Heart2heart Ceremonies

Marlee K Bruinsma, Civil Marriage Celebrant  0438 144 269

Phone 0438144269


Legal requirements


You can still marry in Australia even if you are not an Australian citizen.


You will need:


Your destination wedding ceremony


I have a ceremony planning book full of ideas for your destination wedding, including:



Whether your ceremony is large or small, you can have all that you would normally do in a ceremony at home or you can choose an elopement option which is a short and sweet ceremony to celebrate “running away to marry”.


I can provide you with a table and chairs for signing your documents and a music player as well. Although our weather is often perfect in this part of the world, it’s still a good idea to have a back up plan should it be raining. This may be your accommodation or a shelter along the beach or in the rainforest.


After your destination wedding


You receive a certificate on the day of your wedding, which is evidence of your marriage. However, for legal purposes such as changing your name, you may need the certified marriage certificate from the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.


If you live overseas, you may also need an apostille or authentication as well. I can help you arrange these.

Many couples travel to Queensland and northern New South Wales in Australia because of the ideal climate all year round for weddings and the spectacular scenery. Destination weddings with just a few friends and family are very popular and easy to arrange with your celebrant online, by telephone and Skype.

married couple standing on deck at top of Miami Hill lookout Gold Coast Australia

I can provide a destination wedding ceremony for you, whether you are coming from overseas or interstate. I provide a full checklist of what you need for legal purposes and also provide a signing table and chairs.

Your marriage is registered by Births Deaths and Marriages in the State in which it is conducted. You may need a certified marriage certificate from them for legal purposes or changing your name once you return home.


If coming from overseas, you may also need an apostille or authentication of the certificate for use in your home country. I can assist you with information on how to do this

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For us, the handfasting ritual was a great alternative to exchanging rings. Everything was well organised and people commented on the lovely ceremony. Thank you so much for everything you did to help us create a ceremony that was reflective of "us". You made it very easy for us to put everything together. You have put together a great book of information and resources from which to build a ceremony. We feel so grateful that we were able to find such a great celebrant, given that we were searching from so far away.

Jenn and Dan (from Canada)


Due to your preparatory work, emails and regular contact, everything went smoothly. We were more than happy with the way you performed the ceremony. Everything was handled perfectly. My daughter commented that you put everyone at ease during the rehearsal.

Lillias and David (from NZ)