Destination Wedding: Sydney, Australia

Whether you want to whisper your vows in the shadow of Sydney’s iconic Opera House, wish to sway to the beat of a steel drum on the beaches of Bondi, or want a downtown wedding fit for a princess with views of the Harbor, Sydney is one of the most beautiful backdrops any wedding couple can hope for.

Expensive, yet exquisite, here are a few things to know about tying the knot in this dream destination.

Best Places to Tie the Knot

Le Montage: Contemporary, modern, and luxe, Le Montage always tops the list for DW brides looking to blow the socks off her guests. Nestled on the edge of Iron Cove Bay, couples can choose from five different rooms to fit their guest list needs. With gardens lining the waterfront and a resume spanning 38 years, you can trust your event will be flawless at this modern event space.

Taronga Centre: If you are coming to Sydney to have that famous Sydney Harbor backdrop in your wedding photos, then the Taronga centre is the venue for you. With 180-degree views of the sparkling bay, Opera House and Harbor Bridge, this zoo (don’t worry the animals are far from the site) has indoor and outdoor reception facilities and was rated in the top three wedding destination venues by Vogue magazine.

Eling Forest Winery: Built in the traditional Australian Colonial Style, this winery has overnight accommodations and rolling Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Rose vineyards in the background. Perfect for intimate weddings, like most destination weddings, this Southern Highland historic site is one of the most iconic, quiet, and serene in all of Sydney.

Swiss Grand Resort, Bondi Beach: With panoramic views of one of Australia’s most famous beaches, this rooftop hotel offers weddings overlooking the frothy waters. Perfect for the bride who wants a beach wedding and a Sydney city honeymoon, this is one departure from the downtown area that guests will be begging to do again.

Marriage Requirements for Sydney, Australia

Within 18 months of your proposed marriage, and no later than one month (+1 day) prior, you must give a completed Notice of Intended Marriage (NIM) form to the marriage celebrant who is to conduct your marriage ceremony.

Required Documents

 

  • Birth certificate in English or US passport
  • Decree of divorce, if applicable
  • Decree of death, if applicable
  • Signed witness of vows by an Australian celebrant who will perform the wedding

Fees
Since it can be expensive to wed here, you may want to get married in any of the many registry offices in the area, which can accommodate up to 24 people but will only last for 15-20 minutes.

But if you are hoping for one of the local registrants to perform your ceremony outside of the offices at one of the many beautiful venues Sydney has to offer, contact the local courthouse.

Currency

The Australian Dollar
 

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Sarah Sarah has been editing the blog at mywedding for four years. She enjoys watching classic movies, spending money on eyeliner that she never wears, and convincing brides to write thank you notes.

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