Getting married in Italy

It needn’t be expensive or overly-complicated to get married in Italy.

men's black suit jacket and women's white sleeveless gown

You could go for a big, expensive event in a prestigious location, but why not have a simple ceremony in a local town hall or church?

For an uncomplicated wedding, you’ll just pay for a few documents and the church or town hall costs. Some mayors will even allow you to have an outdoor wedding.

Food and drink

Whatever type of wedding ceremony you choose, you’re bound to have an excellent wedding feast. Even the most unpretentious local restaurants will put on a sumptuous spread, because Italians excel at any kind of celebration.

Benefits 

  • excellent weather
  • picturesque locations
  • wonderful food and wine
  • stunning honeymoon locations

How to go about getting married in Italy

UK citizens

If you are UK citizens, check out the getting married abroad tool on the UK Government website.

Each partner needs the following:

  1. valid UK passport – check the validity of your passport following Brexit here
  2. certificate of no impediment or nulla osta. Find out more here
  3. statutory declaration to provide additional information that isn’t detailed on your Certificate of No Impediment. Find a template here and arrange to have it sworn before a solicitor or public notary in the UK
  4. send your certificate of no impediment and statutory declaration to the Government Legislation Office  to be legalised (this has to be done in the UK). At present, this costs GBP30 per document plus postage costs;
  5. sworn translation of the certificate of no impediment (nulla osta) into Italian by an official translator in Italy. This is a traduzione giurata (or traduzione asseverata). Many agencies and individual translators offer this service on-line.

NB, the names on all the certificates and passport must match exactly.

US Citizens
  1. valid US passport:
  2. atto notorio (notarised document):  from the relevant US Italian Consulate;
  3. original or certified copy of your birth certificate + translation into Italian;
  4. apostille on the birth certificate only, not on the translations;
  5. (if applicable) a final divorce decree or death certificate of previous spouse + translation into Italian;
  6. (if applicable) apostille on final divorce decree;
  7. a nulla osta (or sworn affidavit), done in Italy at a local US Consulate/Embassy and legalised at the Prefettura Office.

Next steps – in Italy

Civil wedding
  • book an appointment with the Ufficiale di Stato Civile (Marriage Office) in the Commune (town hall). Hand over original copies of the paperwork listed above and make a Promessa di Matrimonio (Declaration of Intent to Marry) before two witnesses and an interpreter if you don’t speak Italian. Then book a second appointment for the civil wedding ceremony
  • the  town hall normally posts banns for a period including two consecutive Sundays but this is not necessary if neither party is Italian or resides in Italy
  • the civil wedding ceremony takes place at the town hall, or in another location if the mayor is willing 
  • the declaration and the wedding ceremony can sometimes even take place on the same day  
  • the town hall issues a Certificato di Matrimonio (Marriage Certificate) certifying that the marriage is legal.
Catholic wedding
  • Promesso di Matrimonio and banns (waived if appropriate) as described above
  • a Catholic wedding ceremony  in the Catholic church of your choice.  The priest will register the marriage on your behalf so you won’t need to do a separate civil service
  • speak to the local priest well in advace to find out any additional requirements such as birth certificates, confirmation certificates, evidence of premarital counselling etc.

The picturesque area around my holiday homes is a perfect backdrop for bridal photoshoots, so guests shouldn’t be suprise to see a posing bride in all her finery.