PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS FOR ITALIANS WEDDINGS
There are NO RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS to marry in
Getting married in Venice requires some
paperwork if you plan it to be legally binding.
Catholic weddings in the Venician Churches are
also legally binding in one single ceremony.
Obviously all religious and civil requirements
have to be done well in advance. Both Civil or
Catholic weddings in Italy - unlike many other
countries in the world - have to be celebrated
respectively in the "Comune" premises or in
authorized churches. Eventually you can plan to
have a private legally binding ceremony in the
Town Hall and a symbolic one with your guests in
open air, in a Palazzo or in an ancient villa or
whatever place you desire.
Any Country require some little different
approach to release a "nulla osta" (
No-impediment to the marriage certificate) to
let you get married in Italy, but as a general
rule if the wedding is celebrated according the
Italian regulation it is also valid in your
native country. Some paperwork is to be
accomplished before and after, and some "timing"
is to be respected.
Basically both, bride and groom, have to be
either single or legally divorced. By law, if
the woman divorced less than 300 days before the
new wedding date, a medical certificate of non
pregnancy should be provided. For catholics, if
one of the two had been married before with a
catholic celebration too, divorce certificate is
t be provided as well but only civil or symbolic
wedding is possible, unless you have the
"Catholic Church Annulment" (nullification) -
this procedure is so long (I am talking about
years) and you cannot give for granted it will
be any successful, so, if this is your case, we
suggest you plan either a civil or a symbolic
wedding, and only if you get the annulment plan
for a second, maybe private, ceremony.
If none of you is Italian banns are waived you
need the Authorization issued by consular
foreign Authority in Italy (consul's sign shall
be legalized by the Prefecture) The legalization
is not requested for the following countries:
Argentina, Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany,
Greece, Yugoslavia, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg,
Malta, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Alternatively you need the authorization of a
competent foreign authority confirmed by the
Italian Embassy or Consulate. The authorization
shall attest there are not obstacles to
marriage. It also shall include the following
data: name, surname, date and place of birth,
residence, nationality, unmarried status,
paternity and maternity, birth certificate (when
maternity or paternity are not provided on
Do not worry, we can help you out with all this
and send the whole paperwork to the competent
authorities to have your marriage registered in
your home Country. All you have to do is plan to
be in Venice some days in advance... but, as we
will be there releasing you from any stress,
imagine them as an advanced honeymoon!!
Here are the Requirements for U.S. citizens,
requirements for British citizens, requirements
for Canadian citizens, requirements for
Paperwork requirement for marriage of U.S.
citizens in Italy
Paperwork requirement for marriage of British
citizens in Italy
requirement for marriage of Australian citizens
requirement for marriage of Canadian citizens in