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Civil marriage in Italy

Since any destination wedding means much planning, on this page I would like to share with you, my fellow readers, useful information about the legal procedures and documents required for you to get married and to have your marriage registered according to Italian law. It is pretty hard to cover the whole planate, I mean every country, therefore I will give the information for the brides and grooms from several countries, in case you don’t find yours, just contact me directly and will discuss the issue. Italy, like any other country, has its own laws and regulations. So, in order nothing could thwart the wedding, you should follow them.

The listed countries are the ones from which couples travel most of all to Italy for weddings and engagements:

How to get Nulla Osta — document number one

First of all, everyone, who wants to tie the knot in Italy, needs to get a certificate of No Impediment (Nulla Osta) – this is the most must have document ever.  You can apply for it in your native country, where you live, or in the Embassy of your country of origin in Italy, booking an appointment before you visit it. It is issued within a week and is valid for half a year.

In case you have already been married, you will have to submit the certificate of your previous marriage. If your previous spouse have dead, you will have to present the certificate of his (her) death and the certificate of your previous marriage. But even if you have certificate of your previous marriage(s) or the Death Certificate of your previous spouse but there pased less then 300 days, you are not allowed to get married in Italy. Such a term is set to make sure, that the woman is not pregnant with a baby from her ex-husband. It sounds ridiculous, but still it is so.

Besides, couples, that decided to get married in one of the most romantic countries in the world, should keep in mind, that they need to have two witnesses. Moreover, during your wedding ceremony you will need to have an official interpreter. I will provide you with a good one.

American brides

Well, before you will be in-flight, you will have to get an Atto Nottorio at your local Consulate of Italy. This document testifies that there are no marriage impediments in the USA as well as in Italy according to both the American and Italian Civil Code. It is signed in front of two witnesses and is notarized by the Italian Consular. Besides, you need to have the following documents:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Previous Marriage Certificates (if any)
  • Death Certificate of a previous spouse (if any)
  • Valid passports

All the documents should be translated into Italian and certified

Pay attention, your passports should be stamped at the border as a prove, that you entered Italy. Also you need to have registration for your stay in the country, usually it is made by the hotel you book. It is very important things, in case the Town Hall, where you are planning to get married, asks you. Before you come to Italy, both of you should book an appointment at the American Consulate in Italy and to fill in the Nulla Osta Form. When you get this document, which will cost you 15 EUR, you should legalise it at the Prefettura of the district, where your wedding ceremony will be held.

Being already married, it is necessary to make an Apostille of your wedding certificate at Preferrura, in order your marriage will be legal in the USA.

British brides

To prepare all the necessary documents for your wedding in Italy is a really time consuming thing, so the ideal time to begin to collect them is 6 months before the event. First of all you should give notice of your intent to marry at the local registry office in the UK, if there are no objections of your marriage during 3 weeks, they will give you a Certificate of No Impediment (Nulla Osta).

Meanwhile, you should make an Affidavit in the UK. Fees for it may vary depending on a public notary. When the Certificate of No Impediment and the Affidavit are ready, you should send them to the FCO Legalisation Office to be legalised with a Hague Apostille. When the Apostille is made, the Certificate of No Impediment should be translated into Italian by Italian court translator, living in Italy.

To get the information about the fees for a Nulla Osta, you may visit the Foreign Office page UK in Italy.

Irish brides

Here, the process of getting Nulla Osta differs from the one in other countries. So, after you apply for the document, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin and the Irish Embassy in London will send it to the Embassy of Ireland in Rome, and the latter will give them to your wedding planner. All the process takes 3-4 months, so you should submit all the necessary documents in time, but not earlier than 6 months before your wedding.

Besides Nulla Osta you should have listed below documents:

  • Copy of Passports
  • Birth Certificates
  • Previous Marriage Certificates (if any)
  • Divorce Certificates (if any)
  • Death Certificates of your previous spouse (if any)
  • Court Order (in case you are under 18 years)
  • Fees (in cash)

Canadian brides

Canadian authorities do not give Nulla Osta, but they can present you a document, which contains all the necessary information, which is accepted by Italians. You may send your request to the Canadian Embassy in Rome. Moreover, you should have an Affidavit, the one, which proves that there are no marriage impediments. The Affidavit may be issued in your home country or you can book an appointment at the Canadian Embassy in Rome.

In case you decide to get your Affidavit in Canada, the original document together with certified copies of the listed below documents should be sent to the Canadian Embassy in Rome:

  • Passports
  • Canadian Birth Certificates or Certificates of Canadian Citizenship
  • Previous Marriage Certificates (if any)
  • Death Certificates of your previous spouse (if any)
  • Affidavit form (it shouldn’t be signed)
  • Parental consent (if you are under 18)
  • Fees (in cash)

Afterwards, the Canadian Embassy will send the Nulla Ostas to your wedding planner. Being already married, it is necessary to make an Apostille of your wedding certificate at Preferrura, in order your marriage will be legal in Canada.

Australia brides

At first, you will have to get an Atto Nottorio at your local Consulate of Italy. This document testifies that there aren’t any marriage impediments in Australia as well as in Italy according to both the Australian and Italian Civil Code. It is signed in front of two witnesses and is notarised by the Italian Consular. All the documents should be translated into Italian by one of the translators, that will be proposed to you by the Consulate of Italy.

To get a Nulla Osta you should visit the Australian Embassy in Rome and present listed below documents:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Previous Marriage Certificates (if any)
  • Divorce Certificates (if any)
  • Death Certificates (if any)
  • Valid passports
  • Fees (in cash)

When you get this document, which will cost you 15 EUR, you should legalise it at the Prefettura of the district, where your wedding ceremony will be held. Being already married, it is necessary to make an Apostille of your wedding certificate at Preferrura, in order your marriage will be legal in Australia.

New Zealand brides

Couples from New Zealand should apply for a Nulla Osta at the Embassy of New Zealand in Rome. Besides, you should also have listed below documents and send them to the Embassy of New Zealand in Rome by post or by Courier service:

  • Certificates of No Impediment (which you can get at the Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand)
  • Certified copies of your passports
  • Original document of a Divorce Certificate (if any)
  • Completed form “Particulars for inclusion in a Nulla Osta”
  • Your contact details as well as contacts of your wedding planner, the date and place of your wedding
  • Fees (in cash)

It takes about 7 days and your Nulla Ostas will be ready. Then they could be sent to your wedding planner or you by courier service or taken in person.

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