The NOIM, or Notice of Intended Marriage, is the main bit of paperwork you need to do before the wedding. You can download a copy from the Attorney-General’s Department.
You should know:
- The form must be given to your celebrant at least one month before the wedding, and
- The form is surprisingly short. Yay!
Here are a few hints/ tips:
- Use your full legal names
- WAIT to sign form until you can sign in front of a proper witness
- Only the people listed on the form (e.g. a celebrant, JP, police officer, or lawyer, etc) are allowed to be witnesses.
- “Maiden name” means your mother’s full legal name before she was married, even if she later changed her name
- Birthplace should match your birth certificate
- If you make a mistake, either cross it out or get a new form. Please don’t use white-out.
Finally, if you have any questions about the NOIM, no matter how small, just ask. I’m happy to help.