Giving Notice of your Intention to Marry

 
by Jennifer Cram   5 February 2019  |
Notice of Intended MarriageTo be legally married in Australia you are required to give a clear calendar month's notice of your intended marriage. But what does that mean, precisely?

There is so much inaccurate information out there, but it is very simple. Here are the facts:

  1. If you give Notice on a certain date, the first date on which you can be legally married is the same date the following month - as long as there is one. If there isn't, you have to skip to the first day of the following month. So if you give notice on 28 February, you can marry on 28 March. But if you gave notice on 30 January, you can't marry until 1 March, because there is no 30 February.
  2. You have to give Notice on the official form - the Notice of Intended Marriage
  3. You give notice by giving a completed, signed, and witnessed form to your celebrant. (Hint: your celebrant can witness your signatures - but so can a few other people, including a JP or Police Officer)
  4. Giving notice is referred to as lodging the Notice - that just means giving the form to your celebrant. (Hint: you can lodge your Notice by scanning and emailing it, but you need to give the original paper form to your celebrant before you can be married)
  5. The Notice of Intended Marriage is valid for 18 months from the date it is lodged (not from the date it is signed, though both things often happen on the same day)