The Victorian Marriage Registry offers elegant ceremonies at Melbourne's Old Treasury Building.

Our celebrants conduct civil ceremonies, ensure compliance and legal requirements, and prepare vows and declarations for stating on your wedding day.

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Old Treasury Building

The venue

All ceremonies take place at the heritage-listed Old Treasury Building on the corner of Spring and MacArthur streets, in the heart of Melbourne.

The venue is next door to the Treasury Gardens and is ideal for photographs. It's also close to city restaurants, bars and hotels for celebrations after your ceremony.

The rooms

There are two ceremony rooms to choose from. Both are beautifully furnished with period-styled furniture and decorated with flowers and artwork (including prints kindly loaned by Port Jackson Press).

Room viewing times: 12.30–1.30pm every Thursday (excluding public holidays).

Margaret Craig room

  • Perfect for ceremonies with friends and families
  • Accommodates up to 55 guests
  • Option to walk down the aisle.

Margaret Craig room

Thomas Hyde room

  • Perfect for intimate ceremonies
  • Accommodates up to eight guests
  • Doesn't accommodate walking down the aisle.

Thomas Hyde room

The ceremony

BDM's service includes a celebrant. Our team of celebrants provide a professional and warm ceremony.

Wedding ceremonies

There are two different ceremonies:

Depending on the service you choose, the ceremony will take between 10 and 20 minutes.

Ceremonies can take place on weekdays or weekends.

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Personalising your ceremony

If you book the standard ceremony, you're welcome to incorporate your own vows, reading and music. Email your preferences to (External link) at least two weeks before your ceremony.

  • Your personal vows can't be more than 150 words and must include "I call upon the people here present to witness that I (Name) take you (Name) to be my lawful wedded (wife/husband/spouse)".
  • You may provide a short reading or poem (no more than 150 words) to be read by a family member or friend.
  • The venue has a CD player, headphone and Bluetooth connectivity. You may choose any as per your preference. We do however recommend a CD as it is much simpler and easier to operate.
  • A ring ceremony is optional. (You need to supply your own rings and ring cushions.)


You're legally required to have two witnesses at your ceremony to witness and sign the marriage certificate.


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Can be a friend or family member
  • Don't need to be Australian Citizens
  • Don't have to provide proof of identity documents.

The Registry doesn't provide witnesses.


All ceremonies are in English. If either of you don't speak or understand English, you'll need to provide an interpreter.

The interpreter:

  • Can't be a family member
  • Can't sign as a witness to the marriage
  • Must be arranged before the ceremony.

If you're going to use an interpreter, notify us beforehand.

We don't provide or organise interpreters. If you need help finding an interpreter, contact the Translating and Interpreter Service (TIS)  (External link)

If an interpreter is needed but isn't at the ceremony, the ceremony can't go ahead. Full re-booking fees apply.


Find out more about Wedding ceremony fees.

What does your fee include?

Your ceremony fee includes:

Includes Doesn't include

Tick markRoom booking

Tick markCelebrant

Tick markLegal marriage ceremony

tick markCommemorative marriage certificate

Cross markWitnesses

cross markInterpreters

cross markRings

cross markStandard (official) marriage certificate.

Once your marriage is registered, you can apply for a standard marriage certificate from BDM.