destination wedding
Wedding Ideas,  Wedding Planning

Destination Wedding

Destination weddings – they are all the rage at the moment – and why not?  A beautiful location in a place that could double as your honeymoon…


It sounds idyllic!

But have you thought about the finer details?

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for having your wedding wherever you want to have it, but first, ask yourselves these questions:

  • Do you want to spend your honeymoon surrounded by family and friends?

It may sound like a great idea at the time and for some groups – it will be ideal, but think about how you’ve always wanted to spend your honeymoon and then consider if this is for you.

  • Will your family and friends be able to afford the overseas place you choose?

This can be an awkward and tricky conversation to have.  You don’t want to compromise on the day you want simply because one person can’t afford it.  So you need to weigh up what’s more important to you.

  •  How difficult will it be to find somebody to legally marry you in our country of choice?

Planning a destination wedding from a different town/city is difficult enough let alone a different country, and perhaps one where English is a second language if spoken at all.  Sure there are companies and organisations and hotels who will help you, but you won’t be able to meet the person who will marry you until the last minute.

  •  Will your marriage be legal once you return to Australia?

While overseas marriages cannot be registered in Australia, they would generally be recognised as a legal marriage if it is recognised by that country as a lawful marriage. For evidence of your overseas marriage, it is recommended that you obtain a marriage certificate from their registering authority before you leave that country. The marriage certificate may require an official translation if not in English.

Here are some links on getting married overseas that might be helpful:

Smart Traveller

Attorney General’s Office

Births, Deaths & Marriage – Western Australia

  • Can you register your marriage in Australia if you’re legally married in another country?

No (see the links above, then read the handy hint below)

Here is my handy hint…

What if I was to tell you that there is a very easy way for you to have your destination wedding cake and eat it too?

Step 1: Legally marry in an intimate/elopement ceremony in Australia before you go – you could even invite those who can’t make the overseas destination as your witnesses.

Remember:  You need to complete your Notice of Intended Marriage and lodge it with your celebrant one full calendar month before your ceremony can take place.

Step 2: Invite those friends and family who would like to/are able to travel to the destination country for a (non legal) ceremony.

Your destination ceremony, which should be called “A celebration of love” (as you can’t legally marry twice, nor pretend that it is a legal marriage when it isn’t) can be performed by somebody from the destination country – just make sure they realise that you are already married in Australia and that you don’t sign any legal marriage documents

This way your marriage is registered in Australia and there is no foreign red tape to get through; you haven’t offended any of your guests and there are no worries.


To make it even simpler, we could legally marry in Australia and then take me with you!  Ask me if I’m available… my passport is always at the ready and my bag is already packed! (T&Cs apply)

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