towards your I do
what next? (this is the serious stuff... )
There are a couple more things you will need to do, and a few more things you may wish to do, to prepare for your wedding day.
Most importantly you must complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM).
Once that’s out of the way all the boring stuff is done and you can just relax, show up on your wedding day and say “I do”…
You may also wish to plan some of the other details, like photography. We can help with that too.
But first, on with the important legal things we have to do – deadlines, rules etc…. get a cup of tea and your serious face on for a moment….
the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form
This form is a legal requirement for anyone who wishes to be married in Australia.
Please follow these steps closely.
- Enter your details into the Notice of Intended Marriage form – this is called “the NOIM”. You can save the form at any time and come back to it if you need to.If you need help completing the form please watch / listen to this video tutorial to talk you through it.
- Print the form – (in high resolution).
- Take it to an authorised witness and sign it in front of that witness. The witness must sign it too.
An authorised witness is someone who has one of the qualifications listed on the form, below the instructions, and if you are in Australia these are essentially a Justice of the Peace, Doctor, Lawyer or Police Officer.
It can’t be just anyone. It can’t be a nurse, vet or phamacist. It does not have to be the people who are the witnesses at your ceremony. It can not be a pharmscist.
If your fiancé is not in Australia at the moment, or it is otherwise not possible for you both to sign the NOIM in front of a witness, it is ok to submit it with just one party having already signed it, please let us know why only one person has signed. If the reason is valid the other party can sign it on the day of the ceremony with your celebrant as the witness.
- Scan pages 3 and 4 of the completed form and save the file with your names in the filename. Email the scan to [email protected].
The NOIM must be received at least one full month before your ceremony date. This is a strict legal requirement – no exceptions.
PLEASE ensure it is a high quality SCAN of pages 3 and 4 only. Do not send a photo.
If you need a visa letter for migration or residency purposes please mention this in your email.
If you need more time you can reschedule your ceremony appointment up to one month prior. After this time a reschedule fee of $200 applies.
- Keep the original NOIM for your records.
If you are getting married in WA or SA please bring the original on the day.
other documents to get ready
In order to get married you will need Just Married – Documents required.
You don’t need them now. And you don’t need to send them with your NOIM.
But you will need to send them to your celebrant before the ceremony (by text, at least two days before).
Please just get them ready now, so you can find or replace them in time if neccessary.
covid safety and compliance with regulations
Please ensure you Record of attendees at ceremony with you to your ceremony – list all attendees’ contact numbers. This is a government requirement.
Any government restrictions on guest numbers applicable at the time of our ceremony must be strictly adhered to – heavy fines apply for celebrants and the couple.
If you or any of your guests are diagnosed with covid 19 after the ceremony, and the ceremony may have been during the infectious period, please notify Just Married Weddings immediately.
If you are unwell or showing any symptoms of covid 19 please notify us and we will postpone your ceremony.
Our celebrants will be practising social distancing and minimising contact with you, your personal property and your guests at the ceremony.