WEDDING FORM - SURFERS PARADISE PARISH

This form is used to fill out Federal and Church documents, so please use full spelling of words, and please avoid abbreviations. Eg. Queensland instead of Qld; Boulevard instead of Blvd, etc. (When the document asks for the "maiden surnames" of parents, please print the full name of the parents, including all given names - {and middle names} - AND the surname of the person - eg, their family surname prior to them marrying). This is needed for government requirements). We use this document to prepare the legal paperwork that will be needed for the wedding. If we have already confirmed a wedding date and time with you, please enter it in the relevant sections, and if you are inquiring about a date and time, please put that in the relevant section. If you are inquiring re these dates and times then, naturally the filling in of this form is a request. In the second case of an inquiry, THE PRIEST WILL GET BACK TO YOU TO CONFIRM WHETHER THIS WEDDING IS ABLE TO BE PERFORMED AT TIME/DATE YOU REQUEST. CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS AT LAW AND WITH THE CHURCH ARE NEEDED BEFORE CONFIRMATION.

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Proposed Wedding Month *
Proposed Wedding Day: *
Proposed Wedding Year *
 
Please select the day of week on which the wedding occurs *
Proposed Church for Wedding. ( Please note that for the next two years Stella Maris church at Mermaid Beach - Broadbeach, will have a multi-storey high rise being constructed to it next door. The church is still available but there may be some impacts given the building next door). *
 
Name of the Parish in which the Wedding will be conducted, Eg, "Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish," (Please note that the name of the parish here is "Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish," even if the wedding is in one of the three parish churches, eg; whether it is at St Vincents (Surfers Paradise), Stella Maris (Broadbeach), or CLear Island Waters (Sacred Heart), *
 
PLEASE NOTE, THIS FORM IS USED TO FILL OUT GOVERNMENT LEGAL DOCUMENTS. THESE LEGAL DOCUMENTS HAVE SOME SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL. FOR EXAMPLE. PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY ABBREVIATIONS. PLEASE, INCLUDE THE FULL NAMES OF ANY STATE OR TERRITORY OR COUNTRY, AND ALSO WORDS SUCH AS STREET, AVENUE, AND SO ON. ALSO, FOR A PERSON'S NAME IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THEIR FULL NAMES ARE GIVEN, INCLUDING ANY MIDDLE NAMES. PLEASE TICK THE BOX TO INDICATE THAT YOU APPRECIATE THIS REQUIREMENT *
There are certain documents that the celebrant needs to receive in order for the wedding to be valid. *
The priest for your wedding has all the forms you need and he looks after all the paperwork for a valid wedding in the eyes of both the Government and also the church. Please indicate that you understand that the priest for your wedding is looking after all government and church documents that will be needed for your wedding. Please also indicate by ticking this box below that you agree to contact in writing and also confirm by phone message if you cancel or change the date or time of this booking. *
Are you looking for a wedding prayer service (music, prayers, readings, vows) or a Nuptial Mass (music, prayers, readings, vows, Eucharist and communion). When one side of the family is not Catholic, the Wedding prayer service is often found to be most suitable.  *
Groom: Please answer one of the above (It is not necessary that both parties be Baptised or Christened, as long as one of the parties is Catholic, a Catholic wedding is possible). Please choose the most accurate description. *
Groom:  Have you received the Sacrament of "Confirmation" (to the best of your knowledge) *
MARITAL STATUS OF THE GROOM *
Bride: Please answer one of the above (It is not necessary that both parties be Baptised or Christened, as long as one of the parties is Catholic, a Catholic wedding is possible). Please choose the most accurate description *
Bride:  have you received the church Sacrament of "Confirmation" (to the best of your knowledge) *
MARITAL STATUS OF THE BRIDE *
Name and location of Catholic Parish where the wedding will be celebrated: (please note that the parish name is still used if the wedding occurs within the boundaries of that parish) - Please note that all three churches within the Surfers Paradise Parish are still part of Surfers Paradise Parish, eg: Stella Maris church is not "Stella Maris Broadbeach Parish," but it is Surfers Paradise Parish. *
Full postal address of the parish where the wedding will take place *
 
NAME OF THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE IN WHICH THE WEDDING WILL TAKE PLACE (PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING. IF THE PLACE IS NOT LISTED HERE, CHOOSE THE LAST BLANK OPTION AND WRITE THE DIOCESE NAME IN THE NEXT SEGMENT). For example: if you are being married in the Gold Coast, Queensland, then the choice will be Brisbane. *
 
A QUESTION FOR THE CATHOLIC PARTNER: IF YOU ARE CATHOLIC, PLEASE CHOOSE THE NAME OF THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE IN WHICH YOU NORMALLY RESIDE (PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING. IF THE REGION WHERE YOU LIVE IS NOT LISTED HERE, CHOOSE THE LAST BLANK OPTION AND WRITE THE DIOCESE NAME IN THE NEXT SEGMENT). (Please note: GOLD COAST, or BRISBANE, Maryborough, Childers, Hervey Bay,  etc are all Parishes that are within Brisbane Archdiocese) *
 

This next section is only for those who have been married previously.. for others please move to the next section:

Groom: How was the LAST marriage terminated
Bride: How was the LAST marriage terminated
Groom: was your former spouse baptised or christened?
Bride: was your former spouse baptised or christened?

PRACTICALITIES:

For all parties:

Our Apologies for repeating this particular question, however, we have found that 60% of all forms submitted have omitted something essential, or have written something incorrectly, even though they assured us they had checked. 

The Government Marriage forms require accurate and full information which matches with the details in Birth certificates etc. We are required to write names as they are spelt in Birth Certificates and other official documents, and this is why we are required to sight and compare the documents. If names are misspelt on any of your formal legal documents, you will have to contact the Registrar and apply to get these corrected. We are not able to correct these matters at our end. 

Frequently occurring errors found, after people have filled out this form, include:
- not putting in the middle names of various people eg Parents, witnesses. We need everyone's FULL given names and spelt correctly. 
- Writing the Mothers' "Maiden Names" as their Married Name. The Maiden name is the full given names, including all correctly spelt middle names, and also including their surname prior to marriage. The Federal Government requires this information. 
- Addresses include State and Postcode.
- NO abbreviations. For example, I have written "Queensland"  and not QLD, and Street or Avenue instead of St. or Ave, etc.

Please confirm here that you have looked over your answers and have double-checked for these or similar errors. *
On the day of the wedding, you will be given, by the priest, a commemorative copy of your wedding certificate. This is not the official government registered copy of the Wedding certificate. Please indicate by ticking the box below that you understand that the official Government Wedding certificate is not automatically sent to the couple and it is up to the couple to apply for the official certificate through either the Magistrates Court or the Office of The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, for an official government copy of the Wedding Certificate. *
The Catholic Church recommends that a minimum of six months notice be given to the Priest prior to the date of the wedding. This is to allow for sufficient time for preparation and planning. I understand that by applying to be married, I undertake to :
- Keep in contact with the Celebrant. (The celebrant will explain the process, and then its important that you complete the steps and be proactive in keeping in contact!).
- Provide him with the legal documents and church documents required, as soon as possible.
- Undertake a marriage preparation course as soon as possible (well before the marriage date). 
- Use the wedding ceremony choices document provided by the celebrant
- Consult with the celebrant well in advance of the ceremony about the Order of Service and send a copy to him some weeks prior to the ceremony.
- Arrange for a rehearsal date and time with the celebant, the priest.  *

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