It might be Melbourne Cup Day in some parts of Australia, but for one couple based in country Victoria, today is their wedding day at Pavilion on Pirates on Tasmania's idyllic Tasman Peninsula.
In fact it's very popular to travel to Tasmania for your wedding. Whether you grew up here, you and your partner are from different cities and want a 'neutral' destination to gather together your nearest and dearest, OR you simply love the idea of coming to Tasmania for a memorable experience, this can easily be done.
You might be surprised that approximately 35% of my weddings involve couples travelling to Tasmania from interstate or overseas. So what exactly do they have to do, what paperwork is required and how do the formalities get addressed?
Your first step is to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage. There is a list of authorised people on the back of the Notice, who can witness your signatures. i am happy to accept a scanned copy as long as the original either makes its way by 'snail mail' or accompanies you when you come for the wedding.
You also need to show some identity documents, either your birth certificates and photo ID, or your passports (which contain photo ID). I like these to also be scanned, BUT you also need to bring the original documents with you so I can sight them. (Some people may also need to provide evidence of the end of their previous marriage.)
As long as a Notice of Intended Marriage is in my hands, you can plan your ceremony for one month (or later) down the track! I then guide you through how to use my website to access a swag of ideas and wording, and we work together to create the ceremony you are after.... all this can be done before you even start packing your suitcases!