Getting Married in Italy

Couples Getting Married in Italy can decide whether to have a civil, a religious or a symbolic ceremony. Civil and religious ceremonies require specific paperwork to be provided from your country to certify your identity and that there is no impediment to your marriage. Paperwork varies slightly according the couple home country.

Civil Ceremonies

Italian Wedding Ceremonies with civil validity are celebrated in town halls. Every Italian city, town or village has a town hall. In certain cases the city hall authorises external venues to celebrate Legally Binding Italian Civil weddings, in which case historic Palaces, charming Castles, beautiful Villas or panoramic terraces becomes great alternative venues. However the number of venues which offer this service are very limited.

Whether in a town hall or in another venue, Italian Civil Wedding Ceremonies are officiated by an Italian Mayor or representative in Italian and translated by an interpreter in English or in another language native to the couple. The Italian Wedding Ceremony lasts twenty minutes and mainly consists of the reading of articles of the Italian civil code.

Ceremonies can also be personalized with personal vows, readings and music. Most Italian Wedding Ceremonies are requested to last no longer than 30 minutes. No rice nor confetti are usually allowed in town halls. To make the ceremony valid, the bride and groom must have one witness each. If you are eloping then we can provide witnesses for you.

The cost of the Civil Ceremony in Italy depends on the town hall as each applies a different fees. On top of the city hall fee or the fee for the Italian authority to celebrate a wedding in another venue, the couple will need to pay for the paperwork in their native country and in Italy.

Please contact us if you want to know the most romantic civil ceremony Venues in Tuscany, on Lake Como, other Italian Lakes, Umbria, Liguria. Amalfi or Puglia.

Religious Ceremonies

Roman Catholic ceremonies can only be performed in a Catholic Church and are legally binding as they contain a civil element within the service. Whilst you will have to go through the same paperwork requested for Italian Civil Weddings, on top of the paperwork required by the Church, no actual separate civil ceremony is necessary. If you wish to Get Married in Italy with a Catholic wedding, you will need to get a Nihil Obstat signed by the bishop of your local diocese.

Protestant weddings can be celebrated in Churches but also in any other venue and in its outdoor spaces. Many churches or Pastor offer religious ceremonies in English.

Symbolic Ceremonies

Couples who marry in their home country before or after their Italian Wedding, can arrange a Symbolic Italian Wedding Ceremony. Symbolic weddings can be celebrated without any restrictions in any venue or location, indoor and outdoor.

If you are considering a Wedding in Italy and would like to speak with one of our professional Wedding Planners, please contact us directly.

Alice Guarnaschelli

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