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Requirements for your wedding abroad

Requirements for your wedding abroad

 

Civil wedding in France
Civil wedding in Italy
Catholic wedding in France
Catholic wedding in Italy
Symbolic weddings France and Italy
Other religious weddings France and Italy
 


 

Civil wedding in France

A Civil Wedding in France with no proof of residency is not allowed at this time.
We would strongly recommend for a civil ceremony which is legally binding and will be recognized around the world for you to choose Italy as the destination for your Wedding day. There are some steps to take to prepare and file the necessary paperwork before your civil ceremony takes place. Please send us a request if you wish to learn more about Civil Weddings in Italy.
 


 

Civil wedding in Italy

· There are no residency requirements to get married in Italy.
· A civil ceremony is legally binding and will be recognized around the world.
· Please make sure that names are always written in the same way on all documents.
· A woman must be divorced for 300 days before she can marry again.

Below are the requirements according to nationality (should your nationality not be displayed below, please ask about it).

Civil Requirements to get married in Italy for US CITIZENS:
Documents needed
· US Passports
· Birth Certificates
· Atto Notorio
· Nulla Osta
If you have been previously married, you will also need:
· Divorce Act
· Death Certificate of previous partner

How to obtain the above certificates and what you should do

In the USA:
Have your Birth Certificates and, if applicable, your Divorce or Death Certificates translated into Italian and have them notarized by the Secretary of State’s Notary Public (of the State where the document was issued).

Set an appointment with your closest Italian Embassy or Consulate that will issue the Atto Notorio. Please double check with them about the procedures you will have to follow to obtain the Atto Notorio.

Copies of all documents are to be sent to us via fax.

In Italy:
Together with an on-site wedding consultant, you will take the US Passport, your Birth certificates and the Atto Notorio to the US Consulate and your Nulla Osta will be issued. There is a fee to be paid on site for the issue of the Nulla Osta.

Once you have your Nulla Osta this needs to be legalized. This process will also be done with the help of your on-site wedding consultant.

Once you receive all the documents these are to be filed at the Wedding Hall where you will get married a few days before your Wedding.

All steps are closely tracked by your on-site wedding consultant to ensure everything goes smoothly.


Civil Requirements to get married in Italy for BRITISH CITIZENS:
Documents needed
· British Passports
· Long form Birth Certificates
· Certificates of No Impediment
· Nulla Osta
If you have been previously married, you will also need:
· Previous marriage certificate
· Divorce Decree Absolute
· Death Certificate of previous partner

How to obtain the above certificates and what you should do

In the UK:
Go to your local Registry office and publish the banns. After 23 days the Certificate of Non Impediment will be issued for you by the registry office.
Copies of all documents are to be sent to us via fax.
Upon receipt of our approval, the Certificate of no Impediment, the full version of the Birth Certificates and copies of your British Passports together with the payment of the Nulla Osta are to be sent to the British Consulate in Italy that will issue your Nulla Osta (we will indicate to you the relevant one).

In Italy:
We will take care of picking up the Nulla Osta at the Consulate and file them at the Wedding hall where you will get married a few days before your Wedding.
All steps are closely tracked by your on-site wedding consultant so as to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Civil Requirements to get married in Italy for CANADIAN CITIZENS
Documents needed
· Canadian Passports
· Birth Certificates
· Document issued by the Provincial Vital Statistics office stating that there are no registrations of marriage in their records
· Affidavit
If you have been previously married, you will also need:
· Divorce Decree
· Death Certificate of previous partner

How to obtain the above certificates and what you should do

In Canada:
Please ask for a certified copy of your Passport with the seal of a Public Notary. Take all the other documents mentioned before Canadian Passports, Birth Certificates and the document issued by the Provincial Vital statistics office and complete the Affidavit Form B in every part. The Public Notary will have to stamp this document as well.
Set an appointment with your closest Italian Embassy or Consulate that will issue the Atto Notorio. Please double check with them about the procedures you will have to follow to obtain the Atto Notorio.
Copies of all documents are to be sent to us via fax.

In Italy:
We will file the documents at the Canadian Consulate and your Declaration certificate will be issued. There is a fee to be paid for the issue of the Nulla Osta.
Once you have your Declaration from the Consulate this needs to be legalized. This operation will be carried on by your on-site wedding coordinator.
When the documents are ready, they are to be filed at the Wedding Hall where you will get married a few days before your Wedding.
All steps are closely tracked by your on-site wedding coordinator so as to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Civil Requirements to get married in Italy for AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS
Documents needed
· Australian Passports
· Birth Certificates
· Atto Notorio
· Statutory Declaration (Nulla Osta)
If you have been previously married, you will also need:
· Previous marriage certificate
· Divorce Decree Absolute
· Death Certificate of previous partner

How to obtain the previous marriage certificate and other above certificates and what you should do

In Australia:
Set an appointment with your closest Italian Embassy or Consulate that will issue the Atto Notorio. Please double check with them about the procedures you will have to follow to obtain the Atto Notorio.
Copies of all documents are to be sent to us via fax.

In Italy:
You should plan to arrive either in Rome or Milan, where together with an on-site wedding coordinator, you will visit the Australian Embassy or Consulate where the Nulla Osta will be issued. There is a fee to be paid on site for the issue of the Nulla Osta.
Once you have your Nulla Osta this needs to be legalized. This operation will also be done together with your on-site wedding coordinator.
Once you receive all the documents these are to be filed at the Wedding hall where you will get married a few days before your Wedding.
All steps are closely tracked by your on-site wedding coordinator so as to ensure everything goes smoothly.
 


 

Catholic wedding in France

For a Catholic wedding in France you will need:

Documents:
· Baptism Certificates
· First Communion Certificates
· Confirmation Certificates
· Certificate of completion of pre-cana classes
· Original marriage enquiry to your Parish
· Letter from your Parish Priest authorizing the Wedding
· Letter from the Bishop authorizing the Wedding
· Original Civil Wedding Certificate

How to obtain the above certificates and what you should do

At home:
Please contact your Priest and inform him about your desire to have a wedding ceremony abroad.
Complete with him the Enquiry for the Catholic Wedding as you would do for your Wedding in your own town, ask him to gather the Certificates and to send the paperwork to the Bishop who will seal all the documents and write for you a letter of authorization.
Copies of all documents are to be sent to us via fax, we will check them carefully and give you the address to which you should send the original documents.

In France:
Your documents will be sent to the Curia that has the final say on all documents and will be giving you official permission for the wedding to take place only once they have received all the paperwork.
Once the permission has been granted, the documents are sent back to the Parish where your Wedding will take place.
The Priest will require a meeting with you before the Wedding to get to know you.
All steps are to be followed under the close supervision of your on-site wedding coordinator.

GENERAL RULES
· Documents should not be requested more than 6 months in advance or they will expire.
· Please make sure that names are always written in the same way on all documents.
· The information you find on this page is valid only for couples that have not been married before.

If your previous marriage has been annulled, please ask us for further information.
 


 

Catholic wedding in Italy

Catholic Requirements to get married in Italy
For your Catholic wedding in Italy, you will need the following:

Documents:
· Baptism Certificates
· First Communion Certificates
· Confirmation Certificates
· Certificate of completition of pre-cana classes
· Original marriage enquiry to your Parish
· Letter from your Parish Priest authorizing the Wedding
· Letter from the Bishop authorizing the Wedding
· Original Civil Wedding Certificate

If you wish to get marry civilly at the same time, you will also need:
· All documents requested for a Civil Wedding

How to obtain the above certificates and what you should do

At home:
Please contact your Priest and inform him about your desire of getting married abroad.
Complete with him the Enquiry for the Catholic Wedding as you would do for your Wedding in your own town, ask him to gather the Certificates and to take the paperwork to the Bishop who will seal all the documents and write for you a letter of authorization.
Copies of all documents are to be sent to us via fax. We will check them carefully and give you the address to which you should send the original documents.

In Italy:
Your documents will be sent to the Curia that has the final say on all documents and will be giving you official permission for the wedding to take place only once they have received all the paperwork.
Once the permission has been granted, the documents are sent back to the Parish where your Wedding will take place.
The Priest will require a meeting with you before the Wedding to get to know you.
All steps are to be followed under the close supervision of your on-site wedding planner.

GENERAL RULES
· Documents should not be requested more than 6 months in advance or they will expire.
· Please make sure that names are always written in the same way on all documents.
· The information you find in this page is valid only for couples that have not been married before.

If your previous marriage has been annulled, please ask us for further information.
 


 

Symbolic weddings in France and Italy

A Symbolic Wedding ceremony is not legally binding and can be celebrated in any location you choose from the beautiful garden of a sumptuous Villa in Veneto or in Tuscany, to the highest peak of one of the beautiful Dolomites or on a Gondola in Venice, from a Beach setting in Corsica to the Castle of the Loire Valley.
You will avoid the hassle of preparing the paperwork and you will be able to choose all the details of your own Symbolic Wedding Ceremony as you wish.
You can definitely be legally married in your home country before or after the symbolic wedding ceremony in France or Italy.
 


 

Other religious weddings in France and Italy

Your Civil Wedding will have to take place before and the Original Civil Wedding Certificate will be required for your Religious Wedding to be performed.

Protestant Weddings
A Protestant Wedding can be performed in a Church or in Garden or in any room that will be decorated and prepared for the Marriage Ceremony.
It is usually required that the couple has attended some formal sessions of premarital counseling by a clergy person or qualified counselor over the course of the time prior to the wedding. And that at least one partner is a baptized Christian and that you are already involved in a Church community.
You will be in contact with the Pastor that will perform your Wedding and who will ask you to obtain formal evidence from a clergy person in your community about your preparation and your participation in church activities.
In case of Remarriage, please inform your on-site wedding planner.

Jewish Wedding
Documents needed
· Certificates attesting the Jewish origins of bride- and bridegroom-to-be and their membership to a Jewish Community (or Communities);
· Ketubot of the bride's and the groom's parents' weddings;
· TEHUDAT RAVAKUT, a certificate of single status issued by an orthodox Beth-Din
· As to the mikvah, the bride-to-be can perform the mitzvah in France or Italy or in her own Community; in this latter case, she should produce a certificate dated not more than four days before the wedding-ceremony, attesting that the mitzvah was performed.

A Jewish Wedding can take place in a Synagogue or in a Garden or in any room that will be decorated for the Marriage Ceremony.
The specific rules for an Orthodox Jewish Wedding are the same as in your own country. Please let us know where you wish to marry and we will put you in contact directly with the Rabbi of that community. Details and procedures will need to be discussed directly with the Rabbi. For example, your Marriage Ceremony will not be allowed in periods of the year banned by Jewish Law.

For more information about a non-Orthodox Jewish Wedding, please contact your on-site wedding planner.
For information about any other type of marriage ceremony, please contact your on-site wedding planner.