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Organising a wedding can be both an exciting and daunting time. Here is some information intended to help ease the stress and make sure your wedding day goes smoothly.
Who can get married?
In Australia any person aged 18 years or older, who is not currently married, can get married. A person who is between 16 and 18 years of age can marry, provided the other party to the marriage is at least 18 years of age. Where two people are under the age of 18 they cannot marry one another.
A person who is 16 or 17 years of age must obtain a court order from a judge or magistrate allowing the marriage, and written consent from both parents, before they can marry.
Notice of Intention to Marry (NOIM)
To get married in Victoria, or any other Australian state or territory, you need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form (NOIM) and lodge it with the celebrant, minister or registrar who will perform the marriage. You must lodge the NOIM at least one month before your chosen wedding date, but no more than 18 months before.
You can download the Notice of Intended Marriage form in PDF or DOC format from the Australian Government Attorney General's Department website, or obtain it from the celebrant or minister who will perform your marriage.
You can find more information about getting married at the Federal Attorney-General's Department (external link).
Civil celebrants and religious ministers
Marriages can be performed by a registered civil marriage celebrant or an authorised minister of religion.
You can find the register of civil marriage celebrants and religious ministers (external link) at the Federal Attorney-General's Department.
In Victoria, the Victorian Marriage Registry offers civil marriage services.
Authorised registrars in some regional courts can also offer civil marriage services. Contact your local court for further details.
There is no set fee for a wedding ceremony in Australia. You will need to confirm all costs with your celebrant or minister before booking your wedding. Fees for ceremonies at the Victorian Marriage Registry are listed online.
Find more information about getting married in Victoria in the Marriages FAQs.