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Civil Marriage

civil celebrantCivil marriage or a civil wedding ceremony is a marriage that is recognised, performed and recorded by a government official and does not involve a religious organisation. Civil marriages can be performed in Victoria or any other state or territory in Australia, but you first need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM). You must lodge the NOIM with your chosen civil celebrant at least one month before your chosen wedding date, but no more than 18 months before.

The beauty of having a civil ceremony as opposed to a religious ceremony is you can do whatever you like! There are 124 legally required words and three documents that need to be signed during the ceremony, but otherwise the entire thing is up to your imagination; but don’t worry, I provide you with lots of resources and suggestions of possible inclusions for your ceremony.

Civil marriage ceremonies are carried out under the guidance of a civil celebrant and costs vary for each. View fees here.

Based in Melbourne, I am a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants, contact me here.

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