Things to Consider If You Are Thinking Of Tying the Knot in Australia

If your budget allows it and you want to get married in a sunnier and warmer climate, you might be thinking about tying the knot down under.  The sun, the clear skies and the sandy beaches can make a great backdrop for your big day.  However, there are some important considerations you should make, which will be covered in the following article.

Do You Need To Have Australian Citizenship To Get Married In Australia?

As long as you can provide evidence that both you and your significant other are 18 and are not married already, you are allowed to get married in Australia even if you are not a citizen.

What Documents Do You Need Submit?

Before you are allowed to get married in Australia, you need to lodge an Intended Marriage Notice at least 1 month and 1 day before you are due to get married.  The good news is if you have already organised an authorised wedding celebrant or civil marriage celebrant, they will be able to help you organise this so you don’t have to do it alone.  However, if you wish to organise it yourself you can easily download the form from the Attorney General’s website.

Are There Other Documents You Need To Get Married In Australia?

Along with the properly filed Intended Marriage Notice, you need to bring with you originals and not photocopies of your birth certificates, passports and divorce decrees/death certificates (if you are getting legally re-married)

Do You Need To Have Lived In Or Live In Australia For A Specific Length Of Time?

There is no required length of time that you have to live in Australia before you get married there.  In fact, as long as you have submitted the Intended Marriage Notice properly, you can even marry on the day you arrive in the country.

Will The Marriage Be Legally Recognised In My Own Country?

This is something that you will need to check with the governing authorities in your own country.

Can You Get Married Anywhere You Want In Australia?

The simple answer to this question is yes.  You are legally allowed to get married on most of Australia’s parklands and beaches.  Obviously, you will need to have a civil marriage or authorised wedding celebrant present to perform the wedding ceremony if you are not getting married in a synagogue or church.

How Many Witnesses Are Needed?

At the actual marriage ceremony you need 2 witnesses present.  Anyone, including siblings or parents can act as witnesses, though the wedding celebrant or minister conducting the service can’t.

For most people, their wedding day is the biggest day of their life and it can be quite stressful.  Hopefully you have found the information helpful and if you are looking for somewhere great to stage your wedding down under you should take a look at Bell City, who have lots of expert knowledge and experience putting on beautiful weddings that guests will remember for many years to come.

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