Fancy a romantic big day the Oz way? The land down under has become a very popular choice when it comes to destination weddings, and if you are planning to say your I do’s on an island or in the outback, Australia will have the perfect venue for you!
However, before you walk down the aisle, here are some of the important things you need to know:
Australia is a country of extremes, beautiful beaches and amazing deserts. The trick will be to choose just the right place to celebrate your wedding… and then continue on for the honeymoon. The Tourism Australia and Lonely Planet websites are a great place to start your planning.
The legal stuff
Is there a waiting period?
There’s no waiting period or residency requirement to get married in Australia.
What documents do I need to bring?
The documentation requirements for non-residents and residents are the same. Your NOIM (notice of intended marriage) must be filled out and lodged with your celebrant at least one month before the wedding date. This notice is valid for a year and a half from the date it was submitted.
The original copies of your birth certificates and passports will also be required. If you or or spouse were previously married, a certificate of divorce or death of your previous spouse should also be presented. All these documents will need to be in the English language – if not, an official translation should be submitted along with the original.
How many witnesses are needed?
There should be at least two witnesses over 18 years of age present in your ceremony and an authorized marriage celebrant must perform the wedding.
Three copies of the marriage certificate will be prepared by the celebrant and should be signed by the wedding witnesses. One of the copies will be given to you, the other will be submitted to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the final one is kept by the celebrant as a record
Same-sex marriage is not recognised and not legal in Australia. A commitment ceremony is performed instead of a marriage ceremony.
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