IT'S IN THE FINE PRINT
The first and most important step after engaging your celebrant (me) is the completion of a Notice of Intent to Marry, or NOIM as we call it in the biz (sounds like gnome, or nom, or noym..moving on!).
WHAT/ WHY / WHEN / WHERE AND HOW
What’s a NOIM? This document is issued by the Commonwealth of Australia and is part of the legal process in ensuring your marriage is legit! Its purpose is to capture all the information that a celebrant needs to complete your marriage certificate and is used by the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM) to officially register your marriage.
The NOIM is valid for 18 months and be can be lodged with your celebrant as early as 18 months prior to the date or your ceremony and no less than one full month before. I prefer to receive the original well in advance of the ceremony date. It’s a legal and private document so I recommend sending by registered mail.
The information required is fairly straight forward, but there are a few areas where people come unstuck. Numbered 1-20, there is a list of instructions on the left side of the page, but having received hundreds of these, there are a few common errors that regularly occur. Hopefully this will make it a bit clearer for you when it’s your turn!
I hope you’ll find this information useful. If you have ny questions, please feel welcome to contact me via my website. I look forward to hearing from you.
Hilary Van Eldik
Exmouth Ningaloo Weddings - hilaryvaneldik.com