Make Your Australian Wedding Ceremony Easy
Congratulations! I make your Australian Wedding Ceremony easy for you. Check out the current information on Weddings for Overseas Couples.
You choose where and when you wish to marry! As a Commonwealth-registered Marriage Celebrant, I am authorised to conduct wedding ceremonies in any part of Australia. My home base is in the great south-east of Queensland, Brisbane and the Bayside areas.
You choose the location for your Australian Wedding Ceremony. On land, sea and air.
You choose the date and time for your Australian Wedding Ceremony. On any day, at any time.
Get the Right Information for Wedding Ceremonies in Australia
Get the right information! These questions and answers about Australian wedding ceremonies make it easy to plan your Australian wedding ceremony.
Who can marry in Australia?
Two people from anywhere in the world, who meet the Australian legal marriage requirements.
Do we need to live in Australia before we marry?
You and your partner can marry on the day you arrive in Australia. If you wish to remain in Australia as a resident following your marriage, then you must have the relevant visa.
Do Registered Marriage Celebrants conduct legal weddings in Australia?
Registered (with the Australian Attorney General) Marriage Celebrants, conduct legal wedding ceremonies according to law in Australia. This Marriage Celebrant definition gives more information about the services that a Registered Marriage Celebrant offers. I officiate legal marriage ceremonies for any two people who meet the Marriage Act 1961 requirements.
How can we marry in Australia?
Contact me and we will make the process smooth and fuss-free! I help you to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before the intended wedding date. Are you in a hurry to get married and you have a valid reason? A prescribed authority can shorten this one-month waiting time period under certain circumstances. This ‘shortening of time’ process starts when you book me as your Celebrant.
Do we get a Marriage Certificate?
You receive a ‘ceremonial/presentation’ marriage certificate on your wedding day. This is a legal document that is proof of your marriage. However, this certificate is not an ID or personal identification document. The Registry in the State or Territory in which you marry issues a copy of the Official Marriage Certificate for a fee. I help you to obtain your copy easily and without any fuss!
Can we marry a second time in Australia?
If you marry legally in another country your marriage is registered in that country. You are already married. However, you may choose a Renewal of Vows, Affirmation or Commitment ceremony. Celebrate as newly-weds with your family and friends in Australia! Although these ceremonies have no legal status, they are great occasions for another celebration.
Do we have pre-marriage counselling before we marry in Australia?
This is your choice. Relationship education is available in Australia, through both government and non-government agencies. This information is free and is easy to find. Check out these helpful sources.
Do we follow a wedding ceremony script?
An Australian wedding ceremony script must include the legal marriage vows. Both people must say some specific words in a civil, or secular wedding ceremony:
“I, (name of Bride/Groom/Partner) call upon all persons here present to witness that I take you, (name of Bride/Groom/Partner) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse.”
There are however, some legally acceptable minor variations to this wording. For example, “call upon” to “ask”; “persons” to “people”; “thee” to “you”.
Do we use our full names in all parts of the wedding ceremony?
There is some flexibility for names in an Australian wedding ceremony. You may use only your given name when you make your lawful marriage vows. For example, for the full name, ‘Marion Rose Wickham’, the given names are ‘Marion’ and ‘Rose‘. This means that you may choose either ‘Marion’ or ‘Marion Rose.‘ You may add a nickname, eg ‘Marion Rose (Max).‘
Again, it is your choice to include your surname or family name eg ‘Wickham‘ in the lawful marriage vows. However, you must include (compulsory) your full name in the ceremony. This usually happens early in the ceremony. This establishes the legal, personal identity of the individuals who make the contract of marriage.
Do we need wedding rings in the wedding ceremony?
Wedding rings are not a legal requirement. Two people marry when they say the legal marriage vows. It is your choice to include any cultural rituals or symbols in your wedding ceremony.
What does a wedding ceremony cost?
Marriage Celebrants charge different fees and offer different types of wedding ceremonies. You choose the marriage celebrant and type of wedding service that you want. Check out my Wedding ceremony fees that are fair, reasonable and affordable.