Legal requirements for Australian citizens who want to get married in Italy.

Two primary documents are required for Australian couples who want to get married in Italy. 

These are the Atto Notorio and can be issued in an Italian Consulate in Australia or an Italian Court.

As your wedding planner in Italy, we know which Cours are faster and how to deal with the procedure quickly.

Also, an affidavit will need to be sworn in the Australian Consulate in Italy. The Australian Consul will sign this sworn declaration. After that, your wedding planner in Italy will bring this document to the competent Prefettura to legalize the signature of the Consul.

Once we have atto notorio and affidavit, the most are done!

The second step is to contact the town selected by the couple and provide them with the documents mentioned above.

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To recap what we just said for the legal marriage of Australian citizens in Italy, you will need:

  1. “Notarial deed  for wedding use” (also known as Atto Notorio):

This can be requested to the Italian Embassy or to the nearest Italian Consulate in the state where you live in Australia.

Suppose you can’t receive the Atto Notorio from an Italian Consulate in Australia (for example, because you’re already in Italy). In that case, you may obtain one from an Italian Court (we can advise on the fastest one!).

  1. AFFIDAVIT: In addition to the Atto Notorio, an Australian citizen who intends to get married in Italy will need to make a Sworn Declaration (affidavit) at the Australian Embassy in Rome or the at the Australian Consulate in Milan stating that there are no impediments to the wedding.

In any case, remember to check the validity of your Australian passport. 

Briefly, the affidavit (in Italian the so-called) Nulla Osta declares that there are no obstacles to get married in Italy and must be signed, whether you are single, divorced, or widowed, in the presence of an Australian Consular officer at the Australian Embassy in Rome or at the Australian Consulate in Milan. 

A Nulla Osta sworn outside of the Italian territory is not valid for use in Italy. 

Besides, if you have previously married, you will need to prove the previous marriage’s termination. 

The consular officer who will be present at your signature of the Affidavit/Nulla Osta will need to see, where applicable, your original divorce certificate or the death certificate of your late spouse. 

Please note that photocopies are not acceptable. 

Please also note that, following the Italian rules on marriage, a divorced woman who desires to marry again within 300 days of her divorce date must seek authorization from an Italian Judge to get married in Italy. 

The Affidavit (Nulla Osta) is valid for six months, and it costs around $70.00 per Australian citizen. All certificates, including divorce certificates or death certificates certifying the termination of your previous marriage, must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted.

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3. LEGALISATION:

Once you have obtained the Nulla Osta, it will have to be legalized by the Ufficio Legalizzazioni of the Prefettura.

You may take the document to any Prefettura office in Italy.

Your destination wedding planner can quickly locate a Prefettura Office and start the emergency procedure faster.

  1. CIVIL CEREMONY:

After all this, you or your wedding planner on your behalf will now take the Atto Notorio, and the affidavit/Nulla Osta to the Municipality selected in the Italian city where you’ve planned to marry. 

At this time, an appointment to lodge your Declaration of Intent to Marry will be given, and another for the day of the wedding ceremony. 

These two appointments may be on the same day (not always possible).

It is customary to pay a fee for the rental of the marriage hall, and this fee may vary according to the town hall you are planning to marry in. The Civil Ceremony follows the Declaration of Intent to Marry. 

You will receive your marriage certificate before the wedding ceremony or receive it immediately after the ceremony.

To get your marriage certificate recognized, you will have to affix an Apostille to the Italian Marriage certificated by the Italian authorities at the competent Prefettura of the city where you get married to be legally valid once you are back in Australia. 

Please keep in mind that during the peak marriage season (May to September), it could be challenging to get an appointment with the town hall officials and apply for the Apostille as many foreigners ask to marry in Italy during that period.

Therefore we suggest you take care of all these bureaucratic procedures quite in advance. 

Please note that if one of the two of you is Italian or is an Australian citizen with Italian residency, the Italian authorities may require that Banns be posted for at least two weeks before the wedding date.

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