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Shortening the one month notice period

When you get married in Australia the law is that you must give notice in writing by way of lodging a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form with your celebrant/registry office/clergy at least one month prior to your ceremony date.  You can lodge your NOIM up to 18 months beforehand...... but why the one month wait?

Well, it's a cooling off period - to make sure that the couple have had adequate time to consider the type of relationship they're thinking of entering - Marriage.  It also gives their celebrant time to check ID and other documentation and for the couple to gather those docuements - sometimes they will need to apply for them in a different state or country.

What happens if you didn't know about the one month waiting period?

There are so many things that you are probably juggling in the months and days leading up to your wedding, which is why we suggest that choosing and booking your celebrant is one of the first things that you do - this way, a diary like this one below can be avoided.

There are 5 specific circumstances where you may be eligible to apply for a "Shortening of Time".  The reason for wanting a shortening of time for notice must fall within one of these categories. There is no capacity to grant a shortening of time outside these circumstances.  

  • Employment–related, or other travel commitments
  • Wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations
  • Medical reasons
  • Legal proceedings, and
  • Error in giving notice.

What do you need to do?

  1. Contact a marriage celebrant who is willing to conduct a ceremony at short notice.

  2. Complete a Notice of Intended Marriage and give it to the celebrant.  Make sure you do not sign until you are in the presence of the celebrant or other approved witness.

  3. Choose a date and time for the ceremony - this can be changed if necessary

  4. Ask the celebrant to supply you with a letter saying they have received a Notice of Intended Marriage from you and are willing to conduct your marriage ceremony on the date and time nominated, provided the approval for shortening of time is granted.

  5. Go to a Prescribed Authority to request a Shortening and take the Notice of Intended Marriage with you so that it can be signed by the Prescribed Authority.  You must return the signed Notice of Intended Marriage to your celebrant.

  6. Make sure you take all documents that you would require to be married (birth certificates and/or passports, divorce papers) and documentary evidence to support your reason for shortening eg medical reports, employers evidence, wedding receipts, flight bookings, etc...

You can find a TCN Celebrant in your area to assist you.

For more information regarding the Shortening of time: Click here


Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form

Prescribed Authorities



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