SHORTENING OF TIME
To marry in Australia, you must lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage with your celebrant at least one month before your ceremony date (and no later than 18 months) There may be circumstances that are urgent and you want to shorten the time of notice to marry.
This is called a Shortening of Time.
A Shortening of Time is not always granted. The decision to grant a shortening of time is made by a prescribed authority, for example, the Births, Deaths and Marriage in the State or Territory where the marriage will take place.
Only 5 REASONS WHY THIS MAY BE GRANTED
employment-related or other travel commitments
wedding or celebration arrangements, or religious considerations
an error in giving notice
You can read more about the guidelines and some examples of when the above reasons are relevant here.
HOW TO APPLY?
The process for Shortening of Time can vary, depending on the State or Territory you apply for Shortening of time in. You will need to apply for the Shortening of Time in the State or Territory where you plan to marry.
Speak to your celebrant about your situation and reasons for requesting a Shortening of Time. They will give you guidance on what documents you need to support your application for a Shortening of Time.
You will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage, signed and witnessed, as well as your supporting documents