My Korean partner and I have been living together for last two years. Now I am sponsoring her visa application. We will have our main wedding ceremony and reception in Korea. Afterwards, we plan to have a small, legal-only ceremony with a close gathering in Melbourne. What are the requirements for this legal ceremony?

While you are welcome to have a traditional Korean wedding ceremony and reception, registering your marriage with BDM in Australia would be necessary if you want it recognized here. Therefore, do not register your marriage in Korea. Additionally, submitting the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) to Melbourne Celebrant before your departure to Seoul Korea could help you reduce the one-month waiting period before the ceremony.