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Getting Married in Australia
- Information for Overseas Couples

“Beautiful one day, perfect the next!”

Brisbane Queensland is a wonderful choice for a destination wedding.

With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, a temperate climate, major international airport and convenient access to a wide range of beaches, waterfront locations, parks, gardens, and interesting indoor and outdoor locations, together with big city variety and choice of service providers, Brisbane offers everything you need to ensure your vision for your wedding becomes a reality. So if you're thinking let's just elope consider getting married while on holiday. It's easy, it's affordable, and it's a fun way to start your married life.

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Benefits of marrying in Brisbane

  • Our wonderful climate allows outdoor weddings all year roundSigning the
                            Register in the company of kangaroos after
                            being married by Jennifer Cram Brisbane
                            Marriage Celebrant
  • A wide range of types of indoor and outdoor venues are available to suit your style and your vision for your ceremony - and there are no legal restrictions on where you marry
  • Whatever the season of the year there are flowers in bloom and the trees are green
  • Unlike at many resorts, you won't be standing in line behind other brides waiting for your 20 minutes on the beach or other ceremony venue
  • Brisbane is a growing cosmopolitan city, still small enough to be very convenient but large enough to supply a wide choice of service-providers for any service you need at an affordable cost
  • You will not be locked into a suite of predetermined services and suppliers as you would with a package wedding at a resort
  • Your total wedding spend will be much less than in other parts of Australia.
Benefits of marrying in Australia
It is easy and simple to get married in Australia, and you have complete freedom of choice as to what you incorporate in your marriage ceremony, the style and type of ceremony, where and when you marry, and who marries you, civil celebrant or religious celebrant:
  • Australia is politically stable, so your wedding plans are not going to be disrupted by coups or civil unrest.
  • Everyone speaks English, but if you are not native English-speakers, Australia is one of the most multicultural countries on earth
  • You don't need any vaccinations to enter Australia
  • If you marry in a civil ceremony in Australia, adhering to the local legal requirements, your marriage will generally be legally recognised in your own country (but it is always best to satisfy yourself about this by checking with your own relevant authority)
  • Because marrying in Australia is so simple and easy you do not need to sign up for a wedding package deal with a specialist company
  • There are no government fees other than the cost of obtaining a registered copy of your marriage certificate and an Apostille or Authentication stamp if required by your home country
  • There are few rules governing how you may marry
  • There are no restrictions on time of the day weddings can be performed (you can get married 24/7)
  • The power to marry is vested solely in the celebrant, not the location. A legal marriage can be performed anywhere you choose – you do not have to get married in a church, a courthouse, city hall, a registry office or a designated venue. This means you can get married in a restaurant, a private residence, in an interesting historical building, in a park, by the river or the sea, or even surrounded by kangaroos, koalas, water dragons or other wildlife, and you do not need to have a government official (registrar) attend the wedding in addition to the registered celebrant.
  • There are no limitations on what you may include in a legal civil marriage. You do not have to choose between a totally secular and a religious ceremony – music and readings with religious connotations, readings and prayers can be incorporated in a civil ceremony conducted by a civil marriage celebrant if the couple wishes - and you could even have your ceremony in a non-denominational chapel.
  • No interviews are necessary (we can work entirely by email, phone, or mail)
Legal requirements for marrying in  Australia
To be legally married in Australia you must meet all of the following requirements:
  • you are not already married, either to each other or some other person
  • you both freely consent to the marriage
  • you are both over 18
  • you are one man and one woman
  • you do not fall into a prohibited category of relationship (by blood or adoption)
  • you give a minimum of one month and a maximum of 18 months formal notice of your intention to marry by lodging a properly witnessed Notice of Intended Marriage with your chosen celebrant. This form can be witnessed at the Australian Embassy  in your country.
  • you produce proof of identity (see below)
  • you produce proof that you are free to marry if you are divorced or widowed (see below)
  • you produce official translations of any documents not in English
  • you sign a declaration that you are free to marry
  • you are capable of understanding the ceremony, therefore
    • both parties and the witnesses must be sober
    • if the bride, groom or a witness is not fluent in English an official interpreter must be present to interpret. 
    • if one of the parties is hearing impaired a sign language interpreter is required
  • you say your vows out loud
  • you incorporate some legally required words/phrases in your vows
  • two witnesses at least 18 years of age who are capable of understanding the nature and legal ramifications of the ceremony are present (they do not need to be Australian citizens and can be family members of either bride or groom)
  • you, your witnesses and the celebrant sign the marriage register and marriage certificate immediately after the ceremony
  • you bring the following original documents with you to Australia because without them you will not be able to be married (your celebrant is legally required to see them before performing the ceremony. Photocopies are not acceptable)
    • Proof of name and birth (your passport or your birth certificate)
    • Original final divorce decree (if applicable)
    • Original death certificate for a former spouse (if applicable)
    • Documentary evidence of any change of name
    • Valid passport
    • Notarised official English translations of any of these documents that are in another language.
You do NOT need
  • to be resident in Australia for any length of time (you can get married the day you arrive)
  • to remain in Australia for any length of time after the wedding (though
    we hope you will - it's a great place for a honeymoon)
  • to be an Australian citizen
  • to participate in pre-marriage education (though it is strongly encouraged) and every couple will be given the government pamphlet Happily Ever ...Before and After by their celebrant
  • blood tests
  • medical examination or certificates
  • a certificate of no impediment or freedom to marry
  • identification documentation about your parents
  • consent of parents or guardians if you are over 18
  • a certificate of non-pregnancy
  • to make your intention to marry public
  • to marry with "open doors" as in England, for example, therefore your wedding can be very private
  • to dress formally if you do not wish to do so
  • to exchange rings if you do not wish to do so
  • to kiss
  • to change your name
Apostilles and Authentications

Australia is a signatory to The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirements of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. This means that where your government requires proof that Australian documents are genuine before they will accept them, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will certify that official signatures, stamps or seals on a document are genuine by checking them against a specimen held on file, and stamping the document with an Apostille or Authentication. You will require an official registered copy of your marriage certificate for this purpose and a fee is payable.