a) Go to the booking page and select a date/time and venue for your wedding ceremony, please note that this is only penciled in at this stage, booking is confirmed once we have received paperwork and payment.
b) You need to download and print a copy of the “Notice of Intended Marriage” (NOIM) document available from Attorney-General’s website, www.ag.gov.au.
c) Fill out your personal details and then scan and email to us along with your scanned identity documents (Do not sign/witness at this stage)
Proof of Identity Requirements
We must sight a person’s original Birth Certificate, a certified copy or an extract. Where a birth certificate is not available passports are now accepted as proof of birth and identity for overseas and Australian citizens, although a birth certificate is preferable as it has a lot more information; for example parents full name and place of birth. If you don’t have or can’t find your original birth certificate you can obtain a certified copy from the Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the State or Territory in which you were born. If not providing a passport you will also need to provide photo ID. Scanned copies are accepted for the purpose of lodging the NOIM form however we must sight the originals before the ceremony on the day of the wedding or the wedding ceremony will not take place.
If either of you have been married before, we will also need certified copies of the Decree Absolute, Divorce Certificate, or your previous spouse’s Death Certificate. If you do not have this it can be obtained from the family court in the state in which you were divorced or BDM for a death certificate (there are fees associated with this.) You must send this as well with NOIM and other identity documents – again we must sight originals before the ceremony on the wedding day.
A person born overseas who does not have a birth certificate or extract, should make every effort to obtain one from his or her country of birth. In the event that this is not possible, we may sight a passport issued by the government of an overseas country, provided it shows both date and place of birth. In some cases, we may also request additional proof of identity.
a) Once we have received the NOIM form we will check for any errors and then type all the information on to a new form and return by email for your approval.
Very Important: please check all spelling and details are correct.
b) Scan the typed Notice of Intended Marriage form that I have returned to you.
c) Take the form to one of the prescribed authorities listed below, you will then sign and have your signatures witnessed.
d) Forward the signed NOIM form to us as soon as possible by scanned email or by post if you prefer: 805 Birralee Road, Westbury Tasmania 7303.We must receive at least one month before your ceremony date or you will be unable to legally marry on your chosen day.
Witnesses to NOIM Signing
The Notice must be signed in the presence of any of the following: (a) if a party signs the Notice in Australia—an authorised celebrant, a Commissioner for Declarations under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, a justice of the peace, a barrister or solicitor, a legally qualified medical practitioner, or a member of the Australian Federal Police or the police force of a State or Territory; (b) if a party signs the Notice outside Australia—an Australian Consular Officer, an Australian Diplomatic Officer, a notary public, an employee of the Commonwealth authorised under paragraph 3(c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955, or an employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorised under paragraph 3(d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955. Note: For the definitions of Australian Consular Officer and Australian Diplomatic Officer, see section 2 of the Consular Fees Act.
Once we have received your Notice of Intended Marriage form, together with your $395.00, we will send a confirmation email. We will also send a sample ceremony, with the legal component in red and a number of options to personalise your ceremony.
Account name: Simple Marriage Ceremonies Tasmania
Bank: Heritage Isle Credit Union
Account No: 40002 8646
Reference: Your last name
Step 4 – On the day of the ceremony
You must bring the following on the day or the ceremony can not take place.
We need to sight:
- The original Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)
- Passport OR Original birth certificates and Photo ID
- Original Divorce Certificates (Decree Absolute) or Death Certificate – if applicable. (All of these documents need to be in English or accompanied by an original, authorised English translation.)
- You must also bring with you two people to the ceremony to witnesses your signatures. These can be anyone as long as they are over 18 years old. If you are coming on your own we can provide witnesses, couples usually just give them a bottle of Tasmanian wine each for their time as a thank you.
Enjoy your special day!