DE FACTO COUPLES WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE CEREMONIES AT WEDDING VENUES

Couples registering their relationship will soon be able to celebrate the occasion with a formal ceremony recognised by law, NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (BDM) Registrar Amanda Ianna announced today.

“The number of couples registering their relationship now stands at over 7,700 per year, and is increasing by 11% year each year” Ms Ianna said.

An amendment to the law taking effect on 2 January 2019 will clear the way for formal relationship registering ceremonies to be held in NSW.

“It’s great we can now formally recognise and celebrate not just brides and grooms but also committed couples who are legally registering their relationship as de facto.

“With the mandatory 28-day cooling off period, couples registering from today with BDM would be able to have their ceremony on or after 31 January, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

“The formal relationship ceremonies will take place in our beautifully renovated ceremony rooms at our registries in inner Sydney and Parramatta,” Ms Ianna said.

“Ceremonies on Valentine’s Day are likely to be in high demand, so we recommend registering as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”

Relationship ceremonies are priced at $398 which includes the registration fee and standard certificate.

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