The Celebrants Role
A Civil Marriage Celebrant is appointed by the Australian Government’s Attorney-General’s Department and is authorised to solemnise marriages anywhere in Australia in accordance with the Marriage Act 1961.
Marriage Celebrants appointed since 2003 have undergone special training before being appointed. All Marriage Celebrants are required to undergo five hours of On-going Professional Development (OPD) per year so it is fair to say that most Celebrants are highly trained and qualified whether recently appointed or have many years’ experience.
Although, traditionally, marriages have taken place in religious establishments, Civil Marriage Celebrants offer you a professional option. A civil ceremony can be equally as emotional, extremely professional and sensitive and above all include your wishes for your special day.
Civil Marriage Celebrants are professional people who will ensure that your special day is one to be remembered. They will officiate at formal, informal wedding ceremonies or themed ceremonies and, in most cases, are prepared to include some religious content which could be the reading of a prayer by a family member. Civil Marriage Celebrants will also work alongside the clergy. For instance there are occasions where a couple wish to have their marriage blessed by a Minister of Religion from their local church and providing that the Minister is happy the celebrant will include this in the ceremony.
Additionally, a Civil Marriage Celebrant will accommodate your choice of location for the marriage ceremony thus giving you total control of this special occasion. Perhaps you would like to say what we need to and simply sign the paperwork? No frills, no fuss, just the legal essentials for marriage.
Marriage Celebrants are governed by a strict Code of Practice as set down in the Marriage Regulations 2017.
You don’t have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry here. You can find marriage visa information on the Department of Home Affairs website, if you hope to live in Australia after your marriage. Find further information on getting married in Australia here.
Types of Ceremonies
Please select the type of ceremony you are interested in for more information;
Questions? The answers to many common questions may be found on the FAQ’s page.
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