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Eloping in Australia from Overseas

Brisbane City Celebrants frequently assist couples based overseas to elope in Australia, often one of the marrying persons is based overseas and the other is in Australia and sometimes both persons are based overseas and planning to arrive in Australia just days before their wedding will take place.

Here we outline the process for overseas couples to marry in Australia.

First and foremost, it’s important to be aware that:

In Australia, a marriage can only take place if the official marriage paperwork form known as the NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage) form is received by the Celebrant no less than 1 calendar month before the date of the marriage.

This however doesn’t stop couples based overseas from planning a wedding in Australia, even if they are only arriving in Australia a day or two before the marriage take place.

QUESTION: Does one or both of us need to be a resident or citizen of Australia to get married in Australia?

There are no requirements to be an Australia resident or citizen to get married in Australia, so anyone whether living here or simply planning a visit to Australia that has completed the following paperwork process within the required time frame can marry.



For your convenience, we use an online program, which allows all couples to complete their details via an online form. All details then get pre-populated in to the NOIM form, which we then check has been completely correctly, before returning to you as a PDF document to print.  

Once printed, the NOIM form must be signed by the marrying person/s, in the presence of an authorised person as listed below in the country you are based in.

The Attorney General advises that you would need one of the following to witness you signing the NOIM form:
A Notice of Intended Marriage form signed outside Australia must be signed in the presence of either:
- an Australian Diplomatic Officer;
- an Australian Consular Officer;
- a notary public;
- an employee of the Commonwealth authorised under para 3(c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955;
- an employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorised under para 3(d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955.
Question: I am based in Brisbane, and my fiancé is overseas, how do we both sign the NOIM form?

If one of the marrying persons is not reasonably able to have their signature witnessed by one of the above, the Celebrant is permitted to accept the NOIM with just one of the parties’ signatures, with the second signature on the official NOIM form, witnessed by the Celebrant on arrival in the country.

So if one of the marrying persons is based in Australia, we can simply meet with them to lodge the NOIM, with the overseas based persons signature to follow on their arrival in Australia.

The signed and witnessed NOIM form can be accepted by the Celebrant electronically, and you can bring the original version with you, or you can post the original to your Celebrant.

The date your Celebrant receives the signed and witnessed NOIM either electronically or by mail, is the date your NOIM form is officially lodged with us.

You are then able to marry any time from 1 month after that date that your NOIM form was lodged with us.



Now for the fun stuff, we can make an appointment, either by phone, Skype or Facetime to discuss the kind of ceremony you would like and anything you would like to include within your ceremony.

We will talk you through ideas, ask questions and make suggestions to ensure they are on the same page when it comes to creating the kind of ceremony you have in mind. Brisbane elopements can be traditional and heartfelt or simple, intimate, relaxed and fun. It is so important to us that you enjoy your ceremony.

Once your payment to secure the date has been received we provide you with a copy if your ceremony wording for your review.

Some couples, particularly those applying for a fiancé visa require a letter from us, their Celebrant for immigration purposes to confirm the NOIM form has been lodged and the date has been booked. We are happy to provide this as soon as the NOIM and payment have been received.



When you arrive in Australia you will need to make a time to meet with us in person to:

-        Provide the original signed and witnessed NOIM form, if this hasn’t already been mailed to us;

-        For your Celebrant to sight your ID (passport, or Birth Certificate + Drivers Licence) and if applicable evidence of previous marriage ending;

-        To both sign a form called ‘The Declaration’ declaring there is no legal reason why you can’t marry each other. We will have this form printed and pre-completed with all your details ready for you to sign;*

-        Confirm the finer details of your ceremony.


*Another benefit of using the online form program provided by many Celebrants, is all the required forms, including the declaration and marriage certificates are pre-populated which ensures accuracy and saves us all lots of time completing multiple forms.



Once the above legal paperwork has been attended to, and your ceremony design and wording has been finalised, you can relax and enjoy the amazing experience of eloping in Australia!


While we provide you with a marriage certificate on the day of your wedding. You may require your official marriage certificate, issued by the department that process your marriage (BDM QLD) as evidence of your marriage. Often this is required for the purpose of changing your last name or as part of visa applications.

We can assist you with the process of applying for this certificate. This can be posted to you in Australia or overseas.


For more information view the legal requirements to get married in Australia.

Brisbane elopement Celebrants Cara and Jamie would love to assist you in planning your Australian wedding from overseas. Contact us now to get the ball the rolling!

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Phone, Skype, and FaceTime meetings are available for interstate and overseas based couples. Meeting days and times are usually as follows: 

  • Wednesday Evenings
  • Thursday Evenings
  • Saturday Mornings
  • Sunday Mornings


Other days and times including early morning (Brisbane time) Skype/ FaceTime or phone meetings are available by request.

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