Wedding in Italy

Are you thinking of getting married in Italy?

f you are thinking of getting married in the city of St. Francis and St. Clare, here are some tips you should know about civil marriage ceremonies, wedding rites religious and all information for foreign nationals who intend to get married in Italy.
  • Documents and procedures for foreign citizens who wish to get married in Italy

    In order to get married in Italy, foreign citizens shall need to abide by a specific procedure that includes and expands the requirements set-forth for Italians.  First of all foreign citizens must prove they are free to marry (single, not closely related to their spouse or mentally impaired, and so on).  In lieu of a “nulla osta” US Citizens shall need to present a signed and authenticated Affidavit of Eligibility to Marry issued by a US Consulate in Italy to the local Prefect’s office together with the Notary Act (Atto Notorio) sworn in front of the Prefect. The time required to obtain these certificates can vary greatly in accordance with the bureaucracy  of the country issuing them. Everyone other than UK or Scandinavian citizens can in any case rely on the European Convention by which once a marriage has taken place, is automatically transcribed in the spouses’ respective Country of origin.
    Citizens of other Countries can request a multi-lingual certificate of marriage apt to be transcribed in a relatively short time

  • Italian citizens residing abroad

    If both future spouses reside abroad (and recorded in the ” AIRE” – Registry of Italian citizens residing abroad) their local Italian Consulate shall prepare and post the marriage banns.
    If one of the two future spouses resides abroad (registered in the AIRE), and the other in Italy, either the Consulate or County Clerk’s Office may issue the marriage banns. It is nonetheless advisable to have the County Clerk of your chosen wedding location issue the banns.

  • Religious Marriage documents

    La procedure del matrimonio religioso è un pò più complicata, ma non troppo. Oltre ai documenti necessari per una cerimonia civile hai bisogno di:

    • Atto di battesimo: questo può essere facilmente ottenuto dalla parrocchia dove siete stati battezzati.
    • Certificato di Cresima: ottenibile attraverso la parrocchia dove sei battezzato, e non necessario se il certificato di battesimo elenca anche la data di battesimo.
    • Certificato di stato libero di questo documento è necessaria solo se uno dei futuri sposi, dopo l’età di 16 anni, ha vissuto una diocesi iversa da quella corrente per almeno un anno.
    • Certificato del corso prematrimoniale: il certificato rilasciato dalla parrocchia al termine del corso di consulenza prematrimoniale della coppia.
    • Il futuro sposi dovranno quindi portare questi documenti alla parrocchia che intendono sposarsi. Il sacerdote incaricato della parrocchia deve programmare una serie di riunioni preparatorie e consenso al matrimonio, in seguito.
    • Autorizzazione scritta del vostro Vescovo è necessario se si desidera sposarsi in una chiesa diversa dalla propria.
  • Civil marriage requirements for Italian citizens

    The civil marriage procedure for Italian citizens is pretty straight-forward and only requires readily obtainable documentation.
    Two months before the wedding, the future bride and groom must meet at the Vital Statistics Office of the County one of the two resides in and request the necessary documents.

    They will be given two documents:

    • Certificate of Birth
    • Certificate of Civil Status (which includes their home address, civil status and citizenship)

    If one of the two was divorced or widowed, they will need to present the related divorce decree or a certificate of death.
    Thereafter, the County Clerk will proceed to issue the necessary documentation and personally contact the future couple to set the date for their engagement oaths.
    Italian Law no longer requires engagement oaths to be witnessed by a parent or anyone else. After the engagement ceremony, marriage banns  listing the personal data relative to the couple as well as their place of marriage is posted on the font door of their respective  County Clerk’s Office for 8 days.
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  • The necessary documents
    • A birth certificate
    • A valid passport
    • A certificate of residency
    • A “Nulla Osta” issued by your Consulate (or Embassy). If your Country does not belong to the European Union,  the signed “nulla osta” must be authenticated by the Prefecture. Should the personal information on the” nulla osta” be incomplete, a multi-language birth certificate shall be required (or a birth certificate translated by a Consulate, Embassy or professional translator).
    • You will need two adult witnesses (at least 18 years old) with valid personal identification documents.
    • A document specifying the length of your authorized stay in Italy (pursuant to Italian Law 94/2009 “Dispositions on the matter of security”)