Getting Married in Australia
The list of stunning settings for a relaxed and memorable wedding in Australia is limited only by your imagination. Couples wishing to get married in Australia must both be over 18 years of age and are required to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage Form with an authorised celebrant at least one month and one day prior to the proposed date of marriage. This form, and a register of authorised marriage celebrants, is available from www.ag.gov.au. These forms, once appropriately witnessed, may be lodged from overseas and there are no minimum residency requirements for getting married in Australia. In addition, couples intending to marry will also need to bring to Australia:
- Full birth certificate (or adoption certificate, if adopted)
- Official evidence of dissolution of any previous marriages; either by divorce (Decree Absolute) or death (death certificate and previous marriage certificate).
- Official evidence of any other name changes.
All documents must be original and, if these are in another language, accompanied by an official English translation.
In order to be legally recognised in your home country, many European governments require Australian issued marriage certificates to be further 'authenticated' by means of an Apostille Certificate which can usually be arranged with the assistance of your marriage celebrant and must be done before you leave Australia.
Further information about getting married in Australia is available from your local Australian embassy or consulate.