Legal requirements for Weddings in Italy

 Civil Weddings – Dutch Citizens

Civil ceremonies in Italy are legally binding and are officially recognized in the Netherlands. Legal procedures involve a lot of paperwork and visits to several public offices. Our experienced wedding planners will be taking care of all these procedures. Some documents however must be provided by you. Do not worry if it sounds complicated, we will be sending you easy step-by-step instructions.

Dutch citizens getting married in Italy  must present the following documents:

1)   Valid passports

2)    Full Birth Certificates

3)   Evidence of termination of any previous marriage, if applicable (final divorce decree or Certificate of Death of former spouse).

4)  Certificate of free marital status. This certificate is released by your local town hall.

5)  Nulla Osta CertificateThis certificate, stating there is no impediment to the wedding,  is released  by the foreign affairs office in the  Netherlands or by Royal Netherlands Consular Office in Italy. The Nulla Osta certificate fee  may vary.  At the present time (January 2009) it amounts to about 50 Euro.  Exclusive Weddings will be assisting you in this process.

All those planning a wedding in Italy must also comply with specific requirements of Italian law:

  1. a)   You must be over 18 of age.
  2. b)  Women must have  terminated their previous marriage at least 300 days before the new marriage.
  3. c)   You must be of opposite sex.  According to Italian regulations people of the same sex are not allowed get married.

The requirements of each town hall may slightly differ and further special requirements may occur according to your country of origin.

All those booking a wedding with Exclusive Wedding will receive detailed paperwork instructions and assistance for all the procedures in Italy.

For more information on Civil Weddings  in Italy    Contact us


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