Weddings in Italy
How & where to get married
There really is no grander or more spectacular overseas wedding destination than Italy anywhere else in the world. No other country offers so many rich options for couples wishing to get married overseas.
The reputation of Italy is only out done by the reality. So whether you choose the rolling countryside of Tuscany, the aquatic elegance of Venice, the artistic romance of Florence & Rome or any of the dozens of spectacular locations - Italy will provide a really perfect backdrop for your perfect wedding...Overview
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Top reasons to get married in Italy
Why choose Italy for your wedding?
A wedding in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
- Spectacular locations
Get married in some the world's most magnificent buildings.
- Ceremonies in English
Ceremonies in the popular Italy wedding locations for foreign citizens are performed in Italian with an English translation.
Fortunately, getting married in Italy has become much easier and more accessible for couples wanting something a bit more spectacular for their wedding. You will have to prepare some paperwork before the wedding at home. The precise details and legal paperwork you will require varies upon where you are from and your legal status. Getting married in Italy is not as easy as some countries, but it can be done without too many difficulties. Many couples have done it before you from all around the world - so many of the hurdles have already been set aside.
Ceremonies in the popular Italy wedding locations for foreign citizens are performed in Italian with an English translation - making it easy for couples from abroad. Often a section will be in Italian - then repeated in English by the official conducting the ceremony. Couples from abroad wishing to get married in Italy are welcomed by the Italian authorities!
Civil and Religious weddings are both available for couples from outside Italy. In most countries, Civil weddings usually take place in bland government buildings, but in Italy, Civil weddings take place in grand palaces or historic villas owned by the local government of the area. In Rome you can get married the magnificent Campidoglio which was designed by Michelangelo. In Venice you can marry overlooking the Grand Canal from a beautiful palace. Exchange your vows from a ornate villa overlooking Europe's most beautiful views on the Amalfi Coast. Why not arrive by boat at a villa on a the placid Lake Como - with views of medieval ancient castles. As you would expect from a nation with the world's finest architecture, Church weddings & other religious weddings also have many magnificent locations. The choices for a wedding in Italy just go on and on. The range of options for a Italian wedding is truly spectacular. Choosing which location you want to get married in Italy will certainly be your biggest problem!
Getting married in Italy need not be as difficult as it sounds. With some good advice & direction, plus understanding what type of wedding you want, you really can have an fantastic Italian wedding which you and your guests will never forget.
Italian wedding ceremonies
Civil Ceremonies must take place in a Town Hall or property purchased by the local government.
Typically very grand locations are available such as palaces, villas and manors. To Italians, with their amazing architecture, only beautiful buildings in their towns and cities are the settings that are approved for civil ceremonies.
Do not be concerned about ending up in a cold government building, most Town Halls are simply stunning and in wonderful surroundings. As with all the architecture in Italy, you will not be disappointed with the choices on offer.
Yet again, due to the many beautiful locations that stretch across Italy for a wedding ceremony, deciding where to get married in Italy is really your biggest problem!
You can marry in either a civil or religious ceremony in Italy. Due to the limited residency requirements, you can virtually get married in any town in Italy. However, if you wanted a location that has little experience with foreigners you may encounter some difficulties.
Fortunately, the most spectacular locations are often welcoming to couples from overseas & have all the experience to simplify the procedure.
It is best to understand the rules and regulations that make each type of ceremony legal in Italy.
Some of the rules regarding a civil ceremony are:
A local civil official must perform the marriage.
The marriage cannot be performed on the premise of an foreign embassy or consulate.
In a religious ceremony:
If a Roman Catholic priest is performing the marriage, you do not need to get married first in a civil ceremony; however, the priest must register the marriage with the civil registrar in order for the marriage to be legal. If you are non Roman Catholic, a prior civil ceremony is usually required to ensure the legality of the marriage.
It is also, ofcourse, possible to arrange a Jewish wedding in Italy.
If you are considering getting married in Italy, you may want to consider professional wedding consultants in Italy who can assist you with all the necessary paperwork and logistics. There are many companies in Italy, and a few in your own country. Prices vary widely.
For a little extra work you can organise your own wedding and save money.
How to get legally married in Italy
You will have to prepare some paperwork before the wedding at home. The precise details you will require varies upon where you are from and your legal status (age, divorced etc). Getting married in Italy is not as easy as some countries, but it can be done. Many couples have done it from all over the world - so many of the hurdles have already been set aside.
Basically, to legally get married in Italy you will need to provide:
- Formal proof that you are single is required.
If applicable, evidence of the termination of any previous marriage such as final divorce decree, annulment decree or death certificate.
- If under 18, a Sworn Statement by parents or legal guardian consenting to the marriage.
- 'Atto Notorio'. This is a declaration stating that according to your country's laws, there is no obstacle to your marriage.
A woman whose previous marriage was terminated within the last 300 days must obtain a waiver from the Procura della Republica (District Attorney), which is issued on presentation of a medical certificate that she is not pregnant!
- No other location for a destination wedding offers such a spectacular backdrop like Italy. Getting married in Italy was really a dream. It was really worth all the complications and translations...
- Our ceremony was in Italian & English. We had an great interpretor & coordinator, Esther, who helped us when we had to say some words in Italian. Everybody was so welcoming and helpful it wasn't daunting or uncomfortable at all...
- At first I had no idea what an Apostille or a Nulla Osta was! Really it sounds more complicated than it actually is. Please don't let the legal paperwork side put you off getting married somewhere in Italy because it really is worth it.