Paul Wheeler

(18 reviews)
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Based in Sydney however available to officiate anywhere in Australia
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7 Days a Week
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How early can I file my marriage documents?

Should begin ASAP or does it not matter as long as it's a month prior to the wedding?

Paul Wheeler

Hi Mariana, congratulations on your engagement! I would recommend getting your paperwork in order as soon as is viable for you. You will have many things regarding the planning and preparation of your wedding which will come up very quickly and the less you have on your plate the better. This is one thing you can get out of the way early on without worrying about a last minute rush. As per the legislation and specifically the Marriage Act 1961 you must lodge your "NOIM" no less than one month prior and no more than 18 months prior. Please see below an excerpt from the act relevant to your question.

"The NOIM must be given to the authorised celebrant no earlier than 18 months and no later than one month before the date of the marriage.22 A notice expires after 18 months, and a marriage may not be solemnised if the NOIM was received more than 18 months before the date of the proposed marriage. Parties are encouraged to produce their evidence of date and place of birth as well as evidence of identity and the end of any previous marriage (if relevant) at the time of lodging the NOIM. However, this document may be produced at any time before the marriage is solemnised. For the purposes of complying with the timeframes required for lodging the NOIM it is sufficient for an authorised celebrant to sight scanned (emailed) or faxed copies of the documents at the time of lodgement of the NOIM, provided the originals are sighted by the authorised celebrant before the marriage is solemnised."

All the best with your ceremony and wedding festivities! :)


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