The Red Tape Ceremony
‘Red Tape’ definition: The Red Tape adherence to official rules and formalities. Origin: early 18th century: so named because of the red or pink tape used to bind official documents.
New name but same official service performed wherever you wish on the Sunshine Coast* and whenever I am available. This is a five minute ceremony consisting of just the minimum legal wording, without personal vows, ring exchange or readings, but ensures you are legally married according to Australian Law. It is ideal for couples who want to choose their own location rather than the registry office or who may be having a celebration at a later date or perhaps one overseas. All the legalities are taken care of and you will receive a ceremonial certificate and a copy of your ceremony. At least 2 witnesses of any nationality (but who must understand the ceremony) and who are over 18 years of age are required (which I will supply if you wish #) however family and friends are more than welcome to join us for this Sunshine Coast Legal Marriage ceremony.
This is many times more personal than the Brisbane Registry, significantly more scenic and allows you to have loved ones with you if you wish. In approximately 2 weeks you will receive your Official Marriage Certificate in your mailbox or to any address (Australia or overseas) that you choose.
Dramatic Sunshine Coast and Noosa backdrops are fitting for the significance of the occasion which actually requires very few words to convey the depth of emotion felt by each partner. Devil’s Kitchen and Hell’s Gates in the Noosa National Park, particularly at Dawn or Sunset, are exactly the kind of location that we are lucky enough to have as idyllic possibilities for a unique venue for your Sunshine Coast Legal Marriage Red Tape Ceremony that you will remember forever!
My Red Tape Ceremonies are swiftly gaining in popularity as couples from diverse countries and continents meet and fall in love! Even though they live in Australia, they may wish to marry while away on holiday (in SE Asia is a good example of this) or perhaps wait to have family and friends present at a larger celebration or even a religious ceremony in the home country of one partner. Yet they desire the ease and security of a valid Australian Legal Marriage which is recognised worldwide. Marriage in some countries, Italy, in particular is one that comes to mind, is a very complicated process for non Italian citizens, so having a celebration or blessing there as opposed to a marriage, after a beautifully simple Sunshine Coast or Noosa Legal Marriage ceremony is the obvious answer and many times easier.
This is exactly what Tom and Lucia chose to do, with family around and in a beautiful Noosa setting, but nonetheless saving themselves for a bigger celebration in Lucia’s home country of Brazil. It lasted all of 5 minutes but still was moving enough to get both mothers reaching for the tissues; the amount of love between them all was abundant and palpable.
Jiah and Eldo did just the same at the spectacular Point Arkwright just South of Coolum Beach, heading overseas a few days later to a large family celebration in Italy.
If you require something a touch longer to include some romance or intimacy and your own vows to each other and a ring exchange, the Simplicity/Elopement Package for up to 20 guests (including the marrying couple) will be the one for you. My full service packages are the Prestige and the Luxury; both tell a beautiful story of you two! Head to https://www.philippaholness.com/what-does-the-fee-include/
* The fee will be applicable within 30 kms of my home in Peregian on the Sunshine Coast. # A small additional fee will be applicable if you require witnesses to be supplied.@ The time depends on the Births, Deaths and Marriages Department (BDM) workload. The additional fee of approximately $46 is payable for this directly to the BDM, but I assist you with the entire application and mail this along with your other documents.