Do not fear-your Celebrant is here! The main changes that you need to know!

So you would of heard about some fantastic new changes to the legal paperwork with the legalising of same sex marriages effective from December 9th 2017! There is no need to worry if you have already lodged your NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage Form) with your Celebrant as that is completely valid . The only change you will see is the wording in the Monitum that is said at your wedding-this is a paragraph that must be said as part of the legal requirements of you being married. Instead of “Marriage is the union of a man and a woman” -it is now “Marriage is the union of two people”. If you are lodging your NOIM on or after the 9 December 2017 with your Celebrant then the form looks slightly different and has changed the heading of Bridegroom and Groom to now tick the boxes of either Bride/Groom/Partner plus a question of sex- male/female/X (‘X’ refers to indeterminate/intersex/unspecified). This is all that has changed and your Celebrant is the main person who will be all over this so no need to worry at all. I am so excited as I got to say those words yesterday so on the 9/12/2017 and with a couple who a huge supporters of marriage equality. So the first weddings of same sex couples can now happen in one calendar month-so the 9 January 2018. The other great part of this is that all same sex couples previously married outside of Australia are now recognised as married in Australia. History in the making! I am excited that I have same sex couples booked already so 2018 is going to be amazing! Bring it on!!!

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