The Philippines has some amazing beaches and sparkling blue seas which makes it an incredible wedding destination. Just make sure you obtain a Certificate of No Impediment so you can legally marry here, otherwise go for a non-legal blessing if you can't wait.
Below are the legalities for marrying in the Philippines, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.
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Philippines Marriage Law Requirements
What are the legal requirements to get married in the Philippines?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
How long do I have to be resident in the Philippines before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements to get married in the Philippines provided you obtain a Certificate of No Impediment from your embassy in Manila, although it does take 10 days to obtain the marriage licence.
If you cannot obtain a Certificate of No Impediment you must reside in the Philippines for 21 days before giving notice of impending marriage.
Getting a marriage licence
You must obtain a Certificate of No Impediment from your embassy in Manila which is valid for 3 months. For UK residents this can either be done in Manila or by a registrar in the UK which is then forwarded to the British Embassy in Manila.
When applying for the Certificate of No Impediment you must swear an affidavit that you know of no impediment to marry which is then displayed by the Embassy for 21 days before the certificate is issued.
Once you have the certificate you can apply for a marriage licence in person at the Local Civil Registrar. The application is displayed for 10 days before the marriage licence is issued.
What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Certificate of No Impediment.
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.
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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you wish to marry