One question we get asked a lot from potential clients is whether or not their Vanuatu wedding will be legally recognised in their own country. The answer is yes, marriages in Vanuatu are recognised in Australia, New Zealand, the United States the United Kingdom and most other countries.
Australians can check out the following link for further information- http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/marriage.html
You will need to complete the 'intend to marry' forms (which we will email you upon booking) and return them to us with copies of the following;
We will then lodge the documents on your behalf and look after the registration and issuing of the Marriage Certificate. You don’t need to attend the Vanuatu Registry Office in person.
On the day, following the ceremony, you will sign the Registry, have that witnessed and be presented with your Marriage Certificate and Marriage Registration. On return to Australia you can present your Marriage Certificate and Registration at your bank to change an account to the bride’s new surname and the Certificate and the new bank account details will be sufficient to change the name on your driver’s licence. To renew a passport with a change of name you will need to submit a form to Births, Deaths and Marriages requesting a change of name.
You can’t register the marriage with Australian Births, Deaths & Marriages as the wedding has been officially registered in Vanuatu.
Lastly, we recommend that you be in Vanuatu at least 3 days prior to your wedding, but this is not a legal requirement as such - just a good idea! We also hold many weddings for couples who come of the cruise ship and they are only in Port Vila for the day.
We hope this answers all of your questions!