Marriage Celebrants

Baptist pastoral leaders may be eligible to be licensed as Marriage Celebrants.

In this role pastors are required to fulfil both pastoral and legislative requirements, so a period of preparation is required. The BUV will only recommend pastors who have:

  • Completed their Accreditation
  • Attended a Marriage Celebrant Training Day – offered each year
  • An awareness of marriage preparation processes: registration with Prepare/Enrich is recommended

Pastors should not accept invitations to officiate at weddings until they have a Marriage Celebrant License.

If you’re interested in registering as a marriage celebrant under the BUV, please email

Useful Documents
BUV Marriage Celebrant Policy
Changes to Marriage Regulations 1963
Marriage Celebrant WWC Check
Australian Baptist Ministries Marriage Rites
Marriage Celebrant Stationery
Australian Government Marriage Celebrant Program

The purpose of Marriage Celebrant Training is to enable you to be well prepared to offer effective pastoral care and marriage preparation, lead meaningful wedding services and provide ethical and legally competent ministry as a BUV Marriage Celebrant. This training day is for new celebrants and experienced celebrants who are in need of a refresher.

Register for Marriage Celebrant Training
Prepare/Enrich Training

Prepare/Enrich is a customised couple assessment completed online that identifies a couple’s strengths and growth areas. Based on a couples responses, a trained facilitator provides a number of feedback sessions in which the facilitator helps a couple discuss and understand their results as they examine proven relationship skills.

To register for an upcoming Prepare-Enrich Workshop Click Here