Wedding at the Brisbane registry
You can get married at the Brisbane births, deaths and marriages registry in affordable style with up to 50 guests in attendance.
The registry is located in a heritage listed and elegant building at 110 George Street, Brisbane, close to the Botanical Gardens and Brisbane River.
If you live outside Brisbane and want a registry wedding, contact your local magistrates court to see if they have this service available.
Express your interest in booking a wedding with the registry office.
Marriage laws in Queensland
To get married in Queensland, you need to:
- be 18 years or older (or your partner must be). One partner must be at least 16 years old but must have parent/guardian permission and magistrates court order
- complete the Notice of Intended Marriage form and bring other important identification documents listed below
- have 2 witnesses.
You’ll need to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage form at least 1 month before the date you wish to marry. For example, if you lodged the notice on 25 June, the earliest date you could get married would be 25 July.
If you’re planning a wedding at the Brisbane registry, lodge the form directly with the office at 110 George Street, Brisbane, 4000.
Planning your ceremony
Before you can book a ceremony date, we need to discuss your ceremony plans.
At your first meeting with us, a wedding registry coordinator will get you to:
- book a date and time for your wedding
- look at your original identity and eligibility documents
- complete the Notice of Intended Marriage form
- apply for a marriage certificate
- process your fee payment
- tell us if you have any special requirements (e.g. wheelchair access).
Request an interview appointment
Use the form below to request an interview appointment, and a registry officer will contact you to confirm your appointment. Please note: bookings require 2 business days notice.
You can also book your first meeting with us by:
- calling 1300 366 430
- emailing BDMCeremonies@justice.qld.gov.au
- visiting the registry office.
Cost of a ceremony at the registry office
A registry office wedding in Brisbane is an affordable way to get married. Costs are minimal.
To secure a time and date for your marriage, you’ll need to pay the applicable fee.
A registry ceremony costs:
- $290 (Monday–Friday, 9.30am–4.00pm)
- $370 (Saturday, 10.00am–4.30pm).
The cost for the ceremony includes:
- the ceremony
- a celebrant
- the ceremony room.
You can change your booking once for free. After that, however, any additional changes will incur the full ceremony fee.
You can pay by cash, cheque, credit card (Visa and MasterCard) or money order.
Make cheques or money orders payable to the ‘Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages’. We do not accept personal cheques.
What documents you’ll need
You’ll need to prearrange several documents before your wedding ceremony at the Brisbane registry office.
To book the ceremony, you’ll need to bring original versions of identification documentation proving:
- evidence of the date and place of birth (birth certificate) of both partners. For people born outside Australia, a current overseas passport is acceptable
- evidence of any previous divorce or death of any previous spouse if applicable (e.g. divorce papers, death certificate).
Originals of these documents must be shown as we can’t accept photocopies of the above documentation.
Translated identity documents
If an original document isn’t in English, please provide an official translation.
For translating services, contact the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Translating and Interpreting Service.
Our Brisbane registry conducts ceremonies throughout the week (excluding public holidays).
Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.00pm.
Saturday: 10.00am to 4.30pm.
A number of regional magistrates courts throughout Queensland also conduct ceremonies.
Ceremony witnesses and guests
Two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present at the marriage ceremony. The Brisbane registry office can’t provide witnesses.
You may have a maximum of 50 guests attend your registry wedding ceremony.
After you’ve arranged the documentation described above, you are allocated 30 minutes for your ceremony. The main part of your wedding ceremony will take 10–15 minutes.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the ceremony with details of witnesses’ full names.
You’ll make a formal declaration during the wedding ceremony that you’re legally able to marry each other.
You’ll sign 2 certificates of marriage in the presence of the witnesses.
You may bring a CD for background music and have a photographer present (in-house music can be provided).
If either partner can’t speak English, you’ll need an interpreter present at the ceremony. The interpreter must sign a statutory declaration to certify their faithful performance in the role. A family member or friend who is 18 years or older can perform the interpreting role and must provide photo identification together with the Statutory Declaration form. If this is not possible, contact the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Translating and Interpreting Service.
The Registry does not provide an interpreting service.
Throwing confetti, rice, flowers or any other celebratory objects, or consuming food or drink, is not permitted in the building.
If you have any special requirements, please let us know at your booking appointment.
Any couple, regardless of gender, may have their relationship legally recognised in Queensland under the Relationships Act 2011.
This relationship will not be registered as a formal marriage.
Find more information about registering a relationship.
For more information or to contact the Brisbane births, deaths and marriages registry
- phone 1300 366 430 (Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm)
- mail to Births, Deaths and Marriages, PO Box 15188, CITY EAST QLD 4002
- email BDMCeremonies@justice.qld.gov.au.
- Read more about getting married in Queensland.