LODGE YOUR NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE WITH US FOR FREE
In Sydney right now, many couples want to wait until there is more certainty around what they can and can’t do when it comes to their weddings. If that’s you, we want to help you out by taking lodgement of your Notice of Intended Marriage form without charging a cent or locking you into any agreement with us. It’s completely obligation-free. This means that when restrictions ease and you’re allowed to wed, you don’t have to wait the one month notice period to get married. Provided your vendors and witnesses are available, you could technically get married that day (Vegas style!) within current restrictions. Simply get in touch and we make plans for your ceremony.
What is a Notice of Intended Marriage?
In Australia a couple has to give at least one month’s notice of their intention to marry by completing a Notice of Intended Marriage form, having it witnessed by a prescribed authority and lodging it with their celebrant. It’s a sensible system, but doesn’t allow for much spontaneity. And if there’s one thing couples need at the moment, it’s the ability to be flexible.
The good news is that when you do lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage, it is not linked to any one particular date. Instead it is valid any day from one month after it is lodged and for up to 18 months from the date it is lodged. For example, if you lodge your Notice on the 25th January you can be married any date from the 25th February of the same year up to the 25th July the following year. That means you can in fact lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage and begin your one month notice period without having made any plans for your wedding whatsoever.
This is great news for couples planning simple celebrations that can be organised in a matter of weeks (or days even!) – exactly the type of ceremonies that we at Weekday Wedded Bliss specialises in.
HOW IT WORKS
- Complete your Notice of Intended Marriage (but don’t sign it).
Be sure to read the field names and instructions carefully. Get in touch with us if you have any questions. Please note that a new Notice of Intended Marriage form was introduced on 1st September 2021 (see link below). You must use this form. If you use the old version of the form (maybe you downloaded and completed it awhile ago) your celebrant won’t be able to accept it and you’ll have to start all over again.
DOWNLOAD NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE
- Get your signatures witnessed by a prescribed authority (a person who is an authorised witness).
Authorised witnesses are listed above the signature section on page 4 of the form.
- Scan or take a (good quality) photo of your form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Notice of Intended Marriage will be recorded as lodged as of the date stamp on your email (provided there are no errors in the information) and we will send you a receipt of lodgement.
- Once you’re ready to wed simply get in touch to discuss your plans.
You can choose one of our package options or create your own custom package.
Once lodged, we’ll hold onto your Notice of Intended Marriage until we hear from you or until the 18 months is up.
And if for whatever reason we’re not available to perform your ceremony on your chosen date your Notice of Intended Marriage can easily be transferred to another celebrant for which we charge a small administration and transfer fee of $250.
You’ve got nothing to lose!
Submit your Notice of Intended Marriage with us today.
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