So what needs to be done if you plan to marry early in the new year?
- The first thing you must do is lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage with a registered Marriage Celebrant. The Celebrant will usually help you to complete the form so it would be a good idea to find a celebrant you like now. To complete this form you will need:
- Proof of date and place of birth. The usual documents are either a birth certificate or passport.
- Photo ID. The best forms of ID are current Drivers Licence or Proof of Age card.
- If you have been married before you will need proof that the marriage has ended in the form of either (a) your previous spouse's death certificate, or (b) divorce certificate.
- You will also need to provide the full names of both parents of both parties to the marriage, their place of birth, and whether they are living or deceased.
- The next thing you should do is decide on a location for your wedding and book it as soon as possible. If you plan to marry in a public place such as a beach or park you may need to book it with the local council.
- You should bear in mind that a lot of wedding and reception venues are booked a year ahead, so if marrying soon is important for you think about a Monday-Friday wedding rather than a weekend. It will probably be easier to find a Celebrant for a mid-week wedding as well.