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How to Get Married in Spain

Many couples dream of marrying in Spain, however the marriage legalities do stop many from legally exchanging vows here. Either pop over the border to Gibraltar to marry and then have your reception in Spain, or marry at home first - your guests don't have to know!
Below are the legalities for marrying in Spain, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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How do I Get Married in Spain?

Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related.


How long do I have to be resident in Spain before I can get married?

Usually one of you must be resident for two years before the wedding or own property in Spain. Alternatively, if one of you is Catholic then you do not have to be resident and you can have a Catholic ceremony.


How Do I Get a Marriage Licence in Spain?

You must bring the papers mentioned below and fill in an application form to marry at the Civil Registry where the marriage will take place.
Your intent to marry notice must be posted for fifteen days before you can marry and must be sworn by the applicants.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?

Original birth certificates certified and translated by an approved translator and notarised with an apostille.
Certificate of No Impediment to marry (usually issued after the intent to marry notice has been posted for fifteen days).
Certificate of Residence.
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 and your former marriage certificate must be shown.
If your name has been changed by deed poll then legal proof must be shown, stamped and dated by a solicitor (including if you are divorced and have reverted to your maiden name).
Please note: the documentation required varies from state to state in Spain and some, if not all documents will need to be translated and notarised with an apostille seal.


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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Spain Marriage Registrar's Office

Civil Registry Madrid

Calle Pradillo,

66 Madrid

Tel:+34 91 397 3700


Civil Registry Barcelona
Placa Duc de Medinaceli, 2
Tel:+34 93 412 0474

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