You need to book your ceremony with the Victorian Marriage Registry at least one month before your intended wedding date. We recommend booking at least 3 months in advance, particularly during peak times.

Follow the steps below to make a booking.

1. Complete the Victorian Marriage Registry booking form

Complete the booking form at least one month before your wedding date.

  • Download the form
  • Use block letters and make sure your contact number and email addresses are legible.

All bookings are subject to availability. If your first three preferences aren't available, we'll contact you by email with alternatives.

2. Complete a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)

Complete the NOIM at least one month before your wedding date.

You can get a NOIM:

Note: leave the section 'Particulars to be completed by authorised celebrant' blank. We'll complete this section when we get your paperwork.

For more information, see Lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM).

3. Supply proof of identity

You and your partner will need to provide certified copies of either:

  • An official birth certificate and current photo ID (passport or driver licence)
  • A current Australian or foreign passport showing date and place of birth.

If you can't get the above documents, you'll need to complete a statutory declaration. The statutory declaration must include:

  • Why it's not possible to obtain an official birth certificate or extract
  • Where you were born (country, state and city)
  • When you were born (full date dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Your parents' full names, including mother's maiden name.

Documents in languages other than English need to be translated by a NAATI translator (External link)

4. Submit your documents

Submit your:

  • NOIM
  • Victorian Marriage Registry book form
  • Proof of identity documents
  • Credit card details for payment.

By Mail:
Victorian Marriage Registry
GPO Box 4332, MELBOURNE VIC 3001

In person:
Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM)
Ground Floor, 595 Collins Street, Melbourne
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(You don't need to make a booking to lodge your documents)

What's next

When we receive your documents, we'll check everything. If we need any more details, we'll contact you by email. Once we've verified your documents, we'll process your booking.

It generally takes 10 business days from the time we get your paperwork to make a booking.

We take full payment at the time of booking.

If you haven't received confirmation or are having difficulties with your booking, contact our Customer Service Centre or email marriageregistry@justice.vic.gov.au (External link).

Rescheduling or cancelling

Rescheduling your booking

To change the time and date of your booking, email us at marriageregistry@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) with the following details:

  • Both parties full names
  • Your daytime telephone number
  • The date and time of the booking
  • Your preferred new date and time.

If your preferred new date and time isn't available, we'll contact you by email.

An administrative fee applies, which varies depending on how much notice you give.

Cancelling your booking

To cancel your booking, email marriageregistry@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) with the following information:

  • Both parties full names
  • Your daytime telephone number
  • The date and time of your wedding.

If you cancel 45 days or more before your wedding date, you'll receive a partial refund of your booking fee (minus an administrative fee).

If you cancel your wedding less than 45 days before your wedding date, there's no refund.

For more information, see Fees