If you are planning to wed your best friend, the COVID-19 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria is outlined below.
According to the Victorian Government & Chief Health Officer:
Metropolitan Melbourne continues further lockdown from 11.59pm, Thursday, 9 September and estimated until 23 September 2021.
A stay-at-home curfew is now in place. Between 9:00pm and 5:00am, you cannot leave your home (or the home of your intimate partner or bubble buddy) other than for limited reasons, including:
health and medical purposes
care and support of a child or someone with special needs
in an emergency or to escape harm
Outside of curfew hours, you cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:
shopping for necessary goods and services
caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
exercise (once a day for 2 hours)
to get a COVID-19 vaccination
Regional Victoria, from 11:59pm Thursday 9 September, coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in regional Victoria, except for Greater Shepparton.
When out of lockdown, also note, that the Government regulations include children as part of the guests invited. However, each state has different regulations, so you need to make sure what the regulations and laws are in the state where you are getting married. For more information on the Victorian Government regulations and current information, follow this link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
During Stages allowing Weddings/Legal's/all ceremonies to be conducted, the social distancing rules that will apply during each ceremony:
Please be assured that if you have appointed me as your Celebrant, my policy is to stay safe and protected at all times!
I am committed to ensure that you, your witnesses and guests are also safe and protected at all times. I am also committed to practice good hygiene.
My COVID-19 policy is:
You can be married one calendar month from the date your Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) is signed with your celebrant.
You can get married only under exceptional circumstances. To get married less than one month after signing your NOIM form with your celebrant, you must be granted a shortening of the statutory notice period by a prescribed authority such as the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM). Registrars and Deputy Registrars (in your State) can also grant shortenings. As a Prescribed Authority, BDM will only consider your application if you:
You will also need to pay a non-refundable shortening fee.
Although BDM will consider a shortening application if you meet the above requirements, you may not be granted the shortening if BDM is not satisfied with your application.
If your Fiance/Partner/Spouse does not speak English, an interpreter will be necessary. You must source the interpreter and they must be authorised and independent. Prior to your marriage, your celebrant must receive a statutory declaration by the interpreter stating he/she understands and is able to converse in the language/s required. Your celebrant can provide the necessary statutory declaration for you to take to your interpreter.
Immediately after the ceremony the interpreter must give the authorised celebrant a certificate of the faithful performance of his or her services as interpreter. The certificate must be in the prescribed form. Your celebrant will be able to provide the prescribed form.
Absolutely, however there are a couple of compulsory elements that must be included in order for you to be legally married. These are the Monitum (which authorises the celebrant to solemnise your marriage according to Australian law); set words that you both must repeat after the celebrant, in the presence of at least two witnesses; and the signing of the legal documentation. Apart from these, you have complete control, including the order of your ceremony.
Yes this is possible. Witnesses can be any person who is at least 18 years of age. It can be a family member or a friend, or even a complete stranger. However, you must have two witnesses attend your wedding ceremony, to witness the ceremony and sign the Marriage Certificates.
On your wedding day you will receive a decorative certificate known as the “Marriage Certificate”. This certificate is decorative and only for your own records. It is NOT a legal document, and it is not acceptable as proof of marriage for official purposes such as updating/changing your driver’s licence or passport to your married name.
If you will be updating/changing your name, you must apply for an official Marriage Certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages in your State as official proof of marriage.
As your Commitment ceremony is not legally recognised in Australia, you will not be issued with an official Marriage Certificate by Births Deaths and Marriages. After your ceremony, you should contact Births Deaths and Marriages in your State to complete and lodge an Application to Register a Change of Name. You will then be issued with a Change of Name Certificate. This can be used to change all your identification documents.
That’s a difficult one, but your ‘gut feeling’ is a good guide. Always ask yourself:
It is recommended that you hold a rehearsal close to your wedding day. This enables potential problems to be identified and participants to know their role, helping to ensure your ceremony will run smoothly. While it is often advisable, it is not always necessary for the rehearsal to be held at your venue.
Absolutely. Your celebrant will help you find and/or write the vows and will create a ceremony which reflects your wishes. Please note that Australian law imposes minor inclusions in the ceremony wording, which a celebrant has no say over. Please refer to “Can we write our own wedding ceremony” above.
Yes this is possible, but not if the second ceremony is represented as “your wedding”. It is illegal to do this. The alternative is that you can have a civil ceremony with some religious observance, or that the second ceremony be presented as a celebratory event with family and friends in which you re-affirm the vows previously taken.
Yes they can. In fact anyone can, so long as they are at least 18 years of age. However, they are unable to deliver the compulsory legal elements that must be included in order for you to be legally married. These are: the Monitum (which authorises the celebrant to solemnise your marriage according to Australian law); set words that you both must repeat after the celebrant, in the presence of at least two witnesses; and the signing of the legal documentation. The celebrant must be present.
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