How To Get Legally Married In Italy
Italy is a great wedding destination for many couples. Before you can get legally married in Italy, there are several steps for you to follow. Arriving in Italy a few days before the big day is advisable as there is paperwork to be done. This needs to complete on the morning of your wedding day. Also, ensure you confirm the process as it’s different for the different nationalities.
Facts on marrying in Italy;
· Civil ceremonies require no official residency requirement in Italy
· Italy legally recognizes Catholic
· Civil marriage proof is required for other religions before you can wed in a church
These can be done at the approved location by Italian authorities. These locations include castles, villas, public gardens and town halls. The ceremonies are often performed by a civil officer or city mayor. Here, consider having a translator if you don’t speak Italian. Once a destination weddings date is set, contact the Town hall of the town you intend to marry. Confirm the availability of the dates and double check the documentation requirements.
Two appointments are to be made at the Town Hall. First is for declaring your intent to get married before the Civil Registry, the second is for the real destination weddings ceremony. Be sure to confirm the number of days before the wedding you need to present all the necessary documents. To note is in Italy a woman cannot remarry 300 days after her divorce. Unless issued with a special permission from the District Attorney's office at the Courthouse in the town you are getting married. The permission will also only be issued only is she can present medical proof that she is not pregnant.
You need to get Atto Notorio within 3 months before your big day from the Italian consulate. You and your finance have to present yourself at the consulate and take two witnesses with you when applying. Atto Notorio is a declaration confirming your identity. Documents required are a birth certificate, divorce decree, death certificate and passports. Also, attach their translations and an Apostille stamp. Copies of driver’s licenses for the couple and their witnesses are required.
Documents Obtained in Italy
Nulla Osta: it’s similar to Atto Notorio since it's a sworn statement showing your identity and that no legal obstructions against you marriage under Italian and your country's Law.
Marco da Bollo Stamps: you need to purchase 2 Revenue Stamps from tabacchi stores to enable your visit to the Prefettura.
Legalizing the Nulla Osta: With both your Nulla Osta’s, the documents need to be legalized using an Apostille stamp at the provincial Italian Government Agency, the Prefettura.
Visit the Comune (City /Town Hall)
Once the documents, their translations, and Apostille are ready, you need to present yourselves before the town hall to make your intent to marry declaration. Often 2 days before the wedding day. For Italians, a post of your marriage banns needs to be posted. Then wait for two Sundays before having your civil ceremony.
Two witnesses need to be present; the ceremony will be officiated by the Mayor or their assistant.
The Marriage Certificate
This is issued by the officiant after the civil ceremony. Ensure you get it an Apostille stamp from the Prefettura and it takes a few days.