Europe is such a diverse continent in culture, language and customs that it can be difficult to choose which of the many stunning countries to get married in. Each country also differs in its marriage laws, and we're often asked by couples which countries are the easiest to marry in, so we thought we'd share here which of the many gorgeous countries in Europe have the simplest marriage laws, so you can decide which one is best for your wedding abroad.
Please note, that although these countries don't require you to be resident, you will need to give some notice in order to marry there. We recommend you use a local wedding planner in each country who can advise on the laws and also help you get the paperwork to the authorities at the correct time. You will always require a witness to prove you have exchanged vows, and often a wedding planner can provide witnesses or act as a witness themselves.
Famous for its "Rock" and Apes, this is the easiest country in Europe in which to get married. Based on UK law, but without the residency requirements, you can marry here after staying for a minimum of 24 hours, and all the documentation is in English, so no need to translate anything.
Gibraltar weddings can take place in a multitude of places, including on top of the famous Rock of Gibraltar, which has featured in many films and has magnificent views over the straight of Gibraltar to Morocco on the other side.
The Botanical Gardens is another popular location to get married, especially as it's likely to be sunny while you say your vows since Gibraltar has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters.
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Known as the "Las Vegas of Europe", Denmark is another country where it's simple to get married if you aren't resident, and they accept documentation in English or German as well as Danish, which makes things easier.
If you're looking for a simple wedding then getting married in a town hall in Denmark is one of the best choices, but if you'd like to go the whole hog and have a "fairytale" wedding then Denmark is an excellent place to do so as there are plenty of lovely castles which offer wedding ceremonies.
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There are a couple of good reasons Cyprus is usually high
on the list of wedding abroad countries, it's easy to get married here and it has some great wedding locations (and the weather isn't bad either!). Many of the hotels and resorts here offer wedding ceremonies, so it's perfect if you'd like to bring lots of guests.
Due to its warm, dry climate, Cyprus has a long wedding "season" with resorts usually opening in April and staying open until the end of September. So if you're able to get married in April or September you're likely to have a beautiful ceremony without the weather being too hot. It'll also be quieter in the resort so you're more likely to be able to enjoy your celebrations without too many onlookers!
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Warm, sunny, great food, wide beaches and welcoming people - what's not to love about Portugal?! It's straightforward to get married here, with plenty of flights to the Algarve and Lisbon so your guests can get here easily, and lots of lovely wedding planners and venues across the country. The most popular location to get married abroad here is the Algarve, which isn't surprising as it's a popular holiday location with many stunning locations to choose from.
Other wedding options you could consider are the capital Lisbon and surrounding areas, or, further north, the pretty town of Porto, home of Port fortified wine.
Lisbon has a reputation as a city with excellent nightlife and the local music, Fado, is hypnotic, although quite sad, so perhaps not ideal for the wedding celebration itself! However, if you'd like a romantic and chic city ceremony then Lisbon is an excellent choice.
The charming northern town of Porto is ideal for a rustic wedding set amongst the vineyards, and of course, there's a great choice of wine here, from Port itself to usual strength wine, you won't be struggling to find a wine you like.
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This historic island in the Mediterranean may not be one of the first countries which springs to mind when planning a wedding abroad, but it's English speaking, isn't difficult to marry here, and has a warm, dry climate - all top reasons to choose it for your wedding abroad.
Malta is an excellent place to have a beach wedding, particularly since the sea here is an exquisite shade of blue,
or you could marry in one of the many high end resorts on the island, or in a shaded garden as the sun sets.
You could even marry on one of Malta's sister islands, Gozo and Comino, if
you're looking to get away from it all - they're secluded and private, so
just perfect for a small wedding abroad.
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We hope this round up of the easiest countries to marry in Europe has helped you decide which country is right for you. If you'd like to contact a wedding planner directly, just click on the relevant button above and one of our professional wedding planners will get right back to you.