Getting Married in Victoria

Getting Married in Victoria

As this is our first post, let’s take it right back to the beginning. Before getting married in Victoria there are a few things you need to think about.

Can you get married in Victoria?

If you are eighteen or older, and not currently married, things are simple for you. If you’re younger than eighteen but over sixteen it’s not so easy but there are some circumstances under which you can marry, for more details please see here.

You do not have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident to marry in Australia.

Are there restrictions on who you can marry?

You may not marry a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild or sibling. You may not marry someone under sixteen.

Sadly, Australia does not yet recognise the right of same-sex couples to marry. The law still defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

What paperwork do you need before getting married in Victoria?

You must fill in a Notice of Intended Marriage form (NOIM) and lodge it with your chosen celebrant, minister or registrar. This should be done at least one month (but no more than eighteen months) prior to your wedding date. You can download the NOIM form here.  If you need help with the form your celebrant will be able to assist you. The form can be completed and witnessed outside of Australia if need be.

Your celebrant will require evidence of your identity, place and date of birth, and the end of any previous marriages. You may need to complete a statutory declaration.

Who can perform a marriage ceremony?

A registered civil marriage celebrant or an authorised minister of religion. Civil marriage services can also be provided by authorised registrars in some regional courts.

Do you need witnesses when getting married in Victoria?

You need to have two witnesses when getting married in Victoria. Your witnesses must also sign the marriage certificate.

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As of publication the information contained in this post is correct. Please see official sources for the most up-to-date details. For more info on getting married in Victoria please see the links below.