how to get married
Congratulations on your engagement!
... and buckle up for the best day of your life! You have such an exciting journey ahead and I hope to be a part of your special day.
Now I know you are busy organising everything for the big day, so to get the ball rolling and to make the lead up to your ceremony as stress free as possible I have put together a checklist that outlines all the administrative details associated with ‘getting married’. All you have to do is follow the steps listed below and remember I will be here to help every step of the way.
Let’s catch up
I want to get to know you so let’s book in a time to meet. I am looking forward to hearing more about you and the type of ceremony that you would like for your perfect day. During our meeting I will outline the legal process involved with marriage. Please bring along some photo ID and your birth certificates so that we can lodge your NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage).
Yes, there is homework but don’t worry it’s the fun kind. This is all about making your ceremony as fun and personalised as possible. I’ll send you some inspiration and ideas following our catch up so we can start putting together your ideal ceremony. Things to consider when planning your ceremony include, your vows, any readings, your ring statements and your choice of ceremony music.
Before the big day
I will send you a draft copy of your ceremony script for you to review, please let me know if there is anything you would like changed. I also really encourage couples to have a rehearsal. Rehearsals can be quite casual and they do not need to be held at the wedding venue. This is a great opportunity to calm any wedding day nerves, make any final amendments to your ceremony and review all of your paperwork.
Your wedding day!
The big day has arrived and it’s time to get married! I will be at your venue 30 minutes prior to the commencement of your wedding to assist with welcoming your guests. During your ceremony you and your witnesses will sign your marriage certificates.
After your wedding
I will take care of all remaining paperwork and submit it to the Births Deaths and Marriages Registry. Along with your wedding paperwork I will also submit your application for your Official Marriage Certificate, this is the document that is used for changing surnames.