An Australian Christmas beach Wedding…sounds perfect doesn’t it!
I have been chatting to the very charming and fun Josh Withers who wants to tell you all about his amazing country and how Upside Down land is a brilliant place to say I do!
“Dear brides and grooms of the UK, let us cut to the chase: The Gold Coast is the best place on earth to get married.”
“That is my argument, and this Christmas, my gift to you is proof of such.”
“Please allow me to introduce you to my home and try and convince you to bring your wedding down under this Christmas.”
“Australia’s Gold Coast is perfectly situated in the longitude and latitude area that makes it shirt weather all year long.”
“With an average temperature of 20 to 28 degrees Celsius through Summer and in Winter it’s about 12 to 24 degrees, luckily this year Winter fell on a Saturday which was really exciting for jacket owners.”
“We’re home to 70 kilometres of coast and stunningly white sandy beaches which is only minutes from Mount Tamborine and the Great Dividing Range.”
“But this is no tourism ad, I just wanted to make sure that everyone knew which Gold Coast we were talking about, not the Chicago one.”
“The Gold Coast is an Australian city, in the state of Queensland, which in a legal context makes it subject to the federal marriage laws our great country enacted in 1961 which makes it perfectly legal for a man and a woman to marry on Australian soil as long as they’re 18 or over, not already married, and not related.”
“So for the next few elections we’re stuck in the dark ages, but hey, you guys know how that feels right?”
Australia is also party to the Hague Convention which means marriage ceremonies that happen anywhere in the world are recognised elsewhere in the world, with the exception of a few countries such as North Korea.”
“I’ve said all of that, to say this: you can get married in the most beautiful place on earth, how lucky are you?!”
“To help persuade you over to the light side I’ve assembled a list of great reasons that you should book a ﬂight right now. Don’t worry about a dress or ring, just come!”
*Christmas in Australia is Summer. That’s right. When the First Fleet sailed south all those years ago they found the seasons swapped over as they crossed the equator.
This means that you can ﬁnish up at work on the 19th of December, and in just a few in-ﬂight movies later you can be standing on a Gold Coast beach with your nearest and dearest celebrating the joy that is marriage!
Even Winter in Australia is Summer. Not really, but it’s just that nice.
*Australia is a world leader in non-religious, civil, celebration of marriage.
Over 73% of marriages that are solemnised in Australia are done so outside of church doctrine, law or tradition.
You can get married in a Church, or by a minister on the beach, but you don’t have to!
Civil Marriage Celebrants, or church ministers, are granted the spectacular liberty to marry couples anywhere they like on Australian soil.
Down under, if Google Maps can direct you there, we can marry you there!
In other words, we can hold a ceremony anywhere you like. And you don’t need a marriage license in Australia, you just deal directly with your celebrant!
*Australian wedding stylists, ﬂorists, photographers, cake makers, dress makers, celebrants and venues are consistently recognised as world leaders in making really unique, personal, awesome and special parties that we like to call weddings.
If your love is kind of special then it probably deserves to be celebrated here.
*Wedding fashion traditionally sees a bride in a fancy white dress and a groom suiting up. Which is great, but what if you’re a little more comfort bare foot and in short pants.
I think I can smell a beach wedding ceremony coming on!
*Wedding photography needs no introduction to a bride and groom, and in Australia its pretty special.
The Gold Coast was named after the golden rays of sun that perpetually beat down on the lenses of our photographers and in turn creates some of the best photos known to wedding-kind.
*Finally, and this one is important. I understand that your people, much like mine, enjoy a cold beer at the end of a really good wedding ceremony.
Well Australia is home to the coldest, tastiest, most satisfying beers known to man. And not one of them is Fosters.
“The only thing you need to know is that Australian law requires one month’s written notice be given to your celebrant, and they’ll also need to sight your passports, and any paperwork regarding a previous marriage if you’ve been so lucky as to receive a second chance at love.”
“I could go on and on, but my really hot Australian wife is beckoning my attention.”
“So I’ll leave you with these elopement wedding ceremony photos taken on Nobby Beach just after a thunderstorm had passed over, all taken by Just For Love Photography and styled by Polkadot Events with Bower Botanicals.”
“See you soon!”
Thanks to Josh for sharing all the important info on having your own Australian Christmas Beach Wedding or for any other time of the year for that matter.
Having been in Australia I have to say I love the laid back way of life, not to mention the weather.
The Gold Coast is most definitely on my go to list for next time I visit.
To Contact Josh Withers