Despite what you might read elsewhere, an Australian
marriage celebrant cannot
perform a legal marriage
ceremony in Bali or any other country and then register the
marriage back in Australia. Marriage is regulated by
the laws of the place where the legal ceremony is performed.
So, though an Australian celebrant may travel overseas for
your ceremony, the ceremony will have to be a non-legal one.
And if you wish to have your marriage registered in
Australia you will need to have a legal marriage ceremony in
Australia either before or after you travel overseas.
There is an alternative to having a non-legal ceremony in a
language you don't understand, or a ceremony that doesn't
fit your personalities and values. And it is not necessarily
paying an Australian celebrant to have an overseas holiday
at your expense.
Talk to me about how you can have an English language
ceremony of your dreams without a huge cost. You'll be
amazed at how easy it is
What you need to do to have a legal
Arranging a legal
marriage in many countries can be both costly and
complicated. You often have to spend a couple of days
doing pre-wedding legal stuff involving the Australian
Embassy and local authorities. You may have to be
"resident" in the country for a lengthy period before your
can marry, and then there are the language difficulties).
You might wish to consider marrying legally in a lovely
intimate ceremony either before or after your overseas
recognises legal marriages solemnised in other countries
as long as those marriages meet Australian legal
requirements in relation to marriageable age, monogamy,
So, your overseas
marriage will be recognised as long as
- both of you were at least 18 at the time of the
- neither of you was legally married to another person
at the time
- you are one man and one woman.
And that also means that to be legally married the person
who marries you has to be authorised to do so by the legal
authorities in the place in which the marriage is held and
the marriage has to be registered in that country.
your Name After a Legal Overseas Marriage
Many Australian couples who choose to have
a romantic destination wedding overseas are shocked
when they come back to Australia and find when
the bride goes to change her name that the various
government authorities at both state and federal level
will not accept an overseas marriage certificate for that
purpose. She (or the groom if he chooses to change his
name to his wife's) has to apply for, and pay for, a legal
name change. which not only costs money ($160 in
Queensland at the moment), takes some time, and changes
the surname on her birth certificate from her maiden
surname to her married name.
Please contact me to discuss your