Legal Only Weddings

THIS WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • All legal paperwork (including Official Government Marriage Certificate*) 
  • Commemorative Certificate 
  • Visa Letter if required 
  • Maximum of 2 witnesses and 2 additional guests 
  • The Celebrant 
  • Marriage Interview 
  • Your Wedding Ceremony 

David Campbell is a religious marriage celebrant who conducts wedding ceremonies at a number of locations around Canberra. 

I offer affordable wedding options for couples seeking an intimate experience and I look after all the legal requirements from notification through ceremony to certificate. 

Recently I have been approached to provide a “Legal Only” wedding. By this, people usually mean a “Registry” style of wedding. This particular package is offered specifically with your requirement in mind. 

TO ARRANGE YOUR WEDDING

Step 1. Confirm My Availability on your preferred date.

Step 2. Complete the Notice of Intended Marriage form.

Step 3. Arrange a Marriage Interview.

Step 4. Conduct your Wedding Ceremony.

Step 1. Confirm my availability 

You need to confirm my availability on your preferred date and pay the full fee. It is worth having two dates in case your first choice is not available. To check my availability and book your wedding date, Click Here 

Note: Your Ceremony must be more than a month into the future. 

Go to Fees Section 

Step 2. Notice of Intended Marriage

This online form must be completed prior to the Marriage Interview. 

Click Here: Notice of Intended Marriage 

Please note a Notice of Intended Marriage is: 

  • Not legally submitted until signed and witnessed by me at the Marriage Interview. 
  • Valid for up to 18 months. If the parties are unsure of a date for their ceremony, this can be arranged later on. 

Step 3. Marriage Interview

I use this interview to verify your supporting documents and start planning for your ceremony. Note, this interview must be held more than one month prior to the date of your ceremony. Both parties must be present at the Marriage Interview. Please complete the online form (Step 2) and bring the following documents to the interview (All documents must be originals). 

Both parties must provide evidence of: 

─ The date and place of birth. 

Proof of Identity (Any 2 of the following documents) 

  • Passport – Translated in English (if required) 
  • Driving Licence 
  • Proof of Age card 
  • Birth Certificate – Translated in English (if required) 
  • Proof of current address 

─ The termination of any previous marriage, where relevant.  

If you have been previously married, you must provide evidence of the termination of the marriage in the form of an original of your final divorce papers or a death certificate (if you have been widowed). 

If they are not in English, a qualified interpreter must have translated them. The wedding ceremony date and time will be booked once all of these documents have been provided. 

To Book an appointment for a Marriage Interview, Click Here 

Note: This interview must be held more than one month prior to the date of your ceremony. Both parties must be present at the Marriage Interview. 

Step 4. Your Wedding Ceremony 

It is essential that the wedding party arrives 15 minutes prior to the appointed ceremony time. All Legal Only Weddings are conducted at my office. The ceremony takes around 10 to 15 minutes where: 

Both parties sign declarations stating they are over 18 years of age, not legally married to someone else and are not directly related to each other. 

Vows are exchanged. Parties may also exchange wedding rings if they desire. 

The certificate of marriage is signed by both parties, then by your two witnesses and me. Then presented to the married couple. 

You Are Married

Fees

Costs below include the lodgement of your Notice of Intended Marriage, Declaration of No Legal Impediment, Official Marriage Certificate and an Official Government Marriage Certificate (sent to you after the Wedding Ceremony). 

Availability Price
Weekdays Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm $499
Weekends Monday - Friday: 6pm to 8pm Saturday: 9am to 5pm Public Holidays 9am to 5pm $599

Package Add-ons

Any changes or additions to this basic “Legal Only” package will incur additional fees.

If an alternate location is requested and agreed, an additional fee of $150 is payable. Travel costs may also be applicable (depending on location).

Table and chairs (required for signing) and PA system etc can be provided for an additional cost of $200.

OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

I will submit an application for a standard marriage certificate on your behalf and have it sent to your address in the weeks following the Wedding Ceremony.

CANCELLATION

An amount of $200 is non-refundable should you cancel your ceremony.

The remainder of the fee can be refunded if written notice to cancel is received at least 14 days before the ceremony date or Notice of Intended Marriage expiry date.

If a notice to cancel a marriage ceremony is received less than 14 days prior to the ceremony date, a refund will not be issued.

CHANGE OF DATE

Should you wish to change the date of the ceremony, you must provide written notice at least 14 days before the ceremony date.

If a change of date of a marriage ceremony is received less than 14 days prior to the ceremony date, the marriage ceremony is considered to have been cancelled and a refund will not be issued. A new booking will be required.

WITNESSES

You are legally required to have two witnesses at your wedding ceremony to witness and sign the marriage certificate. I do not supply witnesses.

Your witnesses:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must know either party
  • Must speak and understand English.

GUESTS

You may invite a maximum of 2 additional guests to attend the Wedding Ceremony.

LOCATION

All Legal Only Wedding Ceremonies are conducted at my office.

INTERPRETERS

If agreed during your marriage interview that an interpreter is required, you must arrange for this in order for the ceremony to take place. I do not supply interpreters. The attendance of an Interpreter is considered to be in place of one of the additional guests.