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How to Get Married in Italy

Romantic Italy, the home of love - there's no better place to be joined in marriage. With plenty of wedding planners throughout the country, you're bound to find one which offers the ceremony of your dreams.

Rome, Venice, the Lakes, Sicily - the hard part is choosing just one! However, you do need to make sure you comply with Italian marriage law in order to get married legally, just take a look below for full details.

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

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Italy Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Italy?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be closely related by blood.
An official translator must be present at the civil ceremony if both parties are not Italian.
The marriage must take place in a building with a roof and not outdoors.

 

How long do I have to be resident in Italy before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements to get married in Italy. If resident in the UK excluding Scotland then you can't start the process until 6 months before your wedding, if resident in Scotland then not more than 3 months beforehand.

 

Getting a marriage licence
Italy does not have marriage licences. Instead you need to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI), a Statutory Declaration, and any additional papers required by the commune in which you wish to marry.
To obtain a CNI you must produce birth certificates, full passports and photocopies, decree nisi or death certificate if divorced or widowed and deed poll showing any change of name. You can obtain a CNI from your local registry office in the UK or home country - please note this takes up to 21 days to obtain.
You can obtain a Statutory Declaration from a solicitor or notary in your home country.

 

What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Passports.
Full birth certificates with a certified translation.
Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) which can be issued by your local registrar. It must be legalised with an apostille stamp at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK, or your home country equivalent. Once legalised it must be translated in Italy and sworn before an Italian court.
Statutory Declaration made before a solicitor or notary in your home country, and legalised with an apostille stamp at the FCO. Download Statutury Declaration form here.
If you have been divorced then your first marriage certificate and the final divorce papers must be shown with a certified translation. Brides must have been divorced for at least 300 days in order to remarry.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown with a certified translation.
Apostille stamps can be obtained at the Legalisation Office in the UK. More details on marrying in Italy for UK nationals can be found on the FCO website.

 

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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