Vineyards ItalyA synthetic guide to getting legal requirements.

If Italy is among the most chosen countries by foreign couples, there’s undoubtedly a reason: ideal climate, enchanting cities, art and history, unique Tuscan countryside and Amalfi’s coastline, fabulous castles, stunning lakes, splendid churches and cathedrals, and, not least, traditional dishes envied all over the world. The number of weddings of foreigners celebrated in Italy grows out of proportion every year, and the trend is destined to continue. If you’re planning to get married in Italy, there are several procedures to follow, so be prepared to set some paperwork. To make this task easier, here is a list of all the requirements a foreign citizen must obtain.

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Civil Ceremony

What kind of wedding are you willing to celebrate in Italy? Our country occupies a special place in the hearts of couples from all over the world. Most weddings are celebrated according to civil or religious rites. Therefore Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Catholic weddings can be legally binding either. However, regardless of nationality and religious faith, foreign citizens need some mandatory documents to get married in Italy.

Legally binding ceremony

Requirements for a wedding in Italy

Whether it is a civil or religious ceremony, anyone can get married in Italy as there is no legal residence requirement for a legally binding marriage. However, there are some requirements and documents necessary for a foreign citizen who wants to get married in Italy. Among the most important, there is undoubtedly the Nulla Osta, a certificate issued by the legal authority of the country of origin that certifies that there is no legal impediment to the marriage. The Nulla Osta, necessary for publications, can be issued by the Embassy or Consulate of the country of origin present in Italy or by competent authorities in the state of origin. In some cases, the Nulla Osta can be replaced by a Double Capacity Certificate, by a Notarial Deed or by a Sworn Statement. The type of document depends on the nationality of the couple. Feel free to contact us for further information.

Besides, the “nulla osta” needs to be translated into Italian and then legalized. However, if you are a citizen of one of the nations that have ratified the Munich Convention, you will be able to submit a “certificate of legal capacity to marry” issued by the competent authorities in your own country.

For all the other countries not to ratify the Munich Convention of 1980, you will need the above-mentioned “Nulla osta.” If you are a non-EU citizen and do not live in Italy, in addition to the “nulla osta,” you shall submit the additional documents required by Article 51 of Presidential Decree 396/2000, that demonstrate that you meet the legal requirements. for further information, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at the following link:
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Wedding in town hall - Italy

As you may know, an identification document such as a passport will be required. Good advice is to check the validity of documents (not expired) in time and make sure that everything is perfectly intact and legible and show the same name, as in several surnames. By law, even those who are political refugees can marry in Italy, to whom it is sufficient to present a certificate attesting their refugee status issued by the Alto Commissariato of the United Nations.

wedding Ceremony

Special requirements: Minors and previous marriages.

There are also specific cases in which Italian law requires additional requirements, even for foreign citizens, so that a marriage is legally valid: 1) Divorced people cannot marry before three hundred days from the issue of the divorce decree;

2) In the case of a widowed person, the certificate of the first marriage and the death certificate of the deceased spouse is required;

3) In case of marriage between foreign minors, the Italian law requires the Juvenile Court (the couple must be at least 16 years old).

Additional documentation may be required if the foreign couple wishes to celebrate a Catholic wedding such as the baptism certificate or a certificate attesting attendance at a premarital course or, sometimes, permission granted by the minister for the validity of the rite.

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Part of the information of this article have been taken from the website of the Italian Ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation: https://www.esteri.it/mae/en

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