Engaging a civil celebrant
Only practising solicitors and notaries public who meet certain statutory criteria may be appointed as civil celebrants. A validly appointed civil celebrant is able to show you proof of his appointment.
Giving of notice of intended marriage to a civil celebrant
You should inform your chosen civil celebrant of your plans for marriage within the 3 months before the proposed date of marriage. You should discuss with your civil celebrant the appropriate time to give notice, bearing in mind that sufficient time should be allowed for the civil celebrant to handle and transmit the notice and other documents to the Registrar and for the Registrar to process and exhibit the notice in his office for at least 15 clear days and to issue the Certificate of Registrar of Marriages.