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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—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.

To book your special occasion at the Brisbane registry request an interview appointment .

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 application form and bring other important identification documents listed below
  • have 2 witnesses.

You will need to lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage application form at least 1 month before the date you wish to get married. For example, if you lodged the notice on 25 June, the earliest date you could get married would be 25 July.

If you are planning a wedding at the Brisbane registry, lodge your notice directly with the us at 110 George Street, Brisbane.

Planning your ceremony

Before you can book a ceremony date, we need to discuss your plans.

At your first meeting with us, a wedding registry coordinator will get you to:

  • lodge your completed Notice of Intended Marriage application form
  • book a date and time for your wedding
  • show your original proof of ID and eligibility documents
  • 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.

  1. Your contact details
  2. Interview appointment time and date (Preferred) Available appointment times are from 8:30am - 4:00pm and can be booked every half hour. Please note: at this interview a registry officer will assist you with your documents and provide you with available wedding times.

You can also book your first meeting with us by:

Cost of a ceremony at the registry

A registry wedding in Brisbane is an affordable way to get married.

We have extended our hours for registry ceremonies on a Friday and Saturday evening and these ceremonies include a standard marriage certificate plus your choice of commemorative marriage certificate. Evening ceremonies are booked from the first available time for the evening you chose—ceremonies are scheduled every 30 minutes.

To secure a time and date for your ceremony, you will need to pay the applicable fee.

A registry ceremony costs:

  • $310 (Monday–Friday, 9.30am–4.00pm)
  • $530 (Friday, 5.30pm–8.00pm)—includes your choice of a commemorative marriage certificate package
  • $400 (Saturday, 9.30am–4.00pm)
  • $530 (Saturday, 4.30pm–7.00pm )—includes your choice of a commemorative marriage certificate package.

The cost for a registry ceremony includes:

  • the ceremony
  • a celebrant
  • the ceremony room
  • a ceremonial marriage certificate.

You do not get an official standard marriage certificate on the day of your registry ceremony—you will need to buy one for $43.50.  When your marriage is registered, if you book an evening ceremony—we will send you a standard marriage certificate plus your choice of commemorative marriage certificate.

You can change your booking once for free. After that, however, any additional changes you will need to pay the full ceremony fee.

You can pay:

  • by credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • with cash at the counter
  • by cheque in the mail or at the counter
  • by money order in the mail or at the counter.

Make cheques or money orders payable to the ‘Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages’.

What documents you need

You will need to make sure you organise several documents before your registry ceremony with us.

To book your registry ceremony, you will need to bring original proof of ID and supporting documents showing evidence of:

  • the date and place of birth (birth certificate) of both partners—if your were born outside Australia, a current overseas passport is acceptable
  • any previous divorce document or death certificate of any previous spouse, if applicable.

You need to show your wedding registry coordinator originals of your documents as we cannot accept photocopies.

Translated identity documents

For documents not in English, you must provide a translation from a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Ceremony times

We conduct ceremonies throughout the week (excluding Sundays and public holidays).

Monday to Thursday: 9.30am to 4.00pm
Friday: 9.30am to 4.00pm and 5.30pm to 8.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 7.00pm

A number of regional magistrates courts in Queensland also conduct ceremonies.

Ceremony witnesses and guests

Two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present at your registry ceremony. We cannot provide witnesses for you.

You may invite a maximum of 50 guests to your registry ceremony.

Ceremony day

After you have arranged the proof of ID and supporting documents described above, you are able to book your 30 minute registry ceremony. The main part of your registry ceremony will take 10–15 minutes.

One the day you:

  • need to arrive 15 minutes before the ceremony with details of witnesses’ full names.
  • make a formal declaration during the ceremony that you are legally able to marry each other.
  • sign 2 certificates of marriage in the presence of your witnesses.
  • may bring a CD for background music and have a photographer present (we can provided music).
  • and your guests are not able to throw confetti, rice, flowers or any other celebratory objects—or consume food or drinks.

If either of you cannot speak English, you will need an interpreter at your registry ceremony. The interpreter must sign a statutory declaration to certify their faithful performance in the role. A family member or friend who is over the age of 18 can be your interpreter role and must provide photo identification together with the statutory declaration. If this is not possible, contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

We do not provide an interpreter for you.

If you have any special requirements, please let your wedding registry coordinator know at your booking appointment.

Registered relationships

In Queensland, couples of any sex can register a relationship. People may want to do this as a sign of commitment, or for legal reasons

A registered relationship is not a marriage.

Find more information about registering a relationship.

For more information

Online

Email BDMCeremonies@justice.qld.gov.au, online enquiries are replied to within 2 business days.

By phone

Call 1300 366 430 (Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm).

By post

Mail to Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, PO Box 15188, CITY EAST QLD 4002.

New at the Brisbane registry—evening weddings on Fridays and Saturdays with your choice of a commemorative marriage certificate package are now available—request an interview appointment to book your special occasion.

Get the PDF application form

If you need your first marriage certificate or a replacement marriage certificate—you can access the PDF application form and apply by post or in person.

Get the marriage certificate/extract application form.

Need more help?

Find out how to get a birth certificate from an interstate or overseas registry.

Read more about what you need to do if you have been married before or getting married.

Last updated
20 July 2015

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