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 enquiries call: 1300 516 700
  • Gold Coast Courthouse wedding opening hours
  • Tuesday 11.00am-12.00noon
  • Cost: $344

At the time of writing this there is a 4 month waiting time for a Southport courthouse wedding on the Gold Coast.

After phoning and clarifying this information I was 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 4 months minimum wait time on the Gold Coast.

*Information checked 5 October 2018

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 to get the details.

A registry office wedding is fine if you want to be married in cookie cutter style just like everyone else who gets married at a registry office. The registry office wedding rooms in Brisbane City seem nice and it may be considered a fairly easy solution if your imagination has escaped you.

Contrary to the vision many people have that a registry office is a cheap alternative to a celebrant, the Brisbane registry office wedding ceremony currently* costs:

  • Brisbane Registry Office opening hours
  • Monday–Friday (excluding Wednesday) 9.30AM–4.00PM - $344.00
  • Friday evening 5.30PM–8.00PM - $588.00
  • Saturday 9.30AM–4.00PM - $444.00
  • Saturday evening 4.30PM–6.30PM - $588.00
  • Sunday morning 10.00AM–11.30AM - $588.00

*Last checked on 19th September 2018


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 (see below*)...
...you may be better off financially and aesthetically by getting married on the Gold Coast.

  • 0 - 30 Mins $21.00
  • 30 Mins - 1 Hr $40.00
  • 1 Hr - 1.5 Hrs $55.00
  • 1.5 Hrs - 2 Hrs $60.00
  • 2 Hrs - 2.5 Hrs $70.00

*Last checked on 19th September 2018


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.

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