You’ve got to choose: Civil cer­e­mony or a re­li­gious cer­e­mony?

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QUEENS­LAND res­i­dents can choose from two types of wed­ding cer­e­monies, ei­ther a civil cer­e­mony or a re­li­gious cer­e­mony.

A civil cer­e­mony can be held at a lo­ca­tion of your choice with a regis­tered civil mar­riage cel­e­brant.

A re­li­gious cer­e­mony can be held at a church with a regis­tered re­li­gious mar­riage cel­e­brant or an in­de­pen­dent church with a regis­tered civil re­li­gious mar­riage cel­e­brant.

Cou­ples need to com­plete and lodge a no­tice of in­tended mar­riage ap­pli­ca­tion form with their mar­riage cel­e­brant at least one month be­fore the big day.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony your cel­e­brant is re­spon­si­ble for reg­is­ter­ing your mar­riage on your be­half.

While same-sex cou­ples can’t cur­rently en­ter into mar­riage in Aus­tralia, they can en­ter into civil part­ner­ships in Queens­land and reg­is­tra­tion rules are sim­i­lar to civil mar­riages.

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