How far would you go for your dream wedding?
A beautiful beach with soft white sand? A botanical garden with strange and exotic plants? Maybe a tropical rainforest with plenty of sunshine?
Imagine if you could have any of these, plus your pick of first-rate photographers, videographers, hair and makeup artists, flowers and wedding cake specialists, not to mention top-class reception venues who can provide just about anything you want.
Add to this a Celebrant who is legally authorised to perform your wedding ceremony anywhere you have dreamed about, a Celebrant that will complete all the legalities following the wedding, so all you need to do is register it with your local authorities when you get home.
This can be your dream come true. It’s your fairy-tale waiting to happen on YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY.
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Marriage Celebrants are registered and licensed by the Australian Attorney General
Unlike some countries, Australia is one of the few places where registered Marriage Celebrants are licensed by the Attorney General’s Department to perform legal weddings anywhere on Australian territory: on land, on the sea, even in the air.
As a Celebrant it’s my responsibility to complete all the legal paperwork before the wedding ceremony and make sure that your marriage is registered with the relevant Australian authorities after the ceremony.
Why does Australia allow this? The answer is simple: it reduces the bottleneck and strain on various government departments. Each Celebrant must enrol in a certified course, pass the examination and undertake continuous training for the license to be valid.
We must also be up to date on any changes in the legal aspects of marriage to make sure we are qualified to conduct weddings. This is the kind of celebrant you want, right?
Where in Australia would you like to get married?
Australia is a very big country and I’m based in Melbourne in the state of Victoria. It’s easy to get to from Europe, India, Asia and the US. There are many beautiful beaches around Melbourne and if you feel like a drive an hour or two north, south, east or west of the city, you have even more choices.
Quiet beaches, lighthouses, scenic landscapes, towering gumtrees, even a safari park or stately home, the choices are endless.
Did you know that Melbourne’s weather is similar to southern Europe? Summer is generally warm but not too hot. Be aware though, like the rest of the planet, our climate is changing and from January to March the temperature could get uncomfortable at times. Just in case.
Four steps to tying the knot in Australia
If you want to tie the knot in Australia, follow my list.
Find your Celebrant. It’s the first place to start and I hope it’s me!
I will help you complete the Notice of Intended Marriage which must be lodged with me at least a month before your intended wedding date and no longer than 18 months beforehand. Yes, this can all be done while you are still overseas; I will guide you through it.
You must be a minimum of 18 years old. I will ask to view some ID such as a valid passport, driver's licence and birth certificate. If you have been previously married you will need to supply evidence that you are free to marry such as divorce papers. We can use Skype, Facetime or Messenger to get the ball rolling.
All the other paperwork will be completed just before and during your wedding so it’s not a problem for you to arrive a day or two before your wedding day and then head straight off on your honeymoon.
Please be aware that although same-sex marriages are legal in Australia, some countries may not recognise same-sex relationships, let alone marriage.
I’m happy to guide you through every step of the way, provide you with information on wedding professionals, venues, and anything else to make your dream wedding totally stress free. So feel free to ask any questions and if you live overseas, my special email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Now if you’re ready for a romantic journey and making many beautiful memories on your totally legal, Australian wedding day, I’m ready to help make your dream come true.