Getting Married Overseas – Baby, Let’s Just DO IT!

Getting married in Australia or Overseas - let's just DO IT

Getting Married Overseas Baby! Let’s DO IT
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Throwing caution to the wind and getting married either here, in Australia, or overseas, might seem like fun at first but WHOOOOOOAAAAAH!  It’s one thing to get those cogs going in your imagination but another thing when it comes to planning.

Before you make a decision, I recommend that you take a little time to do some research and understand your legal rights and obligations first.

It will help make sure your big day goes as planned and there are no (unwanted) surprises later down the track.

Firstly, if you are local to me and reside here in sunny Australia OR you are an international wanting to get married here, first things first.

Getting Married in Australia

The good news is that you do not have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry in Australia.

As long as:

  • You’re not married to someone else
  • You’re not marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
  • You’re at least 18 years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between 16–18 years old
  • You understand what marriage means and freely consent to becoming man and wife
  • There is specific wording that must be said during the ceremony
  • You give me written notice of your intention to marry Notice of Intended Marriage Form.

Getting Married Overseas

There is a growing demand for overseas weddings!

Exquisite, hot, exotic locations. Somewhere cooler, perhaps? Or places on the map that cry beauty and wild adventure!

If you intend to marry overseas, I highly recommend performing the legal marriage within Australia first to ensure the marriage is legal and recognised. I can assist you to legally marry in Australia (the paperwork is completed with the couple and two witnesses in a simple procedure), and then conduct the ceremony overseas with your family and friends.

Getting married overseas can come with complications. I have heard some absolute horror stories so these are just some of the things that requirements:

  • Arriving several days prior to your wedding so this will need to be factored in to your travel plans
  • Living in that country for an extended period of time 
  • Having to become a citizen before you can marry
  • Holding both a civil and religious ceremony
  • Taking a blood test prior to saying “I do”
  • Showing proof that you are free to marry (divorce decree or a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage)
  • Producing records other than your passport and Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage, as well as an original birth certificate plus immunization records or religious documents
  • Proving your confirmation, baptism or pre-Cana records (Catholic Weddings)

So….if you are finding the legalities a bit too hard, it makes sense to utilise my services within Australia in organising your Marriage Certificate. THEN hold the ceremony and reception of your dreams at your carefully selected destination.

I am here to assist you with both! Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Fill out the form online and I shall get back in touch as soon as possible with you.

 

 

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