Marriage in Australia for Overseas Visitors and Foreign Partners

Marriage in Australia

To Marry in Australia, you must be over 18 years of age, not be legally married to another person, and not be in a prohibited relationship, details of which are set out in the Notice of Intention to Marry.

If you are a tourist to Australia, and looking to have a lovely destination wedding here, then you have arrived in a country that has one of the simplest processes in place for you!  All the arrangements can be made from your country via email, and final arrangements made on your arrival in your chosen location.

Destination Noosa Heads Australia!

Destination Noosa Heads Australia!

To Marry in Australia,

you must complete a Notice of Intended Marriage and have it to your celebrant at least one month prior to the date you wish to marry.  If you are in Australia, you can sign the Notice in front of your celebrant, or find a JP, Police Officer or other eligible witness, as per page 4 of the Notice.  You can scan and email the Notice to your celebrant for lodgement.  If you are OVERSEAS, you will need to find a Notary Public (generally a lawyer in a large Law Firm), or head to your closest Australian Consulate office, and have your signatures witnessed, (as per page 4 (b) ) and then scan and email to your celebrant.  Your celebrant will require the original Notice before the ceremony takes place. 

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Documents Required to Marry in Australia

You can show your celebrant your passport on meeting, any time prior to the ceremony.  Documents are not required at time of lodging the Notice of Intent to Marry, but must be sighted before the ceremony takes place.  You could also provide your Birth certificate, which is very helpful in completing documents, but not essential.  Your celebrant will provide more detailed information on requirements.  If you are divorced or widowed, you will need to provide proof of finalization of divorce, or a death certificate in relation to your previous husband/wife.

If documents are in a foreign language, they will need to have legal translations provided.

This is all a simple process and, there are NO EXTRA GOVERNMENT FEES FOR FOREIGNERS

If you are an Australian citizen, and your fiancee is a foreigner, you may be required to produce a letter from your celebrant confirming a valid Notice of Intention to Marry has been lodged, and a date confirmed for the marriage to take place.  I provide this letter at no extra cost.

Some countries require you to obtain a certified Marriage Certificate with an 'Apostille' stamp on it, after the marriage... I can assist you with the application forms for these documents.  

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Marry in Noosa Heads Australia for $450

This is my fee for your elopement style wedding in Australia.  If you would like to have hair and make up for approx $150 see Debbie from  Beauty on The Move and for your memories, some photos from Leah for as little as $250 Leah Cohen Photo   I will give you ideas for other wedding experiences you might like (gondola wedding, accommodation options, dining options, flowers, sunset cruise etc).  But with the simple ceremony provisions above, your wedding has cost a total of $850 (au)- how good is that!!   I also download and play your wedding song, and bring along a lovely lectern with florals for signing the paperwork.

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To Marry in Australia - Sunshine Coast

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Noosa Elopement Packages

For wonderful, romantic, simple, all-in-one elopement packages, including celebrant fee, council permit, decorations, hair and makeup, floral bouquet, dining experience, expert advice on locations, professional photography, and videography (you choose how much you want!), Noosa has the best of providers with Noosa Weddings, Elope to Noosa, Elopements Noosa, or, Noosa Wedding Ring.

Elope To Noosa

Elope To Noosa

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Noosa Heads Ceremony Venue Sites (Hastings Street Precinct)

Noosa Heads boasts wedding ceremony locations that are on par with any location in the world.  What makes Noosa an even more desirable destination, are the many sights to see and things to do, creating an amazing way to spend quality time with family and friends in a relaxing and beautiful location.

Noosa Main Beach West

Noosa Main Beach West

Many couples like to choose from the Noosa Main Beach 'Groves', with the stunning and iconic Noosa Heads beach backdrop.  Comfortably set on beautifully maintained lawns, with gorgeous shady trees above, and sand and surf behind.  Each Grove has something a little different to offer.  I will start with the largest area (suitable for 500 guests, if you had that many!).  Positives:  Large area, stunning tree for photos after, steps to ceremony (great for pics).

Maison La Plage Grove Noosa Heads - standard set up position (morning ceremony has shade)

Maison La Plage Grove Noosa Heads - standard set up position (morning ceremony has shade)

One of the issues I have found with a standard set up at Maison La Plage Grove, is with afternoon weddings when the sun is shining brightly.  The sun will be directly on the faces of the groom and groomsmen, with the bride's face in the shade.  This poses two problems - the sun in the Groom's eyes, and difficult lighting for your wedding photographer to get the best photos.  You can set up on an angle to the left, which works well, or as in the photo below under the tree.  Under the tree, however, you will only be able to have 2 chairs either side of the aisle. Best to meet with stylist and celebrant to select set up.

Maison La Plage Grove Noosa Heads Under Tree position

Maison La Plage Grove Noosa Heads Under Tree position

Next to Maison La Plage Grove, is 'Casuarina Gardens', suitable for smaller and more intimate gatherings, with an added bonus - a tucked away, sheltered area next door for those windy days we occasionally get in Spring.

Casuarina Gardens, Noosa Heads

Casuarina Gardens, Noosa Heads

Casuarina Gardens Noosa Heads

Casuarina Gardens Noosa Heads

A short stroll from Casuarina is 'Hidden Grove', named due to it's more private location.  Also better if the bride is arriving by vehicle, as the main car parking area is close by, Suitable for up to 100 guests.

Hidden Grove Noosa Heads

Hidden Grove Noosa Heads

Right next door to Hidden Grove is Laguna Grove, with the same outlook, just not quite so private.  If you book either Hidden Grove or Laguna Grove with the council, they will not issue a permit to anyone else, to ensure exclusivity of this area on your day.

Noosa Main Beach West, Between Beach access 14 and Beach access 15.  This is a more rustic beach location, with sand underfoot and lovely old Casuarina trees creating a gorgeous beachy layback vibe.  Just off the carpark area, you very much have the beach right behind you.

Noosa Main Beach West, beach #14/15.  Photo by Luke Middlemiss Photography, decor by Twig and Grace

Noosa Main Beach West, beach #14/15.  Photo by Luke Middlemiss Photography, decor by Twig and Grace

Noosa Main Beach West, Beach access #12 offers the full sand-in-toes beach wedding experience.  Love this location, as there is a really spacious car park devoted just to this area, and a concrete footpath through the trees to get down to the sand.  Best after 4 p.m. with softer light, and after the surf schools have packed up for the day.  Absolutely love this spot! (Shoes need to come off for this location, so have a blanket  for those stillettos!)

Noosa Main Beach West Beach Access 12 

Noosa Main Beach West Beach Access 12 

Little Cove Beach, Noosa Heads, is really only suitable for small and intimate weddings, such as elopements, as there is very limited access for set-up, there is no shade, and is subject to tides (and sometimes sand is washed away). Highly recommended to head to Little Cove however, after your ceremony elsewhere, for gorgeous sunset shots.

Photo captured by Lindy photography elopement at Little Cove Beach

Photo captured by Lindy photography elopement at Little Cove Beach

Little Cove Noosa Heads

Little Cove Noosa Heads

Little Cove Deck is a lovely spot for a small and intimate gathering, although no more than 15 guests.  Gorgeous views, but not good in the morning, due to the sun coming in from the East. If the surf is up, you will have surfers using the staircase close by, but by evening it is lovely.

First Point Noosa Heads, is also only suitable for a very small gathering, and not in the morning due to the direct sun.

'Sandy Cove', not yet named with the council, but located at the far point of the 'Doggy Beach', and best access is really only by boat, so loads of fun for guests if booking a 'secret' getaway wedding on board one of Noosa's unique river craft. It is like having your own private sand island. Elopements with Gondolas of Noosa, or larger weddings with the Noosa Ferry, Noosa Queen, Noosa River and Canal Cruises, or  onboard the Catalina Cruises.

'Sandy Cove', Noosa Heads, accessible only by boat

'Sandy Cove', Noosa Heads, accessible only by boat

Noosa Woods Park, Noosa Woods Grove, and Noosa Woods Bay.   Let's start with Noosa Woods Park.  When you book Noosa Woods Park with council, you have a choice of a few set up locations, as in the photos below. I personally think this is the prime wedding ceremony site.  Although, I know when couples look at it undecorated, it really looks not particularly inviting. My first photo shows the gorgeous backdrop.  Why is it my favourite?  You will have the entire park area to choose your ceremony location.  Best position, I believe, is the far left corner, where the river canal flows around towards the jetty area. You will have privacy, great views, and shelter from those September/October winds.  Having the Jetty nearby is also a plus, especially if, as a bride, you wish to arrive by boat (see Noosa Dreamboat  or Gondolas of Noosa ), or, have your guests taken from the ceremony site to your waterfront Reception Venue onboard Noosa Ferry

Noosa Woods Park just next to the Jetty 

Noosa Woods Park just next to the Jetty 

Noosa Woods Park Left corner

Noosa Woods Park Left corner

Noosa Woods Park near Jetty

Noosa Woods Park near Jetty

Noosa Woods Park Tree is gorgeous, and looks amazing in photos, but I find the road noise can be an issue.  I would recommend the above site for the ceremony, with the tree used in your photographs later.

Noosa Woods Park 'The Tree'

Noosa Woods Park 'The Tree'

Noosa Woods Bay.  Wonderfully and idyllically set amongst the trees, but really only for small gatherings.  Lovely backdrop of the Bay with Noosa Yachts scattered on the water.  Parking at Noosa Woods Park, or opposite Beach access 13. 

Noosa Woods Bay

Noosa Woods Bay

Noosa Woods Grove is very private, encircled by lovely foliage, and close to the amenities.  The only drawback is you do get some road noise.  Apologies - I do not have a photo of this wedding location, but will show you an Ariel photo of the Hastings Street Precinct Ceremony Sites. 

Hastings Street Precinct Ceremony locations

Hastings Street Precinct Ceremony locations

I'm not sure why, but the Lions Park Noosa Heads, on Noosa Parade just across from the bus station is not promoted by council as a wedding site, but in my mind is a brilliant location. (Exception Christmas and Easter when it is used as a public carpark).  A huge area, plenty of shade, very sheltered from winds,and right on the Noosa River, so wonderful for arrival of the bride by boat.  Also a very easy walk to all Hastings Street accommodation and reception venues, so no transport required for guests staying in the precinct. I love it - and it is available. You just have to create the location on your application for a wedding permit.

Lions Park Noosa Woods.  Not the best photo to show the area, but a great option for weddings of all sizes.

Lions Park Noosa Woods.  Not the best photo to show the area, but a great option for weddings of all sizes.

Permits for all these sites can be obtained from the Noosa Council Website

Council Permit fees are as follows:  Locations are separated into two areas – Noosa Main Beach Foreshore – 3 hour permit (comprising Maison la Plage, Seahaven Grove, Sandcastles Grove, Casuarina Gardens, Hidden Grove and Laguna Grove only) and All Other Locations – 2 hour permit (which also includes Little Cove, First Point, Beach Access 11 and 14 and Noosa Woods).

River Entrance - this is a beautiful location for a sunset ceremony, but rather exposed and hot at other times of the day.  It IS on sand, and subject to tides, but the best sunset location in Noosa.

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My next blogs will be devoted to ceremony sites around and near Noosa Heads; Ceremony and Reception venue all-in-one Noosa locations; and then on to general Sunshine Coast ceremony sites and venues.

For more information on Noosa Heads wedding ceremony locations, see Noosa Wedding Organisation.

Activities for your guests during their stay in Noosa can be found on the Visit Noosa Website.  Noosa Restaurants, bars, water activities, Eumundi Markets, Day Spas, Golf courses, fishing charters, surf lessons, National Park walks, scuba diving, snorkelling, etc. etc...  Must do things, in my book, are the Noosa Queen sunset cruise, at $10 per head, with a fully stocked bar on board, you will need to give them a call and check what time you need to be there, as once they are full, off they head!  My other recommendation is the incredible Noosa Everglades.  For those who enjoy the exercise, this is best experienced by Kayak - see the visit noosa site for the kayak hire options - or for a very informative experience, with the Noosa Discovery Group where you will also see their Fraser Island experience tours. A Noosa Wedding, is truly a remarkable and memorable experience - enjoy!!

The 'Heads' of Noosa Heads as a backdrop...  photo by jaseimages.com.au

The 'Heads' of Noosa Heads as a backdrop...  photo by jaseimages.com.au

Destination Wedding Australia - Byron Bay? Whitsundays? Noosa Heads/Sunshine Coast?

NOOSA HEADS AND SUNSHINE COAST, FOR SURE!! From Registry style ceremony - just you, 2 witnesses, your celebrant and a beach from $380 to a beautiful, elegant beach wedding with bridal party, and your guests gathered from around the world!  Noosa & the Sunny Coast offer the perfect romantic getaway, with so many wonderful restaurants, water activities, the famous Eumundi Markets, beautiful National Parks, and a sparkling ocean you can safely swim and dive in all year round, without need for protection. With our domestic airport on the coast, and Brisbane airport only one hour away, it simply doesn't get better than Noosa & the Sunshine Coast.  For awesome things for you and your guests to enjoy take a look at Visit Sunshine Coast and also Visit Noosa

Australia has one of the simplest and cost effective marriage processes of any destination in the world. My fees will be exactly the same as they are in any of my packages, starting from Registry style from $380 au. Take a look at my fees and packages, to find one to suit your  situation.  You will need to download the Notice of Intended Marriage, and arrange for your signature to be witnessed.  Ensure you read page 4 (a) if you are overseas, and 4 (b) if you reside in Australia. You will need to contact me to arrange lodgement of the Notice. Once I have the Notice, it is valid for 18 months, and you can marry at any time within that period.  Please note, Australian law requires the Notice to be lodged at least one month before the ceremony takes place.  I have 6 years experience as a Registrar, within the registry office, and over 20 years as a government authorised celebrant / officiant.  I only perform ceremonies in Noosa Heads and on the Sunshine Coast.  Otherwise, there will be an additional travel and accommodation fee. Contact me to ask about the best location to suit your needs.

My basic packages are legal and ceremony only, which is all you might require!  To assist you with the best Noosa Wedding Packages, so all you need to do is buy a dress and turn up, here are a few links to assist you with creating your perfect wedding memory... If stunning photographs & beautiful memories with one of Australia's leading photographers is important, then you might be excited to have a package by Lindy Elopements

If being pampered with relaxing pre-wedding massage and champagne, a romantic dinner for two, bouquet, photographer, celebrant, hair & makeup, and ceremony site for starters appeals to you,then Shiree from Elopements Noosa might have just what you are looking for!

Elopements Noosa with Shiree
Elope to Noosa

Just book the package, buy a dress and turn up!  Kristy and Nikki at Elope to Noosa have stunning packages, with an amazing team of wedding professionals behind the scenes putting together the perfect simple wedding for you. 

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First Class Functions have complete packages to suit wedding groups from 2 to 200 guests. Many happy couples from overseas and interstate have left all their wedding arrangements in the safe hands of the very experienced and professional team at First Class Functions. They will happily quote to cater for your custom and personally designed wedding needs.  This particular set up above, was created by First Class Functions, for Elope to Noosa - yes, here on the Sunshine Coast, our providers all have wonderful relationships...