Would you like to get married in Australia even if you don’t live here?  Anyone from anywhere can get married here provided they are ‘eligible’.  To be eligible you must be over the age of 18, not closely related to each other and not already married. There are no residency requirements and you could in fact get married on the same day that you arrive here, though most people wouldn’t want to do that – imagine suffering jet-lag while trying to focus on your wedding vows! However, there are other requirements that must be met.

The most important requirement is the necessity to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage with your officiant a minimum of one month before the date of your ceremony. 

Your celebrant keeps the Notice until after he or she has officiated at your marriage, when it is sent to the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (BDM), together with Declarations of No Legal Impediment to Marriage that you both must sign before the ceremony takes place, and your Official Marriage Certificate.

Your celebrant can register your marriage with BDM online and you are able to collect this from the Registry Office the next business day. Depending on your own country’s laws you may need to have the certificate authenticated or apostilled to have your marriage recognised there.

Information about this service can be found here: http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/Pages/australia.aspx.

When you marry in Australia you can choose any day of the year, any time of the day and any location, that a celebrant is willing to perform the ceremony for you. Sydney is one of the most spectacular cities in the world, so you can choose a magnificent backdrop for your photos, ranging from a cliff top above the ocean, anywhere beside our magnificent Harbour, on the steps of the Opera House, on a stunning beach or in the Royal Botanic Gardens. 

So if you think you would like to marry here, the first thing to do is research celebrants then contact the one you think you would like to perform this service for you and start the legal process – lodging your Notice of Intended Marriage.  I would love to help you fulfil your dream of marrying in Sydney. Email me at jane@life-celebrations.com.au or call +61 412 643 751   


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