Are you planning a registry office wedding on the Gold Coast?

Details of a registry office wedding or courthouse wedding on the Gold Coast

Can I get married in a registry office on the Gold Coast?

No because there is no registry office.
BUT yes, the Southport Courthouse does offer a marriage service*.
BUT it is only available one day a week (currently Tuesday during the day from 11.00am) for one wedding a week.

Southport Courthouse Wedding details

  • Wedding enquiries {Phone: 1300 516 700
  • Opening time: Tuesday 11.00am-12.00noon
  • Address: Corner Davenport and Hinze Streets, Southport Qld 4215
  • Cost: $350
  • Limited seating, maximum 20 guests

At the time of writing this there is a 3-4 month waiting month waiting list to get married at the Southport Courthouse on the Gold Coast.

I have phoned and clarified this information a few times over the last couple of years and I am always advised by a Southport courthouse staff member that the registry office in Brisbane is a nicer location and that Brisbane is more likely to be able to perform the ceremony quicker than the current 3-4 month minimum wait time on the Gold Coast.

*Information updated 15 January 2020.

Brisbane registry office wedding or courthouse wedding details

So if you really want to leave the Gold Coast and travel to Brisbane to get married and you are interested in a registry office wedding then you will need to contact the Qld Govt. Births, Deaths & Marriages Department icon to indicate hyperlink opens in new tab to get the details.

The Brisbane registry is found on the 32nd floor of 180 Ann Street in Brisbane City.

A registry office wedding is fine if you want to be married in cookie cutter style just like everyone else who gets married in a registry office. The registry office wedding rooms in Brisbane City seem very nice and some rooms have a great view icon to indicate hyperlink opens in new tab.

I think it could be a fairly easy solution if your imagination has escaped you.

Many people imagine that a registry office will be a cheap alternative to a celebrant, but you be the judge, please see the Brisbane registry office wedding costs below*.

Brisbane Registry opening hours and wedding prices

  • Monday–Friday (excluding Wednesday) 9.30AM–4.00PM - $350.00
  • Friday evening 5.30PM–7.00PM - $600.00
  • Saturday 9.30AM–4.00PM - $455.00
  • Saturday evening 4.30PM–6.30PM - $600.00
  • Sunday morning (no longer offered in 2020) - previously when Sunday was still offered, weddings were 10.00AM–11.30AM and cost $588.00

*Last checked and updated on 15th January 2020


When you take into account the cost of getting yourselves and any guests to Brisbane and the astronomical parking fees charged by the nearest car park at 179 Turbot Street owned by Secure Parking (Open Mon-Fri 6.00am-6.00pm, Closed Sat, Sun, see drive-up prices below*)...
...you may be better off financially and aesthetically by getting married on the Gold Coast.

Brisbane Registry nearby parking prices

  • 0 - 30 Mins $5.00
  • 30 Mins - 1 Hr $41.00
  • 1 Hr - 1.5 Hrs $57.00
  • 1.5 Hrs - 2 Hrs $62.00
  • 2 Hrs - 2.5 Hrs $72.00
  • Early bird before 9.30am $31 all day

*Last checked on 15 January 2020, also see Secure Parking website for online parking prices icon to indicate hyperlink opens in new tab which in most cases are cheaper (except 30mins which costs $12 online)


Of course you don’t have to travel to Brisbane for a simple ceremony in the style of a registry office wedding, you can have a simple and beautiful and private wedding on the beautiful Gold Coast!

Even better if you get married here, you don’t have to settle for an office type venue with a celebrant who barely knows you and who will be marrying another couple in 30 minutes so there may have an element of let’s say “efficiency” about your special day if you get married in a registry office, not that there is anything particularly wrong with that.

BUT...I can plan the perfect registry office style wedding for you (which we call an elopement style wedding) in a low cost venue of your choice: it could be your own home, a gorgeous park, any one of our beautiful beaches or your luxury hotel room!

I believe I am a friendly, easygoing and relaxed marriage celebrant and I will try to the utmost of my ability to make sure your registry office style or elopement style or whatever style of wedding that you desire will be the best day of your life and will be totally unforgettable.

It is by the actions of the bridal couple adding simple personal touches that I believe a wedding becomes more than just an official government ceremony and becomes something magical that will be remembered far into the future as being a brief but powerful and lasting expression of the love that a couple shares.

To find out more about a personalised, registry office style wedding on the Gold Coast, please contact me on 0403 605 057 or email:


Call Sue on 0403605057