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Victorian Marriage Registry

The Victorian Marriage Registry offers civil marriage services on week ends and week days, excluding public holidays, at the historic Old Treasury Building. Situated in the heart of Melbourne, the Victorian Marriage Registry caters to a wide range of cultures, preferences and budgets. The Registry is a popular choice for couples seeking an elegant and affordable wedding ceremony.  All services are conducted by Victorian Marriage Registry celebrants employed by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.


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The Venue

Viewing times

Open every Thursday 12.30pm - 1.30pm (excluding public holidays).

Influenced by the elegant European architectural styles of the time, the Old Treasury Building is regarded as one of Australia's finest nineteenth-century buildings. The Victorian Marriage Registry is proud to offer this Heritage-listed building as your potential wedding venue.

Photo of a newly-wed couple on the steps of the Old Treasury Building, venue of the Victorian Marriage Registry

Ceremonies are held in the historic Old Treasury Building.

The Old Treasury Building is situated on the corner of Spring and MacArthur Streets, next to the Treasury Gardens, making it an ideal location for wedding photos. The Building is also close to many of Melbourne's inner-city hotels, restaurants and bars for celebrations after the ceremony.


The Victorian Marriage Registry offers couples the choice of two ceremony rooms, the Margaret Craig Room, which accommodates up to 55 guests, or the more intimate Thomas Hyde Room, which accommodates up to eight guests.

Both ceremony rooms are elegantly furnished with period-style furniture and decorated with artwork including some prints kindly loaned to the Registry by Port Jackson Press.


Photo of the Margaret Craig room at the Old Treasury Building, the larger marriage room offered by the Victorian Marriage Registry   Photo of the Thomas Hyde room at the Old Treasury Building, the smaller marriage room offered by the Victorian Marriage Registry
Margaret Craig Room
accommodates up to 55 guests.
  Thomas Hyde Room
accommodates up to 8 guests.


The Ceremony

The Registry's team of marriage celebrants provide a professional and warm wedding ceremony. 


The Victorian Marriage Registry offers two different services, either the standard or alternative marriage service.

The standard marriage service includes vows and optional reading. You can personalise your service by adding your own words to the legally required vows and including a reading (such as a favourite poem) to be read by a family member or a friend.

The Registry offers an alternative marriage service, usually conducted without readings, which is designed especially for couples who may need an interpreter or want a simple and basic ceremony.

Please send any personalised vows, readings, or special requirements to the Registry at least one week before the wedding day. You can send copies of your personalised ceremony to the Registry to . Please provide both the bride and groom's full names, the date and time of your wedding ceremony and details of any changes to the standard service. The Registry will contact you after receiving and reviewing your email.


You are welcome to bring your own music on CD, iPod or iPhone. Both rooms are equipped with hi-fi stereos. Please note, our stereos are not compatible with iPhone 5.


You must have two adult witnesses (both 18 years of age or older), who can speak and understand English, present on the day to witness the ceremony and sign the marriage certificates. Witnesses may be a family member or friend. The Registry does not provide witnesses.


The Victorian Marriage Registry's celebrants conduct all marriages in English. If either the bride or groom do not speak English, they will need to provide their own interpreter. An interpreter can not be a family member of the bride or groom.

You can contact the Translating and Interpreter Service (TIS) if you need help finding an interpreter.

You should advise the Registry if you intend to use an interpreter for the ceremony. Interpreters will need to complete a statutory declaration (declaring they speak both English and the bride or groom's language) on the day of the ceremony.

If an interpreter is required and not present on the day, the ceremony will not go ahead.


 Fees for ceremonies at the Victorian Marriage Registry


Read more information about weddings at the Victorian Marriage Registry in the Victorian Marriage Registry FAQs.