Sometimes couples think they want to get married at the Registry Office. They go along to the Registry and lodge their Notice of Intended Marriage, and then sometimes it’s a few months before they can get an appointment for a marriage ceremony. In the meantime they find an awesome celebrant who convinces them they can do a much nicer ceremony at a much nicer place, and they decide to get married with the celebrant instead.

Given the couple has already completed a lodged a Notice of Intended Marriage with the Registry Office, they may not want or have time to lodge a new Notice with their new celebrant. In these cases the Registry Office can certainly transfer the NOIM to the authorised celebrant after a request from the couple.