We try to answer some of the most common questions about getting married in Italy.
Q:What documentation is required for a valid wedding in Italy?
Contact your embassy in Italy as they can provide a full list of documents required to get married in the Bel Paese.
Q:Is a marriage in Italy valid all over the world?
A: A wedding between two foreigners neither of whom is resident in Italy is called a "matrimonio di transito" (transit wedding) and is recognised all over the world. The local town hall supplies you with dual-language copies of the legal wedding certificate, which can also be used to register the
wedding with your own local registry office.
Q:Where can I get married in Italy?
A: Marriages in Italy are only valid if performed in legally recognised locations. These, in general, are just town halls and churches, although some other locations may have been recognised in some parts of Italy.You will need to talk to the local town hall to find out what other locations are available.
For a wedding in a church you need to talk to the local priest to arrange the date and the exchange of documents between the town hall and church. Catholic priests will typically also require some evidence that you went through a wedding preparation course, which could be as simple as a signed letter from your local Catholic church in the UK.
Q:Do I need an interpreter at the ceremony?
A: Yes. An officially recognised interpreter is required at the Ceremony even if you feel confident with your level of Italian.
Q:What kind of ceremony are available in Italy?
Various options are available, with the most common being civil weddings and religious wedding ceremonies, in either Catholic or Protestant churches. You can also choose a Symbolic or Commitment wedding ceremony, which is the right choice for those who prefer not worry about completing documents for a civil or religious one. This type of wedding is not legally binding and spouses have the freedom to personalize the ceremony.