Finnish Lapland makes a great winter wedding choice, especially if you'd
like a wedding unlike any other you've ever been to. This northern European
country offers weddings year-round, but there's something about getting
married in a snow chapel and arriving by reindeer sled to make you tingle
with romance. Imagine snow softly falling outside as you say your vows and
become joined in marriage - surely there's nothing better?!
Below are the legalities for marrying in Finland, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.
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Finland Marriage Law Requirements
What are the legal requirements to get married in Finland?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be closely related by blood.
Two witnesses are required.
How long do I have to be resident in Finland before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements to get married in Finland, although you
will need to apply for a marriage licence 2 months before the ceremony.
Getting a marriage licence
Your wedding planner will complete all necessary forms and will submit them
to the Town Hall before you arrive.
What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Certified copies of Bride and Groom's passports
Certified copies of Bride and Groom's Certificates of No Impediment. These
can be issued by your local Consulate or the registry office where you live.
This usually takes 21 days.
All documents above must be stamped with an apostille, be issued no more
than 12 weeks before the wedding date, and must arrive in Finland at least 4
weeks before the ceremony.
Please note: this information is for guidance purposes
only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding
planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend
to marry for up to date details before you marry.
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Finnish Lapland Marriage
Hallituskatu 5 C,
PO box 8183,
Tel: 029 553 9661
Open: Monday - Thursday 9am-3pm and