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How to Get Married in Switzerland

A Swiss wedding is very romantic - just think - marry in winter as the snow falls outside and then spend your honeymoon skiing in the Alps. Evenings together in front of a log fire are optional (but make it even more romantic!)
Below are the legalities for marrying in Switzerland, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Switzerland Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Switzerland?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years old.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Only a civil ceremony is legal in Switzerland.


How long do I have to be resident in Switzerland before I can get married?
To legally marry in Switzerland you must be resident, however, you can have a non legal wedding there and do the legal part at home.


Getting a marriage licence
Choose the municipality in which you wish to get married and contact the town hall or registry office to obtain the papers you need to fill in, as they will vary according to the canton in which you marry. Send the papers back with the required documents below to obtain the marriage licence, which may take a few weeks to issue.
Once you have permission to marry you must hold the ceremony between 10 days and 3 months after receiving permission to marry.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Full birth certificate issued in the past 6 months.
Certificate of No Impediment.
Certificate of Single Status.
Proof of residency.
If you have been divorced then your first marriage certificate and the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.


All documents must be translated into French, German or Italian, depending on the location of your wedding in Switzerland.

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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Switzerland Registry Offices


Civil status circle Bern-Mittelland
Laupenstrasse 18A
3008 Bern
Tel: +41 31 635 42 00


Arrondissement de l'état civil de Genève
Rue de la Mairie 37
1211 Genève 6
Tel: +41 22 418 66 50


Civil Registry Office Zurich
Stadthausquai 17
8022 Zürich
Tel: +41 44 412 31 50


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Geneva Town Hall

Gemeindeverwaltung Geneve (Town Hall)
Rue de la Croix-Rouge 4,

1204 Geneve,


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