THE ELOPEMENT PROCESS
1. Select your Celebrant.
2. Meet with your Celebrant at least a month prior to your ceremony to execute and lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) and present your identity documents (passports or birth certificates and, if applicable, proof of termination of previous marriages). Your Celebrant will prepare the NOIM for you.
If you reside in another state or country, you can easily execute the NOIM before another recognised authority and forward it to your Celebrant. Your Celebrant will explain the process to you. You'll also need to execute a Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage before your ceremony begins. Your Celebrant will also prepare this document and email you a copy at least a week before your ceremony.
3. During your ceremony, your Celebrant will make a brief statement about his or her authority to solemnise your marriage. You'll then need to make a statement, declaring your willingness to marry. If you'd like to exchange vows and rings after that, please do! This is your opportunity to share your feelings with each other and make your ceremony a truly personal and meaningful one.
4. You, your two witnesses and your Celebrant will sign your official and commemorative marriage certificates. The commemorative one is yours to keep.
5. Pop the Champagne cork. You're married!
6. Your Celebrant will lodge your marriage documents with the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriage in the state you were married. Your Celebrant will also provide you with instructions for obtaining your official marriage certificate from the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.