Registering A Ceremony Held Overseas
What You Need To Know
Marriages In Other Countries
Recognition of overseas marriages
If you're going overseas to get married, you must work within the legal systems of Australia and the country you're getting married in.
If you marry in another country, you cannot register your marriage in Australia.
Overseas marriages are generally recognised in Australia if the marriage is recognised by the country where it took place and they don't break the Australian Marriage Act.
Sign the Marriage Register
This is the minimum requirement for couples to be legally married in Australia. There is no ‘ceremony’ associated with this process. No vows are needed, only a simple ‘I do’ – it’s as easy as signing the marriage register and saying the legal words. You, your celebrant & 2 witnesses are all you need and it can be done in as little as 5 minutes – talk about low fuss!
This option of signing the marriage register (also known as “legal’s only”) is typically for couples who do not want a formal ceremony, but still want to be officially married.
Sign The Marriage RegisterThis option is the minimum requirement for couples to be legally married in Australia.
Free location at our office or yours - home, garden or park
Fees from $420
You, your celebrant & two witnesses
No interviews or appointments needed
We look after all the registrations & lodgements
Say the legal words
Exchange vows and rings if you want to
Sign the marriage register
The Marriage Office allows for a variety of marriage options including registry weddings and courthouse style weddings as well as offering micro wedding packages.
The Marriage Office is staffed by Commonwealth Marriage Celebrants and marriages can be conducted in several locations, from our office, your garden, a park, or one of our beautiful venues. The legal paperwork is signed and your marriage is solemnised according to law.
This marriage service is typically for couples who would like to be married in Australia, or just need the minimum legal requirements to be married. The Marriage Office also services couples who are requesting a Fiancé Visa Letter for the Department of Immigration for their Prospective Marriage Visa, or couples who require their marriage to be registered in Australia following a commemorative ceremony overseas, for example in Bali, Fiji or Thailand
The Marriage Office is available to take bookings for weddings in a registry office or courthouse wedding format, by appointment weekdays, after hours and on weekends.