leading up to your ceremony.
This can be combined with a rehearsal at the venue.
You and your celebrant would normally go over everything to do with the ceremony again at that time, how things are going to happen on the day and confirm who is doing what.
September and October followed by March and April are the busiest months of the year and it is not unusual for celebrants to have bookings 12 months in advance as many couples plan that far ahead.
The Notice of Intended Marriage only gets lodged by the couples with Births Deaths and Marriages if they want to get married at the registry office.
If a couple wants to get married anywhere else they need to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage with their chosen celebrant.
If you look at the top left hand corner of the Notice of Intended Marriage you will see a space for when and where the marriage is intended to be held and then if you look on the back of the Notice of Intended Marriage in the area to be completed by the celebrant you can see that we have to fill out when and where the marriage occurred - we cannot do this if the document has already been sent to Births Deaths and Marriages.
Often the intended date, time and location are different from the actual details of when and where the marriage took place.
These are just a few of the very common reasons why:
If the wedding was planned to be in a park, it rains and the ceremony is moved to inside the reception venue.
The bride finds out she is pregnant and either wants to bring the date forward or put the date back so that the dress fits or so religious members of the family are not upset.
The venue closes, the couples have to find another place to get married and the originally planned date was not available.
A relative, friend or one of the bridal party is unable to make the original intended date so they change it so that that person can attend.
In the case of someone coming from overseas, often they don't receive their visa in time, so the date gets put back.
So, as you can see the Notice of Intended Marriage needs to remain with your chosen celebrant until after your wedding has actually been performed.
Once the wedding has taken place your chosen celebrant completes the back of the Notice of Intended Marriage and lodges the Notice of Intended Marriage along with one of the wedding documents you sign during the ceremony with Births Deaths and Marriages and they register your marriage.
All celebrants, no matter how much they charge, are required by law to follow these steps.
Wedding Documentation And Forms
for Brisbane weddings , Gold Coast, Ipswich, Marburg, Tamborine weddings and Sunshine Coast Weddings.
If you like to be prepared you can bring the following documents with you:
Confirmation of Booking form and Booking Fee
(if not already sent to Neal)
Notice of Intended Marriage - (NOIM)
(Download below and complete it in black ink, but do not sign - signatures must be witnessed by me). This document must be received by me no later than one month prior to your wedding day.
Original Birth Certificates plus driver's licences
(If born in Australia and you don't have a passport) plus photocopies
- these are required for people born overseas and are now also acceptable for those people born in Australian (please bring photocopies plus originals)
Original Decree Nisi /Original Certificate of Divorce
(If you have been married previously) plus photocopies
As from 1 July 2002, the Family Court and Federal Magistrates Court ceased issuing separate documents for a decree nisi of dissolution of marriage and a decree absolute. They now issue a document headed "Certificate of Divorce" which contains the date of both the decree nisi and the decree absolute. This certificate is evidence of divorce for the purposes of solemnising a marriage (see section 42(10)). If you were divorced prior to that date you will need to provide a copy of the decree absolute.
Note: Photocopies of documents will not be accepted.
Original Divorce Certificate
(If you have been married previously) plus photocopies
Original Death Certificate
(If you have been married previously and your marriage ended due to the death of your partner) plus photocopies
Original Change of Name Certificate
If you have changed your name since birth
Full Names of Two Witnesses
(must be over 18 years) will be required prior to the second meeting.
Notice of Intended Marriage Form (NOIM)
The NOIM should be printed, typed or handwritten in block letters with a black pen.
The NOIM must be lodged with Neal Foster, The Marriage Celebrant no earlier than 18 months before your marriage and no later than one month before your marriage.
If you feel you have a valid reason for not being able to give one month’s notice, then you may apply for a shortening of time to a prescribed authority such as the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriage or your local magistrates court.
For more information, please contact Neal Foster, The Brisbane Marriage Celebrant
Click here to download the NOIM – Notice of Intended Marriage Form
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