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GETTING MARRIED IN AUSTRALIA

In Australia, marriage is regulated by the Marriage Act 1961, which sets out the process for getting married and the legal requirements of a valid marriage. 

One of the first things you should have on the top of your list is to find an authorised civil marriage celebrant, you'll need them to guide you through the process and take care of all your legal documents, certificates, and register your marriage.

Finding the right celebrant for your special day could be a tricky task but today might be your lucky day because you've just discovered Johan the Sydney Marriage Celebrant & Professional MC. 

Although the office located at postcode 2221 servicing Kyle Bay, Blakehurst, Oatley, Allawah, Rockdale, Hurstville, Connells Point, Brighton Le Sands, Bankstown areas, Johan is also one of the highest ranking Celebrants and professional MC in the Sutherland Shire, Southern Highlands, and Kangaroo Valley (and loves to get around).

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HOW TO GET MARRIED IN AUSTRALIA EXPLAINED STEP BY STEP AND YOUR CELEBRANT WILL TAKE CARE OF IT ALL!

1: A completed Notice of Intended Marriage form must be given to your celebrant at least one month (and up to 18 months) before the wedding.

2: You and your partner must provide your celebrant with evidence of your date and place of birth, identity and the end of any previous marriages.

 

3: You must both sign the ‘Declaration of no legal impediment

to marriage’. By signing the Declaration, you declare that you believe that you are of marriageable age, and that there is no legal impediment to your marriage.

 

4: On your wedding day, your celebrant will solemnise your marriage. Your celebrant will then ask you, your partner and your witnesses to sign up to three marriage certificates.

 

5: After your wedding, your marriage celebrant will register

the marriage with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the State or Territory where your marriage took place.

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SOME IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN GETTING MARRIED

Health and welfare benefits

If you receive health or welfare benefits, you will need to contact the relevant agencies to advise them that you have married. These agencies will advise you if your benefits will change. You may lose benefits and even be penalised if you fail to tell them you have married within a reasonable time after the wedding.

Changing your name

Any person who marries may choose to take their spouse’s surname. You are not legally required to take your spouse’s surname once you are married.

If you wish to take your spouse’s surname, you must obtain a certificate of marriage issued by your state or territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This is usually sufficient evidence to have your personal documentation (eg. driver’s licence) changed to your married surname.

The certificate you received on your wedding day is ceremonial and will not meet the identity requirements of many government agencies, such as the passport office.

 

Citizenship

If you marry an Australian citizen, you do not have an automatic right to Australian citizenship. You will still need to apply for citizenship and satisfy   the eligibility criteria. You can obtain further information from the  Department of Home Affairs website at www.homeaffairs.gov.au

 

Making a will

Marriage will invalidate any previous wills unless your will clearly shows you were planning this marriage when you made it.

It is important that you make a new will when your personal circumstances change. This ensures that you have a valid will that gives effect to your intentions about how you want your assets to be distributed in the event of your death. A solicitor can help you make or change a will.

 

Taxation after marriage

When you marry, the amount of taxation you pay may change. It is advisable to contact the Australian Taxation Office, a tax agent or an accountant before marriage to discuss any tax implications.

WHAT DOES A WEDDING CELEBRANT COST 

It’s more important that you lock in the right celebrant that suits your ceremony than it is to try and save $50 or $100 booking the cheapest celebrant. After all, you don’t get married everyday. 

Think of your celebrant as your legal representative, because they are the ones responsible for making your marriage legal. A celebrant’s fees can vary (depending on the work detailed) and are booked out very quickly so locking in your celebrant may be one of the first things you should do.

WHAT DOES A WEDDING MC COST

The important role of an MC is to run the formalities of your reception with every department from liaising with the venue (food and bar staff), run times of speeches, guests seating, video/photographer, and all entertainment booked etc. They are there to ensure a smooth running of your entire reception for you, so won’t have to worry about anything, you just continue to enjoy your special day and night.

HOW MUCH DO WEDDINGS COST AND HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND SAVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP

Weddings can become expensive. Booking a wedding celebrant that is also a professional MC could be your answer to meet your wedding budget.
Contact Johan the Sydney Marriage Celebrant & Professional MC  to check availability and  arrange a face to face meeting (obligation free). You will always receive the highest level of professionalism, friendly, reliable service, discreet, and respectful.​

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