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How to Get Married in Iceland

As long as you plan ahead a marriage in Iceland is straightforward, just make sure you leave enough time to send the documents over and obtain the proof that you're single. Want to marry on a volcano, or by the blue lagoon? Look no further!

Below are the legalities for marrying in Iceland, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Iceland Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Iceland?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses are required who are personally known to you.


How long do I have to be resident in Iceland before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements to get married in Iceland, although the paperwork must be sent to the Registry Office at least 2 weeks before the ceremony.


Getting a marriage licence
You must send the papers mentioned below to the National Registry Office in Reykjavik at least 2 weeks before the wedding.
In order to obtain the Certificate of Marital Status you must declare that you are free to marry before a notary public. This must be done no more than 4 weeks before the wedding takes place.
The Registry Office will send you witness forms which your witnesses must fill in and return.
You must send your divorce papers to the Ministry of Interior so they can certify that your papers are legal.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Birth Certificates.
Certificate of Marital Status.
Witness forms.
Flight tickets.
Confirmation from the Directorate of Immigration that you are legally residing or staying in Iceland.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown and papers showing the estate & liabilities of the deceased person.


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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Iceland Marriage Registrar's Office


Skogarhlio 6,

150 Reykjavik,


Tel: +354 569 2400

Fax: +354 562 4870.


Ministry of the Interior

Solvholsgata 7

150 Reykjavik


Tel: +354 545 9000

Fax:+354 552 7340


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