It is no surprise that the attraction of a destination wedding in an exotic location is quite alluring, and given the incidence of overseas weddings in such locations as Bali, Philippines, Vietnam, Fiji and Thailand is becoming more and more prevalent, Shannon found herself answering a lot of legal questions about the processes and what is involved.
Shannon’s advice to most is “With a little research, time and some good planning, anyone can have the perfect overseas wedding without any problems along the way. Getting married overseas is surprisingly simple in most destinations. In most cases, it’s all about paperwork and notification. However there are those odd cases where countries insist on the ceremony being performed in the local language or religion or that you reside for a length of time in their country prior to a marriage taking place in that country.
So, before you pack your passport and fly off overseas to get married, please understand that you need to comply with the country’s local marriage laws, as well as Australia’s, to ensure you will be legally married upon your return home.
Whichever country you decide on to hold your wedding, as soon as possible please contact the embassy or consulate of that country (within Australia) to establish the exact requirements. Then double, and triple check just to be safe! There would be nothing worse than arriving at customs in the country you intend to marry in, and being told that it’s not going to happen!”
So, if you are thinking about having an overseas wedding or celebration yourself, and would like more information on the legalities and process, then don’t hesitate to contact Shannon for advice or insight into making your day less stressful and more enjoyable for all.
Having conducted a number of overseas ceremonies, as well as assisting Australian couples to complete their legal paperwork before/after their overseas ceremonies, Shannon is quite experienced in ‘destination weddings.’
If you are looking for a fresh, modern and engaging celebrant who is prepared to travel, then Shannon could be for you.
Cebu – Philippines April 2018
Hong Kong – April 2018
Sri Lanka – 2019
Cook Islands – 2019