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Getting married in Italy

6th June 2006 |By | Be the first to comment

Choose to marry anywhere from the beautiful lakes to Shakespeare’s romantic Verona…

Why get married in Italy?

Italy is celebrated for fine wine, fine food and warm hospitality. With its rich history and beautiful, art‐drenched cities, it’s one of the great romantic venues for your wedding and honeymoon.

Because Italy grew up as a selection of city states, there’s a rich variety of customs and food from region to region. From the lush orange groves of Sicily to the unequalled scenery of the Alps, Italy offers enormous variety in its natural and historical backdrops too.

What kind of wedding ceremony can I have in Italy?

Civil weddings in Italy can only be performed in a Register Office. But as these tend to be located in beautiful historical townhall buildings, they offer a lovely setting for a wedding.

You’ll need to sign a Declaration of Intent to Marry two to five days (depending on the Municipality) prior to your wedding. The ceremony lasts about thirty minutes and is conducted in Italian. An interpreter will be needed throughout the ceremony and the Declaration of Intent to Marry. For details of Register Offices where you can book your ceremony and arrange for an interpreter, contact the Italian Embassy (see Where can I find further information?).

Most cities can arrange Roman Catholic ceremonies, where appropriate, which are automatically registered with the Italian Authorities and don’t require a civil wedding as well. In some areas mixed‐religion marriages are possible with a Dispensation from your local Parish Priest. Ceremonies for other religions can also be organised, though these are not recognised by the Italian Authorities ‐‐ here you’ll need to organise a civil ceremony beforehand, either in Italy or at home before you travel.

The Italian Embassy in London recommends that you arrange your wedding through one of its wedding specialist agencies (see Where can I find further information?).

Is it wedding weather?

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temp (°F)* 53 55 57 65 70 80 85 85 78 71 65 56
Sunshine hours* 4 4 5 7 8 9 10 8 7 6 4 3
Rainfall (inches*) 2.8 2.5 2.3 2 1.8 1.5 0.6 0.8 2.5 4 5.2 3.7
*Average daily max temp (°F)
*Average daily sunshine hours
*Average monthly rainfall (inches)

What’s the flight time?

2‐4 hours (depending on destination)

What’s the time difference?

GMT +1

Do I need a visa to enter the country?


What’s the wedding paperwork?

You need to be aware that legal requirements in Italy can vary depending on the region where you wish to marry:

  • Residency Some Register Offices in Italy will require you to sign a Declaration of Intention to Marry 2 to 4 days prior to your marriage ceremony, so always check with the individual Registrar. (Florence, for instance, requires you to visit with two witnesses, three days before your wedding.)
  • Proof of status You’ll need a Certificate of No Impediment from your local Register Office.
  • Proof of ID You’ll need to show full birth certificates and 10‐year passports.
  • Divorced An official copy of your decree absolute will be required. A re‐marriage for a divorced woman cannot take place within 300 days of the dissolution of her previous marriage.
  • Widowed If either of you are widowed you will need to produce the death certificate of your deceased spouse.
  • Age restrictions You need to be 18+ to marry in Italy without parental consent. Below this age, you’ll need to obtain parental consent in the form of a sworn affidavit.

How do I obtain a marriage licence?

A Certificate of No Impediment must be obtained from your local Register Office and sent, along with photocopies of the first five pages of your passports and your original birth certificates, to the British Consulate in the Italian city where you wish to marry. You will then be issued with a a Osta, which you take to the Register Office on your arrival.

Any documents issued outside of Italy must be translated into Italian and authorised by the nearest Italian consulate (to where the documents were issued) in the UK.

Where can I find further information?

Italian Tourist Board
1 Princes Street
Tel: 020‐7408 1254

Italian Embassy
14 Three Kings Yard
Tel: 020‐7312‐2200

Italian Consulate
38 Eaton Place
Tel: 020 7235 9371


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