Eloping from interstate

 
Winter weddings in Brisbane are a popular choice for couples escaping from wintry weather down south. But any time of the year getting married in Brisbane and surrounds can be a romantic and memorable way to marry with meaningful simplicity. So, whether you've decided to have a weddingmoon and get married on your honeymoon, or whether you've decided that the hassle of a big wedding on your home territory is just not for you, the minute you say to each other "let's just elope" you only have three decisions to make - where, when, and who by. You also need to make sure you check out the legal requirements as you must comply with the notice period and the requirement to show your celebrant official documents proving your identity, date of birth and that you are free to marry.
Choosing where to marry
Brisbane and surrounds provide you with a rich assortment of places to marry. I've married couples from interstate and overseas on the balcony off their hotel room, in beautiful public parks and gardens, in rotundas, intimate chapels, bushland settings (with wildlife as a bonus) and overlooking the beach. If you let me know the type of venue you have in mind it will be my pleasure to suggest some places that meet your criteria and are within easy access of your accommodation. While eloping to a romantic overseas destination has a lot of appeal, but there can be pitfalls:
  • Australia is one of the few countries where there is no residence requirement as long as the required Notice has been given. Some countries have a lengthy residence requirement before you can legally marry.
  • European countries require a legal civil marriage before any religious or symbolic wedding ceremony. Town Hall weddings can be a dry as dust recitation of your legal obligations without any romance at all.
  • Many countries require extensive paperwork such as Certificates of No Impediment, together with a range of medical reports (blood tests,  pregnancy  test, and so on) - both time-consuming and expensive.
While an overseas legal  marriage will generally be recognised in Australia (but you need to check that to be sure) it is not registered here, so when you get back home you will find that, in order to change your name you will have to go through a legal name change before government departments will change your documentation.

Making the arrangements
To book your wedding with me you will need to contact me to ensure I am available on your chosen day, complete my booking form, pay my fee, and send me a signed and witnessed Notice of Intended Marriage. No interviews are necessary (we can work entirely by email, phone, or  snail mail).

Your marriage ceremony
Warm and Wonderful Weddings are tailored to each individual couple so your wedding ceremony will be everything you could wish it to be.

Witnesses
By law there must be two adult witnesses. It is in your interest to ensure that these witnesses are independent of the celebrant. Talk to me about how you can organise witnesses if you aren't bringing your witnesses with you.
 
Steve and I would like to thank you for making our day perfect. Coming from another state and dealing purely by email couldn't have been easier. Prompt responses to my emails put my mind at ease & showed me that we had picked the best celebrant to perform our ceremony. Angie and Friends celebrating after the wedding. Jenny, you wrote the vows perfectly and said them with the passion that was required. When we first met you on our day you were so lovely. Words can't really express our gratitude for your professionalism.  Thank you thank you thank you. Would recommend your services to everyone. - Angie & Steve who eloped from interstate with a few friends, married in Brisbane, and then sailed off on the rest of their Pacific cruise