DE facto couples will soon be able to formally register their relationship under new laws announced by the NSW registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Registrar Amanda Ianna said couples who registered their relationship would be able to celebrate the occasion with a formal ceremony recognised by law.
Relationship ceremonies are priced at $398 which includes the registration fee and standard certificate.
“The number of couples registering their relationship now stands at over 7700 per year, and is increasing by 11 per cent year each year,” Ms Ianna said.
An amendment to the law to take effect on January 2 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,” Ms Ianna said.
“With the mandatory 28-day cooling off period, couples registering from [Wednesday] with BDM would be able to have their ceremony on or after January 31, 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.
“Ceremonies on Valentine’s Day are likely to be in high demand, so we recommend registering as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”
To find out more call 13 77 88 or visit www.bdm.nsw.gov.au.