Legal and FAQ
Please note that Palm Cove weddings provide you a very experienced, friendly and helpful marriage celebrant who will facilitate the required legal process.
All couples wishing to marry in Australia must complete a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) which can be obtained from your officiator or the Attorney-General’s Department’s marriage webpage. https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/New-notice-of-intended-marriage.pdf
The Marriage Act 1961 has recently aligned with the Electronic Transactions act, therefore your officiator is able to accept scanned copies or photos of the NOIM. Once they have confirmed the scan/photo has been received in good order, you will be able to discard the original.
Along with the (NOIM) copies/photos of your Passports OR Birth Certificate AND Drivers License, must be sent to your officiator.
Just to clarify that if you have a passport, this is the easiest way to verify your identity, age and place of birth (so your birth certificate won't be required at all if you have passports).
If either party has been married in the past, a photocopy of the divorce certificate "Decree Absolute" or the death certificate will need to be produced to provide evidence of dissolution. (Sighing of the original document is no longer required).
The only thing your officiator will need to sight in person, is your photo ID, i.e Drivers License, Proof of Age card, or Passport to verify identity.
We will arrange the pre-wedding meeting at a convenient time for you on your arrival.
Marriages performed in Australia are fully recognized in your country. However, once your legal Marriage Certificate is received from the Australian Department of Births, Deaths & Marriages, some countries require in addition an APOSTILE stamp. (Which can take several weeks). Your Celebrant can assist you with this.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact us and we will answer them as soon as possible.
Why should I choose Palm Cove Weddings to organise my special day?
We plan weddings, that’s what we do and we do it well. We’ve been in the business a long time and our experience has enabled us to find the best services at the best price to perfect the weddings we arrange. We’re a local, hand’s on company with back-up service providers to ensure that no matter what is thrown at us on the day, it all runs smooth for you. We take the stress and hard-work from you so you can relax and enjoy the day, just as it should be – perfect!
We are eloping. Can Palm Cove Weddings provide us with all the necessary services for our wedding?
Yes we can. No wedding is too small or too big for us. Many of our clients come from overseas arriving by themselves; we can provide your authorised celebrant, witnesses and all other required services.
What is the biggest wedding Palm Cove Weddings has arranged to date?
A beach wedding with 180 guests; we are looking forward to bigger ones!
Do Palm Cove Weddings provide all permits?
All our prices include the necessary permits and fees (eg. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park fees, beach permits, island permit etc). There is nothing extra to pay, nor any hidden charges.
Do Palm Cove Weddings have public liability insurance?
Of course, we wouldn't operate without one.
How far in advance do we have to book Palm Cove Weddings’ services?
To avoid disappointment, it’s recommended to book your wedding date as early as possible. We arrange only one wedding per day – yours. This ensures you will have our undivided attention to your every detail. Also your Celebrant may not be available.
Your authorised celebrant requires the Notice of Intended Marriage form at least 1 month and 1 day prior to your wedding day. The only exclusions are serious health issues.
Where is Palm Cove Weddings located?
We are located right here in Palm Cove. An appointment is advisable since we are frequently out of the office for weddings.
Why are Palm Cove Weddings’ rates lower than other companies we’ve contacted?
As mentioned, we’ve been in the business a long time; this has given us the experience to be able to offer excellent value-for-money service. We keep costs as low as possible without shortcuts to quality. We provide the highest possible quality at the lowest possible price - that's our guarantee.
What are Palm Cove Weddings’ terms and conditions?
The booking fee is not refundable, because the day we receive it, we start work and lock in your other wedding suppliers.
Cancellations made in writing 30 days or more before your wedding incur loss of booking fee, but other payments are refunded.
Cancellations that involve the cancelling of your reception may incur other penalties as set out in the specific terms and agreements for that venue.
Cancellations made less than 30 days before the wedding are not refundable as all suppliers have been paid.
What do we do if we have booked a beach wedding and it rains?
We always have a backup plan.
We are interested in a wedding reception. Can Palm Cove Weddings take care of that?
Sure, that's part of our services.
I'm divorced. What documents are required?
Your Marriage Celebrant has to sight additionally the original divorce certificate (Decree Absolute).
Could you recommend a good hotel or accommodation?
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