How to Get Married in Europe

There are so many stunning places to marry in Europe to choose from you'll be spoilt for choice!

Organising the paperwork can sometimes be complicated, however as long as you double check with the authorities that you have all the correct documents beforehand it should be possible to get legally married in many European countries. Please note that all information below is a generalisation only, as documentation varies depending on your country of residence.

Quick weddings are unusual in Europe as most countries require "cooling off" period between declaring your intent to marry and being legally able to exchange your vows. When planning a European wedding we would recommend you start the legal process at least 3 months in advance of your planned wedding day, preferably longer.

A summary of marriage law for each country is below, but you can also click through to full marriage laws and make sure you know exactly how to marry in each country.


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Required documents for all countries:

  • Full birth certificates showing both parents' names
  • Passports
  • If divorced, show your original final divorce papers
  • If widowed, show the death certificate of your former spouse
  • If you have changed your name then show legal proof of the change
  • (Bride and groom must not be related by blood, marriage or adoption)

Some countries also require these documents:

Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
This can be obtained from your local department of foreign affairs or your embassy in the country in which you are getting married.

Apostille Stamp
Some countries require foreign legal documents to be stamped with an apostille which then makes them legal documents in that country.

Certificate of Single Status/Sworn Affidavit that you are free to marry

These are similar to a Certificate of No Impediment, but instead you have to swear you are single in front of a legal representative.


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Western Europe

 

Gibraltar

You will need: all required documents above. Residency requirement: none. Full Gibraltar marriage law here.

 

France

You will need: birth certificates issued less than 6 months ago, two proofs of domicile, certificates of single status, certificates of no impediment, certified translations of all required documents above with apostille stamps. Residency requirement: 40 days. Full France marriage law here.

 

Italy

You will need: an official interpreter for the ceremony, Certificates of No Impediment (Nulla Ostra), certified translations of all required documents above, if the bride has been married before she must wait 300 days after the end of her last marriage before she can remarry. Residency requirement: none. Full Italy marriage law here.

 

Malta, Gozo & Comino

You will need: form RZ1 application to publish banns, form RZ2 Declaration on Oath, all required documents above, provide for the registrar details of when and where the marriage will take place, name of the minister conducting the wedding and name the bride will use after marriage. Residency requirement: none. Full Malta marriage law here.

 

Monaco

You will need: birth certificates issued less than 3 months ago, certificate of publication of the marriage banns, all required documents above with certified translations countersigned by consuls of the issuing country. Residency requirement: 30 days. Full Monaco marriage law here.

 

Portugal

You will need:certificate of no impediment, certified translations of all required documents above issued within the last 6 months with apostille stamps. Residency requirement: none. Full Portugal marriage law here.

 

Spain

You will need: application to marry form, certificate of no impediment, certified translations of all required documents above with apostille stamps, affidavit stating where you reside, certificate of residence. Residency requirement: 2 years if non catholic and non resident. None if catholic or if you own property in Spain. Full Spain marriage law here.

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Central Europe

 

Austria

You will need: an official interpreter for the ceremony, proof of domicile, sworn affidavit that you are free to marry, any former marriage certificates, certified translations of all required documents above with apostille stamps. Residency requirement: none. Only civil ceremony is recognised by Austrian law. Full  Austria marriage law here.

 

Germany

You will need: an official translator for the ceremony, proof of domicile, sworn affidavit that you are free to marry, any former marriage certificates, certified translations within the last 3 months of all required documents above with apostille stamps. Residency requirement: none. Only a civil ceremony is recognised by German law. Full Germany marriage law here.

 

Switzerland

You will need: promise of marriage form, sworn affidavit that you are free to marry, certified translations of all required documents above, if you are divorced your former marriage certificate. Residency requirement: none. Only a civil ceremony is recognised by Swiss law. Full Switzerland marriage law here.

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Northern Europe

 

Denmark

You will need: certificate of marital status, marriage declaration form, all required documents above. Residency requirement: up to 3 days. Full Denmark marriage law here.

 

Iceland

You will need: witness forms, certificate of marital status, confirmation from the Directorate of Immigration that you are legally staying in Iceland, flight tickets, if widowed papers showing the estate and liabilities of the deceased spouse, all required documents above. Residency requirement: none. Full Iceland marriage law here.

 

Ireland

You will need: give notice to the registrar 4 weeks before the wedding in writing signed by both of your, marriage registration form, certificate of no impediment, all required documents above. Residency requirement: none. Full Ireland marriage law here.

 

Norway

You will need: Q0151 form, certificate of no impediment, documents showing you can legally enter and stay in Norway, all required documents above and certified translated copies, if divorced then a Declaration of Estate document. Residency requirement: none. Full Norway marriage law here.

 

Sweden

You will need: sworn affidavit that you are free to marry, certified translations of all required translations above, if divorced your former marriage certificate, certified and notarised. You may need to show a certified copy of your country's marriage laws. Residency requirement: none. Full Sweden marriage law here.

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Eastern Europe

 

Croatia

You will need: birth certificates issued less than 3 months ago, certificate of no impediment, certificate de coutume, affidavit signed before a solicitor, if divorced then your previous marriage certificate, certified translations of all required documents above with apostille stamps. Residency requirement: none. Full Croatia marriage law here.

 

Czech Republic

You will need: certificate of no impediment, certified & legalised translations of all required documents above. Residency requirement: none. Full Czech Republic marriage law here.

 

Poland

You will need: certificate of no impediment, personal details form, certified translations of all required documents above. Residency requirement: none. Full Poland marriage law here.

 

Romania

You will need: certificate of no impediment, medical form issued in Romania, personal statement, official report, certified translations of all required documents above. Residency requirement: none. Full Romania marriage law here.

 

Slovakia

You will need: certificates of no impediment, certified translations within the last 3 months of all required documents above. Residency requirement: none. Full Slovakia marriage law here.

 

Slovenia

You will need: an official interpreter for the ceremony, birth certificates issued less than 6 months ago, single status certificate, certificate of no impediment, certified translations within the last 3 months of all required documents above. Residency requirement: none. Full Slovenia marriage law here.

 

Ukraine

You will need: certificate of no impediment, certified translations of all required documents above. Residency requirement: depends on region. Full Ukraine marriage law here.

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Southern Europe

 

Cyprus

You will need: notice of marriage form, swear before a registrar that you are single and that there is no impediment to the marriage, if divorced then your previous marriage certificate, all required documents above. Residency requirement: 2 or 3 days. Full Cyprus marriage law here.

 

Greece

You will need: certificate of no impediment issued within the last 3 months, if divorced then previous marriage certificate, certified translations of all required documents above. Residency requirement: none. Full Greece marriage law here.

 

Turkey

You will need: certificate of no impediment, 6 recent photos of bride and groom, certified translations of all required documents above. Certain resorts may require medical examinations. Residency requirement: none. Full Turkey marriage law here.

 







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