Can I get married online?

In Australia you can NOT get married online. That is, you can not get legally married over Skype or Zoom.

The 2 of you, your marriage celebrant and your  2 witnesses all have to be in the same location at the same time.

This all set out in the Marriage Act 1961 and administerd by The Attorney General's Department. 

Impact on weddings of COVID-19.

The impact of COVID-19 has fortunatley dimished signifciantly and so wedding gatherings can return to something more normal.

However, wedding ceremonies are still being impacted by some guests not being able to trave and so not being able to physically join you for your wedding ceremony.

In these cases Zoom/ Skype/ Messanger etc can be of amaxizing help to share your special day with guest you had hoped could be there.

Marriage Celebrant, Michael Teulon, on Sydney Harbour

Uputaua and Chris, chose to get married during COVID-19. Beautiful ceremony on Sydney Harbour.

Wed online.

Although you can not have a legal marriage online you can have share you wedding online, as many couples do. Almost all couples choose to share their ceremonies with family and friends who can not be with them on the day.

Often these people are scattered throughout the world in different countries and times zones (Many guests join us in their pyjamas 😉 but still want to be part of this very special moment.

In Marc and Daisy's case, they were married on Sydney Harbour on the 4th April 2020 - right in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. This meant that there were restriction on who could travel to their ceremony but also on the numbers that could be physically there  (government restricted weddings to a max. of 2 guests).

So, they took technology in hand. Popped an iPad on a tripod and streamed their ceremony to those near and far, so all could be part of this very special moment. Their guest could see and hear every part of the ceremony and could also be heard cheering, at the appropriate time "You may kiss you bride!". They even choreographed Marc and Daisy's photos hoot, following their ceremony.

Getting married on Sydney Harbour - COVID-19

Marc and Daisy following their ceremony "showing off" to their guests who joined them online.