Your Checklist for the first interview:

Lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)

At least one month before the ceremony, you need to lodge with me a Notice of Intended Marriage.

  • The NOIM is usually completed AT THE FIRST INTERVIEW with my assistance. I will supply the official NOIM form.
  • The NOIM remains valid for up to 18 months.
  • If you are unsure of a date for their ceremony, this can be done later on.

At the interview

  • Both bride and groom must provide their original Birth Certificates or passport.
  • If you have been previously married, you must provide evidence of the termination of the marriage in the form of an original of your final divorce papers or a Death Certificate (if you have been widowed).
  • All documents must include the originals, and if not in English then a NAATI qualified interpreter must have translated them.
  • The Marriage Ceremony date and time will be booked once all the documents have been provided, or where these are awaiting receipt (eg decree absolut, or Change of Name certificate are pending arrival) once it is clear that they will arrive in time to be viewed by the celebrant well before the ceremony.

If you cannot lodge the NOIM in person it can be lodged by post, however, in order to confirm the arrangements, an interview in person will still be required, with sufficient time to view and verify original documents of both parties. Generally this means that

  • couples in Australia must attend an interview at least 10 working days before the ceremony,
  • couples overseas must attend an interview at least 5 working days before the ceremony.