|What are Visa Weddings? A wedding that results from a
visa being granted after Graham has assisted the couple with a special letter, to explain to the Department that issues Visa's, that you
plan to get married on a certain date, time and location, have lodged the
Notice of Intended Marriage and paid a booking fee. This is usually in
response to a request by yourself to apply for a Prospective Spouse Visa or
a Fiance Visa.
If you want to get married in Australia, and are not applying for a
Visa, the following will apply for you as well. I have married couples
from many countries of the world who are just passing through on holiday
(often meeting up with friends or family), or getting married here to
start their honeymoon here, or are here on a working holiday. Just you
do not need my special letter for a Visa that is all.
I will guide you (with plenty of experience) through the whole
Please note: I am not an expert on the Visa applications.
I am expert on the marriage/weddings side of things. As such I cannot
give you any advice about the Visas or Visa applications.
||For any time except Saturday
afternoons $370 AUD
Like all ceremonies that I conduct, you can have the ceremony that
you want - short and sweet, traditional, or contemporary. You make the
ceremony up so I know that is what you want. I will provide you with a
lot of support and ideas for the actual ceremony after you have your
The Legal Bits
Almost any eligible person can get married in Australia. The process is quite straight
forward. You do not have to be Australian citizens. See my testimonials from
some previous Visa weddings, and from couples where neither have been an
Australian citizen. See
separate sheet with details on.
Getting married in Australia is quite straight forward. You simply have
to lodge a
Notice of Intended Marriage Form (NIM) with me at least one month
and one day before you get married. If you are unable to have me witness
your signatures , there is a list of people on page 4 who are authorised to
do this, so you can get a person with that title to witness your signatures.
Then send it off to me.
The sooner I get the NIM, the sooner you get that all important letter to
assist with your application.
Australia has a "very friendly" approach to people planning to get
married. Friendly as they do not impose silly impediments to getting
married. So to get married in Australia one has to satisfy the following
conditions - see checklist below.
You will need to - before you get married in Australia -
Notice of Intended Marriage
||At least one month and
one day before you get married. This date starts when you either fax
the NIM to me or I receive it in the post or in person. ONLY ONE
Person needs to sign the NIM initially to be able to LODGE it with
Graham. You lodge the NIM with Graham, who holds onto it until you
are married, then he passes it onto the Registrar of Births, Deaths
and Marriages to register your wedding.
|Prove your identity and age
||Non Australian Passport
( that is any passport other than an Australian passport) or
Official Birth Certificate or original Extract of Birth Certificate.
Remember these must be the original documents. I only have to
|Prove you are not married and are free to marry
||if you have been married
before you need to provide official Certificate of Divorce, or Death
certificate of spouse, or Court Certificate nullifying the previous
If you have not
been married before just tell me and you have to sign a Statutory
declaration just before you marry to confirm that this is true. We
do not require a proof of Marriage certificate here in Australia
|Prove your current name
||if your name is
different to your birth name - I need to sight an official Change of
Name certificate, or Divorce or Death Certificate.
If you cannot provide some or all of the above details we are allowed to
ask you to provide a separate Statutory Declaration as to the details. This
applies to where the information is NOT available to a person eg through
displacement or war. Normally, not having enough time is not a reason for
using a Statutory Declaration.
Other things to consider
Note 1 - both parties need to understand the ceremony. So an
interpreter may be required. It does not have to be an 'official'
interpreter but it has to be a person who is conversant in both languages
used at the ceremony. The interpreter will need to sign a declaration to
this effect. Click here for a
list of official
interpreters in Australia
Note 2 - in Australia we do not generally require Apostile's or Proof of
Never Having Been Married. However if in doubt - please enquire.
Note 3 - if you are unable to provide some of the above proof, then please
contact Graham as soon as you can.
Also - you need to have the witnessed Notice of Intended Marriages to me
at least one month and one day before you plan to get married. This can be
by fax from anywhere in the world, and then posted to me by registered mail