Civil marriage ceremonies in Australia can be performed anywhere, at any time of the day, on any day of the week.  Here are a few options:

  • At a reception centre, either inside or outdoors
  • On a beach
  • In a garden (always check for Council requirements if you are choosing a public garden or park)
  • In your home
  • In your parents’ back yard
  • On a boat
  • On a plane
  • In a chapel

When planning an outdoor venue you should always, always, always have a Plan B.

You might be really invested in being married where your proposal took place but there is nothing romantic about being drowned in the rain or keeling over with sunstroke or having the legal papers blown away in strong winds.

Always bear in mind the people on your guest list.  If elderly people are attending it might be very difficult or even impossible for them to walk along a stretch of sand to get to the exact location you have chosen for your beach wedding.

Remember that while this is your day, if you are inviting those nearest and dearest to you to share in your celebration, you should consider whether your venue is suitable for everyone.

If you decide to change the location for your ceremony during the process in the lead up to your wedding day, you should notify your celebrant as soon as you make this decision.  He or she will need to decide if they can accommodate the change, bearing in mind other commitments they may have on that date.  There may also be additional charges to pay to cover extra travel time.

As far as changing your venue on the actual day because of the weather, most celebrants have a cut-off time to be notified.  Depending on how far I have to travel, I need at least two hours’ notice of a change so I have time to make sure all the paperwork reflects the correct information.

© Jane Gillespie 2012

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