In 2015, there were 113,595 marriages registered in Australia. Of the number, 54.2 percent of couples married were both born in Australia, 31.9 percent were born in different countries, and 13.9 percent were born in the same overseas country.
These statistics only proves that the land down under is one of the best destinations for your wedding. Whether you are a local or a tourist, you are more than welcome to get married in such beautiful country and pose for pre-nuptial shots in its picturesque urban landscapes and breathtaking romantic beaches.
If you are planning to get married in Australia, you will need to know all the details to prepare for your big day.
Anyone who is eligible to marry may do so in Australia. To be legally married, you and your spouse-to-be must complete the Form 14 Declarations (Statutory Declarations).
These forms state that:
There is no residency requirement and waiting period to get married in Australia. However, a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) must be filed with your celebrant (a legally authorised conductor of weddings) at least a month but no more than 18 months before the date of your wedding.
You must send original birth certificates and passports with the signed NOIM or show these documents once you arrive in Australia. If in case you don’t have a passport and your birth certificate has been lost or destroyed and you can’t obtain a new one, you may fill in a Statutory Declaration.
Divorce or death certificate is also required if you are divorced or widowed. You must also provide proof of how your previous marriage ended.
Authorized marriage celebrants perform weddings in Australia. Celebrants can be from religious or may not be affiliated with any religions. They preside over the ceremony, are present at the exchanging of vows and sign the legal papers for the marriage.
The wedding vows are a legal requirement. According to the Marriage Act of 1961, it must
mention the following points to be considered so:
You may lengthen the legal vows to include personal promises as long as you like. These vows must be spoken at your ceremony, before your witnesses, otherwise your marriage may not be valid.
Your celebrant will prepare three certificates after your wedding ceremony. These are to be signed by you, the celebrant and your witnesses.
These documents are the:
Same-sex marriages are not currently recognised in Australia. The Marriage Amendment Act of 2004 added a clause to the Marriage Act of 1961 to explicitly ban gay marriage, stating that marriage is “the union of a man and woman to the exclusion of all others.” Despite a number of legislative attempts to change the clause, no further resolutions on the issue have been passed.
For most weddings today, couples are no longer limited by traditions. They want their wedding to be a reflection of who they are, but most of the time, what the bride wants!
John Masina from Eschol Park House says that whilst 95 percent of brides still prefer traditional wedding bouquets, with so many Garden Ceremonies and brides walking down the aisle for the second time, sometimes the urge to mix it up is hard to resist.
There is already a myriad of alternatives to the traditional blooms and if you are in search of options, here are some 19 non-flower wedding bouquet ideas that you can consider for your big day.
1. Book Pages
It's hard to let go of your favorite novel – what more tear and cut them out? But, if it's for the sake of your wedding, why not?
A brooch bouquet adds a vintage charm to your wedding day. It's also a perfect way to include your great grandmother’s heirlooms on your wedding.
3. Cotton Balls and Burlaps
Gone are the days when cotton balls stay in the medicine kit, they now also exist to be in your wedding bouquet. Incorporate it with some burlap to get that rustic fix.
HISTORIC ESCHOL PARK HOUSE: WEDDING OPEN DAY (SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH)
On Sunday June 26th, the Historic Eschol Park House will be open to the public for couples looking to tie the knot and explore its beautiful historic home. Eschol Park House is the perfect venue with luscious gardens and original water feature, and boasts three beautifully appointed rooms catering from 40 guests in his sun-filled Garden Room and up to 180 guests in the Queen Victoria Ballroom. With on-site ceremony location if desired, combined with 200 years of history and 25 years of weddings, it is easy to see why this is one of the most talked about locations in the Macarthur region.
Location: Historic Eschol Park House, 14 Eschol Park Drive, Eschol Park NSW 2558
Time: 10am - 2pm
What: A showcase of the Eschol Park House venue beautifully styled, and an opportunity to meet some local suppliers.
LAUREN + TARRANT (SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TH, 2016)
On a wonderful winters afternoon, the gorgeous Lauren and Tarrant said "i do" in a simply stunning setting.
Garden Ceremony will sun shining beautifully.
Aerial shot from the talented Chris - The Moment Photography
Our gorgeous Victorian Fountain
Yes I can see the sun breaking through the lush green gardens!
So much charm and elegance and the photo opportunities are endless!
Simply breathtaking set up in our Regency Room! Pure magic!
The Gentleman Magician, Bruce Glen presents "Supernatural Events". This is a unique combination of theatre, magic and storytelling unlike everything you have ever seen, heard or imagined. To be held on October 31, 2014, 7:00 PM..
Date: 30 September 2014. This fun filled event includes an adults high tea and a packed picnic box for the children to enjoy, as well as a range of entertainment. Held in the grounds of the elegant Eschol Park House.