As part of a marriage ceremony in Australia, the couple must nominate two people to be their official witnesses. It means the minimum number of people present at a marriage ceremony is 5 – the couple getting married, the two witnesses and the Marriage Celebrant.
Usually the couple will provide two witnesses. They can be anyone they wish as long as they are at least 18 years old. There is no requirement for the official witnesses to be Australian citizens or residents and I do not need to see ID documents from them.
However, there are cases where it is not possible for the couple to provide witnesses – if they are coming from overseas, interstate, or don’t know anyone to ask for example. I can help by booking two people for you who will come to the ceremony to fulfil this vital role.