Getting married in Australia is
super simple . No Licence is needed!
You don't need a
Australia is rare in that no marriage licence is
needed in order to be married. You don't have to
go to some sort of government office and apply
(and pay) for permission to be married.
In Australia all you have to do is fill in the Notice of
, and lodge it, duly
signed and witnessed, with your Marriage
Celebrant. Your celebrant can witness your
signatures, as can a very short list of other
people, and it has to be in your celebrant's hands
at least a full month before your wedding date.
No Licensed Venue is
unlike some other countries, the place you choose
for your wedding does not have to be licensed for
the purpose. You can get married anywhere, public
or private, indoors or out.
What this means is that, if you are having a very
small wedding, you don't have to book or pay for a
venue. One option is to meet with your celebrant
and your witnesses
at a coffee shop, order a coffee, and quietly do
the deed. I've done this numerous times with
couples and, because "meetings" where people might
sign a bit of paperwork are quite common in a cafe
or coffee shop, no-one turns a hair.
I rather like when a couple picks a coffee shop
for its very relevant name (like the Forget Me Not
Cafe on Honour Avenue) or because it is oh, so
instagrammable. But you can be married in your own
home, a local park, or at work in the lunch room,
if you so choose. For larger, more formal weddings
you'll want a longer, more personalised ceremony,
and a venue that can accommodate that. There are
many venues around Brisbane that make a business
of hosting weddings. I'm happy to talk you through
some options. And I'm always thrilled when a
couple comes up with a venue that's quirky and new