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The Role of a Civil Marriage Celebrant
A Civil Marriage Celebrant is appointed by the Australian Government’s Attorney General’s Department and is authorised to solemnise marriages anywhere in Australia in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1961.
Although, traditionally, marriages have taken place in religious establishments, Civil Marriage Celebrants offer you a professional option. A civil marriage ceremony can be as equally emotional, extremely professional and sensitive and, above all, comprise of your wishes for your special day.
Under the marriage Act 1961 there are certain obligations that you, as a couple intending to get married, must meet prior to a marriage ceremony being solemnised:
A Notice of Intended Marriage (NIM) must be lodged with your Marriage Celebrant no less than one calandar month and no more than eighteen months prior to the marriage being solemnised.
Under normal circumstances the Notice of Intended Marriage would be completed at your first meeting with your chosen celeberant, or certainly before the marriage can be solemnised and within the above requirements. You can download the NIM from the following link: Notice of Intended Marriage
The Marriage Ceremony
Marriage is an exciting time for all involved and it is always to be remembered that it is YOUR special day. It is important therefore that the Marriage Ceremony composed is one that you both want. With this in mind you are encouraged to work very closely with your Marriage Celebrant in putting together a ceremony that will always be remembered. Ceremonies can be formal, or in a relaxed informal but sincere manner.
A Civil Marriage Celebrant has certain obligations under the Marriage Act 1961 and these will be explained to you at your first meeting. Other than that the contents of the marriage ceremony is totally your choice.
Persons who are already legally married to each other cannot go through a further form of marriage ceremony to each other, and it is an offence for an authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant to purport to solemnize such a marriage.
A re-affirmation ceremony allows you to re-affirm your original marriage vows, promises and commitment to each other and can be celebrated ed for various reasons:
Simply because you want to re-affirm your love and commitment for each other.
To celebrate a special wedding anniversary.
Overseas Visitors Wishing to Marry in Australia
Regardless of nationality you are more than welcome to be married in the most beautiful country in the world, Australia.
Obviously, the marriage must comply with the Marriage Act, 1961 as previously described. There is no apparent reason why your marriage in Australia cannot be recognised within your own country, however it is advisable to talk to your own local authorities to confirm this before making arrangements.
It is important to remember that there can only be one legal marriage in Australia, any further ceremonies have to be Marriage Re-Affirmation Ceremonies.
Naming Ceremonies and Funeral Services
A name giving ceremony is an opportunity for family and friends to formally celebrate and welcome a child into the community of family and friends. This is an alternative to religious ceremonies and allows for your family to celebrate this happy occasion allowing for the young one to consider their own spiritual directions later in life.
A naming ceremony is a very special occasion where you, as parents, formally announce and acknowledge the little one’s name. It is a time when you involve God Parents and Guardians in the ceremony at the same time acknowledging the important part that grand and great-grandparents play in the lives of a small child in their developing years.
Just a Few of the Many Happy Couples I Have Married
When choosing the services of a Marriage Celebrant it is difficult to know who you are dealing with. I am more than happy to provide you with e-mail addresses for references or telephone contact numbers once my couples have approved it.
Thank you for an amazing ceremony! All my family and friends loved the light heartedness of it…it screamed”Jessica and Anthony
Keith Lammond C.M.C., J.P. Cert IV in Celebrancy Civil Marriage Celebrant Sydney.
“Stop Press” interested in training to be a marriage celebrant – go to the “Celebrant Training Page“