Legal Aspects

Full assistance with the legal aspects of the wedding and related bureaucracy.

Wedding Bureaucracy

We will provide complete assistance with your paperwork and bureaucratic requirements to ensure a trouble free marriage in Italy. Your wedding in Italy will be valid in your own country, as well as here. The legal aspects can be complex and, if not handled properly, may cause significant issues for you in the future. Our expert staff will help you with all the legalities of your wedding and you can rest assured that, with our assistance, the entire process will be trouble and stress free as we guide you step-by-step through the process.
Our services include:

  • A legal specialist to personally assist you, regardless of nationality.
  • An English-Italian interpreter.
  • Step-by-step guidance through paperwork and legal procedures.
  • Up-to-date information on the latest rules.

At first glance the laws and paperwork required to get married in Italy might seem confusing and difficult to understand so please don’t hesitate to Email us with any questions you may have. You can be assured of a prompt and accurate reply.

Legal Aspects by Country

Below are the primary legal requirements for carrying out a wedding in Italy, in accordance with the administrative and legal requirements of the UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the USA. Please note however,
The information provided below reflects the most updated instructions made available to us. The aim is to provide guidance to our potential clients and we have done so in good faith. Whilst every effort will be made to confirm the precise requirements in force at the time of the ceremony, we disclaim all liability regarding changes made authorities involved in the wedding process that are introduced after the ceremony arrangements have been confirmed. The guidance below is without prejudice to any amendments applied from time to time by responsible authorities, which will be confirmed by our staff upon confirmation of wedding bookings.

In accordance with Italian law, all foreign citizens wishing to get married in Italy need to make a declaration of marriage before the wedding; we will accompany you personally to all of the offices involved!

Note: women whose previous marriage was terminated within the last 300 days must obtain a waiver from a law court in Italy. This is issued on medical evidence that the woman is not pregnant.

United Kingdom

British citizens getting married in Italy must produce the following documents:

  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage released by your local register office after posting your notice of marriage. You have to post your notice of marriage at your local registry office.
  • A statutory declaration to be signed before a solicitor or public notary in the UK.
  • Both the Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage and the statutory declaration have to be legalized with a Hague Apostille by the FCO Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes.

The above requirements shall apply to British nationals residing in the UK. A different procedure shall apply to British nationals residing overseas.

Canada

Canadian citizens getting married in Italy must produce the following documents:

  • An Affidavit before a Public Notary in Canada (or, alternatively, a Canadian Consular officer if you live overseas). The following must be produced: your passport, Canadian citizenship certificate/long-form birth certificate (showing full parents’ details) and divorce decree (if applicable) before the Notary Public, who will endorse a copy of such documents with his/her stamp and seal
  • An original or certified true copy of a marriage record search issued by the Vital Statistics office of each Canadian province and/or territory where you have resided since reaching the age of 16.

Based on the above two documents, the Canadian Consulate in Italy will issue a Nulla Osta (Certificate of non-impediment) to be filed with the Registry Office of the city where the wedding will take place.
The Nulla Osta must be legalized at any Prefettura office in Italy.

Australia

Australian citizens getting married in Italy citizens must obtain a “NULLA OSTA” (certificate of No Impediment to the marriage pursuant to Australian law). This document is issued by the Australian Embassy in Rome or the Australian Consulate-General in Milan upon the request of the interested parties. To obtain this document, the interested parties must sign a sworn statement in front of an Australian Consular officer either in Rome or Milan and produce a valid Australian passport and a copy of a death certificate or divorce decree absolute (if applicable).

The Certificate of No Impediment will be issued immediately. This document must be legalized at any Prefettura office in Italy.

Ireland

Irish citizens getting married in Italy must contact their Department of Foreign Affairs and apply to obtain a Certificate of Freedom to Marry (Nulla Osta). Further details are available here: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/our-services/marriage-and-civil-partnership-abroad.

This Certificate must be internally conveyed to the Embassy of Ireland in Rome, which will issue a Nulla Osta (Certificate of non-impediment) to be filed with the Registry Office of the city where the wedding will take place.

United States of America

US citizens getting married in Italy must produce the following documents:

  • Valid U.S. passport
  • A certified copy in “long form” of the birth certificate containing the name of both mother (maiden name) and father. The long-form birth certificate does NOT need to be translated into Italian.
  • A final divorce decree (if applicable) or death certificate (if applicable) of the previous spouse. Neither the divorce decree nor the death certificate of the previous spouse need to be translated into Italian.
  • Atto Notorio: this document can be obtained at any Italian Consulate (or Embassy) in the US in the presence of four witnesses.
    Should this not be feasible due to restrictions imposed by the Italian Consulate (or Embassy), then said document can be obtained at any law court in Italy in the presence of two witnesses. This declaration shall state that there are no impediments to the marriage pursuant to Italian law (Articles 85, 86, 87 (par. 1, 2 and 4), 88 and 89 of the Italian Civil Code). This document cannot be issued more than 3 months before the wedding.
  • Nulla Osta or Sworn statement (to be processed in Italy): This document must be issued in the presence of a U.S. Consular Officer (either in Milan, Florence, Rome or Naples). This declaration shall state that there are no impediments to the marriage pursuant to US law. The presence of witnesses is not required. This document must be legalized at any Prefettura office in Italy

The above requirements shall apply to British nationals residing in the UK. A different procedure shall apply to British nationals residing overseas.

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