Eloping from overseas

The minute you say to each other "let's just elope" getting married becomes a very simple matter. You only have three decisions to make - where, when, and by whom.

Australia is a very easy country to marry in if you are a visitor from another country. And
Brisbane Queensland is a wonderful place to start your holiday and your married life. Top that off with an experienced and creative celebrant (an officiant appointed by the Australian Government to conduct legal marriage ceremonies) who is well-traveled, comfortable with different cultural expectations, and skilled at working with people at a distance, and you've got the makings of a wedding that will surpass your dreams.

In Brisbane the sun shines
300 days a year, and our climate allows outdoor activities all year round. Add a major international airport and convenient access to a wide range of wonderful waterfront locations, parks, gardens, as well as innumerable interesting indoor and outdoor locations, together with big city variety, and you have everything you need conveniently to hand and usually at a lower cost than you will pay back home. (For example, for the cost of a registry office ceremony in England you will have a creative and interesting ceremony in a lovely location, on a day and at a time you choose, with enough change for a night in a luxury hotel afterwards).  Best of all, the trees are green and flowers are in bloom all year round.

Making the arrangements
To arrange your marriage ceremony all you need to do is provide your celebrant with a properly completed, signed and witnessed Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before the ceremony can take place.  This can be completed in another country but in that case your signatures must be witnessed by an official at the Australian Embassy or Consulate, or by a Notary Public. There are no licenses to buy and no residential requirements - so you can marry the day you arrive.

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 and pay my fee.

No interviews are necessary (we can work entirely by email, phone, or airmail)

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
There are no rules in Australia about how and where you marry. 

  • You can be married day or night on any day of the year (24/7)
  • A legal marriage can be performed anywhere you choose so you can be married  in a park, by the river, in a restaurant, a private residence, a wedding chapel, on a beach, in an interesting historical building or even surrounded by kangaroos, koalas, water dragons or other wildlife
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. I can also help you with advice if you wish to have a professional photographer attend  your ceremony (a very good idea!), plus any other information you might need to make your dream wedding a reality.

Your marriage ceremony
There are no limitations on what you may include in a legal civil marriage in Australia.  Warm and Wonderful Weekday/Weekend Weddings, while not bespoke ceremonies are tailored to each individual couple so your wedding ceremony will be everything you could wish it to be.
With my help you can write your own vows, and make your wishes known about what elements of the traditional wedding ceremony you would like included. You will also choose the style of your wedding. Casual, fun, and laid back, or as formal as you like. It is up to you.


Don and Jenny from
                                              the UK after their wedding
                                              on the beachWe did not want any fuss and wanted a warm ceremony. You created both of these for us. We loved your ideas about including the children and small surprises on the day, eg copy of our vows and photo of rings on shells. Your sensitive humour made us feel relaxed. - Don and Jenny, who came from the UK to be married on the beach during a family holiday

Pam and Ken signing
                                            their marriage certificate
                                            after being married by
                                            Jennifer Cram Brisbane
                                            marriage celebrant

It was all very relaxed and although we had never actually met before you made us all feel very at ease. it was fun but with the serious element where necessary. You did a brilliant job. You gave an extremely personal service, tried very hard - and succeeded - to find us the right tree! Dealing with paperwork was clear and given the proper amount of solemnity. Thanks again for helping to make it such a lovely memory for us. - Pam and Ken who came from the Orkney Islands of the north coast of Scotland with the request that they be married under the largest tree possible. A fig tree was the logical choice.
    Alexander and
                                              Kristina with some of
                                              their guests                                                  Alexander &
                                                Kristina Wedding
Dear Jennifer, Thank you very much! Now we continue our holiday in Australia. Best regards - Alexander and Kristina, who married surrounded by Kangaroos the day after they arrived in Australia from Sweden and surprised family and friends back home with a very cuddly wedding  announcement sent by email      

Warm and Wonderful Weekday Weddings is a registered trading name BN 21657543
denoting a specific service type provided by
Jennifer Cram, Brisbane Marriage Celebrant and Civil Partnership Notary.
Ceremonies also conducted evenings and weekends.

Available only in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Redcliffe and Pine Rivers.
Terms and conditions apply.
Phone: 07 3378 3005
Email:  celebrant { at } warmandwonderfulweekdayweddings.com.au

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