Overseas Couples

Wherever you’re from, you can get married in Sydney. Kate can easily look after all the paperwork and create your ceremony through face to face meetings with you, or over Skype, by phone, email or post.

1. Contact Me

The first step is to contact me to see if I am available on your preferred wedding date and to discuss the type of ceremony you would like. If you don’t quite know what you want, I can give you plenty of ideas to help you decide. I will also answer any questions that you may have about your ceremony.

We will then arrange an obligation free meeting via Skype to get to know each other and see if we are a fit.

2. 1st Meeting – Skype, Phone Or Email

During this first meeting we will discuss any ideas you have for your ceremony, your vows and the involvement of your friends and family.

Once you decide to go ahead with my services, a non-refundable booking fee is payable to secure the date, time and location of your ceremony.

I will then send to you a Notice of Intended Marriage form that you will need to fill out. This form must be lodged with me no more than 18 months and no less than one month and one day before your wedding.

I will also send you an information pack and an ideas and inspiration guide full of wonderful wedding ceremony options.

3. Communicate Over Email Or Skype

We will communicate via email or Skype to make sure your ceremony is exactly the way you want it.

4. 2nd Meeting – In Person

Once in Australia contact me to arrange a time to meet to finalise your paperwork. We can also carry out a rehearsal if you would like one.

At this meeting you will both will need to bring:

  • Passport or birth certificate or official extract.
  • If divorced – Divorce Order.
  • If annulled – Certificate of Nullity or Court Order.
  • If widowed – the death certificate of your previous spouse.
  • Photo identification – your passport.
  • Name change – Change of name certificate or Deed Poll certificate.

If you have changed your name from what is written on your birth certificate, you will require a legal document showing the change.

Please note: All documents must be the original document and in English. If they are not in English they will need to be translated and a certificate of translation is required. Please contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators. www.naati.com.au

If you can’t find your original documents, please see our FAQ page.

5. Your Wedding Day

On the day of your wedding I will marry you according to Australian law.

At the end of your ceremony you will be required to sign 3 marriage certificates, one for you, one for my records and one for the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.

You will need 2 people that are over the age of 18 to witness your ceremony and sign the marriage certificates.

Your ceremony will last between 15-30 minutes depending on the content that you choose.

After your ceremony I register your marriage with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

6. Obtain Official Marriage Certificate

After you are married you will need to obtain a stamped copy of your marriage certificate. This certificate is a legal document required for identification purposes eg: proof of mariage, opening bank accounts, renewing a passport etc.

Your stamped copy will be available on the next working day, from the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages.

35 Regent Street
Monday – Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm
Telephone: 1300 655 236

 If you are staying in Sydney after your wedding, or going on your honeymoon, there is no need to visit the Registry office. I will give you an application form to mail, or you can apply online to the office. The certificate takes approximately 2 weeks to get processed and sent to you.

7. Apostille Stamps And Authentications

If you are going to live overseas after your marriage as well as obtaining your stamped marriage certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages after you are married, you may also need an Apostille stamp or an Authentication.

The Apostille stamp and Authentication is a seal that is attached to your Marriage certificate that you received from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This stamp proves that the marriage certificate is in fact genuine.

Which one you require depends on the country you are from. To find out if you require one, contact your embassy or consulate in the country you live in before you come out to Australia.

The stamp takes 3 working days to be processed. No appointment is necessary as you will be able to lodge your certificate over the counter at any DFAT office. These offices are located in all capital cities in Australia. Or you can post your original stamped marriage certificate to them. It will take approximately 2-3 weeks. Please remember that they can only be obtained in Australia.

An Apostille stamp and an Authentication can be obtained from,

Sydney Passports Office
Gateway House. Henry Deane Place
Level 7, 26 Lee Street
Sydney NSW 2000 (near Central Railway Station)
Counter hours: 9.00am – 1.00pm, Monday–Friday

Postal address
Authentication Section
GPO Box 9807
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9207 6904

Apostille – $60
Authentication – $20

If Either Of You Are Applying For Immigration – Prospective Marriage Visa

First contact me to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage form. I will then send you a letter that is required to go with your visa application which you can then forward to the Australian consulate or embassy in the country where you live.

When you or your fiancé have been granted the Prospective Marriage Visa we will arrange a meeting and discuss your wedding plans.

For more info: www.immi.gov.au