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Where should you marry? Australia or Philippines?

How often are we at Down Under Visa asked this question? It would have to be several times a week. And of course it’s an important issue. You will both be hoping that this is a once in a lifetime occasion, so of course you want it to be special. But there are also practical considerations, as the days of taking 4 weeks annual holidays in one go is ancient history for most of us. And time is the main issue! It takes generally 3 – 4 weeks to organise a wedding, which means you need to be in Philippines for 3 – 4 weeks.

Weddings in the Philippines can be great fun. They are generally done in the Church. There are no “marriage celebrants”. Your choices are: Church, Judge, or Ships Captain. Unless you can get a Judge to marry you in a reception place somewhere, it means marrying in the courthouse. You and wedding party sit at the back of the courtroom and wait for him to finish sentencing someone and for him to say “Next!” A bit odd! Stick to the Church. Continue reading

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