You must complete the Notice of Intended Marriage and lodge it with an Authorised Celebrant no less than one month before the date you wish to get married. There are exceptions which require you to apply for a Shortening of Time. You can discuss this with me if required.
Yes! In Australia, the law has been changed to allow marriage equality and same sex couples can now get married. Love is love and I am delighted to be able to marry any two people to each other.
You can get married just about anywhere in WA! Back gardens, parks, beaches, restaurants and so many other beautiful venues. Some of these will require permission from the local government, which I will help you to find out about.
To complete your Notice of Intended Marriage, you will need to show me your Birth Certificate and a form of Photo ID like your passport or driver's licence. If you do not have these documents, there are other ways to prove your identity which you can discuss with me. If you have been married before, you will be required to show me evidence that you have received an annulment or divorce or that your previous spouse has passed away.
No! You can only be be married to one person at any one time and you can only have one legal marriage to that person unless you have been divorced and are remarrying. If you have had a legal marriage ceremony overseas, then you will not be able to have a legal marriage ceremony in Australia. You will be able to have a Renewal of Vows or Commitment Ceremony in Australia if you wish. If you are in doubt as to the legality of your overseas marriage, you should discuss it me.
At least one of the people getting married has to be over the age of 18 to get married. If one of the people getting married is under 18, then permission will be required from the person's parents and/or a court to proceed with the marriage. Under no circumstances can two people under the age of 18 get married in Australia.
Just about! There are some legally required words that must be said in order for your marriage to be legal in Australia - I must introduce myself by my full name and say I am an Authorised Marriage Celebrant. I must also say the Monitum (a reminder that marriage is legally binding) and you must each say your Legal Vows:
I call upon/ask the people/persons here present
to witness that I <Name>
take thee/you <Name>
to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/partner
Other than that, you can choose whatever words you wish to be included in your wedding ceremony.
Yes. If you want your marriage to be legal in Australia, you must be married by a Civil Celebrant or Religious Celebrant who is registered with the Attorney-General of Australia. To check that your celebrant is registered, go to https://marriage.ag.gov.au/ - you'll find me on there under Lisa Webb in WA! I am a Civil Celebrant but am happy to include prayers, blessings or rituals in your ceremony that relate to your faith.
Yes. You can get married on any day including Easter, Christmas Day, Anzac Day depending on the availability of your chosen celebrant and venue. I am available for ceremonies on nearly every day of the year so just ask me if I available for you! If I am not, I shall recommend some other amazing celebrants to you.
Yes. Anyone can perform your ceremony and I am happy to work with your friend or family member in a 'Tag Team Ceremony'! If it is a legal marriage ceremony, then you must have an Authorised Celebrant (me!) to say the Monitum, witness your Legal Vows and sign your certificates. Don't forget that you must have completed a Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before your marriage ceremony. You can have this witnessed by me, another authorised celebrant or any other authorised person which includes GPs and Police Officers. You must lodge your NOIM with me at least one month before your ceremony.
If I am sick or injured and unable to conduct your ceremony, I will arrange for another celebrant to step in for me. I have trusted people that know how to sort this out at short notice so do not worry!
If one of you is sick or injured and cannot proceed with the ceremony or you wish to reschedule for any reason, simply contact me at the earliest opportunity and we will work together to sort everything out. If your ceremony has to be postponed because of circumstances beyond your control, we will work together to sort it out. See my Client Services Agreement for all the details.
You can find details of my ceremony options and fees on the Ceremonies and Fees page.
No matter which ceremony you choose, your ceremony will be just as special and unique as you want it to be.
When a person gets married in Australia, they can:
a) take their partner’s last name to replace their own last name
b) keep their last name
c) hyphenate their last names
Both Parties to a marriage have the same name change option regardless of their gender.
On your wedding day, you are welcome to start using your new last name, change it on Facebook and other social media platforms, but you won’t have any formal identification yet. I will send you instructions to get your Legal Marriage Certificate and change your name after your wedding.
You can change your surname name to an entirely different last name, but if it is not one of the options detailed above, then you would need to go through a legal name change process via the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in the state or territory you were born in.
If both of you decide that you want to change to an entirely new last name, it’s easiest for one of you to legally change your surname before the wedding, then after the wedding, the other person can use their Legal Marriage Certificate from the Registry to change their last name.
You can access the Attorney-General’s Code of Practice for Celebrants here: