For all marriage ceremonies
Celebrant-issued Marriage Certificate
Included in ceremony fee
On your wedding day, I will issue you with an official Marriage Certificate which is the legal evidence of your marriage.
It is a shortened version which shows the basic details: your names, the wedding date and location, your witnesses and the celebrant details.
If you do not wish to change your surname after marriage, this certificate is usually sufficient.
Extended (BDM) Marriage Certificate
For all official reasons, such as changing your surname, visa applications etc, or for couples who live outside Australia and need to prove their marriage to home authorities, you will require a more detailed Marriage Certificate issued by the Birth Deaths and Marriages Department. This shows ALL the details of your marriage registration.
Certificates are sent to you by the Registry, using registered post. There is an extra charge for this certificate.
I can order this certificate on your behalf for up to two months after your wedding date. The benefits of me doing this for you are:
- No application form required
- No ID checks required
- Easier and faster processing
- I can track progress on your behalf
Do you need your BDM-issued Marriage Certificate stamped for use overseas?
If you are visiting Australia to get married, it is your responsibility to check for any requirements your home country may have, or any steps you must take, for your marriage to be recognised outside Australia.
To comply with foreign requirements, Australian documents sometimes need additional government legalisation before they can be used overseas, such as an Apostille Stamp or Authentication. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides a number of legalisation services to help Australian documents meet the requirements of foreign governments. If you have an Australian document (such as a BDM issued Marriage Certificate) that needs to be used in a foreign country or by a foreign government, you will need to contact that country's embassy to check what their requirements are.
Services are provided by mail or in person. Lodgement at the Australian Passport Office in person is by appointment only. You can make an appointment by phoning 1300 935 260.
Most Australian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates are authorised to provide the legalisation of signatures and/or seals on Australian public documents (apostilles and authentications). You may need to make an appointment and pay a fee. Check with your local Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for detailed information.
It is the couple's responsibility to arrange Apostille Stamps. This information is provided to help you.
NSW BDM-issued Commemorative Marriage Certificate
NSW BDM also offers a range of Commemorative Marriage Certificates in a range of themes and styles. They measure 279mmx355mm to fit display frames.
They can only be purchased as part of a package which includes the BDM-issued Marriage Certificate (see above).