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How to get married in Australia

People living inter-state and overseas are welcome to get married in Australia. There are no special requirements or restrictions. You can read more about the legal requirements here.


As an authorised Australian marriage celebrant, Laura Craddock can provide all the necessary information and legal paperwork to ensure a smooth, stress-free Sydney wedding.

Your dream Sydney wedding


Sydney, Australia is famous for its vibrant harbour, welcoming hospitality and sparkling beaches. It is the perfect place for your destination wedding.​

Sydney is ideal for couples who:

  • Live overseas, but wish to marry in Australia

  • Want a combined wedding & honeymoon in idyllic Sydney

  • Wish to elope while on holiday in Sydney

  • Were married elsewhere, but want to celebrate their commitment with Australian family & friends.

Laura is one of Sydney's most sought-after marriage celebrants. She writes and performs warm, modern and personalised wedding ceremonies. Read more about Laura.

Expert celebrant assistance

As an authorised Australian marriage celebrant Laura Craddock will guide you through all the legal steps required to get married in Australia.

Laura can arrange to meet with you via Phone, Skype, FaceTime, Messenger or WhatsApp. There will be plenty of opportunities to get to know each other and for you to ask questions. The Ceremony Information Pack can be emailed (available after booking) and this provides a step-by-step guide to arranging the wedding

Prior to getting married, Laura will help you complete a Notice of Intended Marriage. This must be lodged with Laura no less than one month prior to your wedding (valid for 18 months).

At the wedding you are required to have two legal witnesses present who speak English and are 18-years or over). Contact Laura if you don't know anyone in Sydney who could act as a witness.


Paperwork for foreign governments

At the wedding you will receive an Australian Commonwealth Government marriage certificate. This is legal proof of your marriage. It is recommended that couples living overseas also obtain an optional Marriage Certificate issues by NSW Births, Deaths & Marriages.


Some foreign governments will also require additional authentication such as an Apostille stamp on the marriage certificate. Speak to Laura if this is required.

As a general rule, an Australian marriage will be recognised around the world.

Where to get married in Australia

Sydney is one of Australia's most popular destinations. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House provide a stunning back-drop for wedding ceremonies and photographs.


As a lifelong Sydney-sider, Laura can suggest beautiful locations for your perfect Australian marriage. She can help fulfil your dream to marry on Sydney Harbour, at a beach, in a park or even at your hotel.


Dreaming of getting married on a beach or having a lush garden wedding? Many Sydney parks and venues need to be booked in advance. Laura can refer you to relevant councils and authorities to arrange this.

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