Things to Know Before Planning a Destination Wedding in Italy
Destination weddings are a beautiful way to make your special day memorable. There are so many places to choose from, that the main problem with destination weddings is deciding where to go. Vietnam, the Philippines, Bali and Ibiza have the most wonderful beaches you would ever want to get married on. Greece is home to many awe-inspiring locations, including Santorini, where you get views of clear blue sea and the caldera. Hawaii, in all its natural glory, offers you hidden beaches and beautiful gardens. Lovely Portugal has the perfect weather, the perfect atmosphere, and the perfect settings for a wedding. Any one of these locations would make for a great destination wedding. Or you could just go to Italy.
Whether it’s in Rome, Venice, or Positano, Italy makes you feel like you are in a fairy tale. The spectacular sunsets in Rome create dream-like visions of golden-hued walls, domes, and church towers. Standing on the Kissing Bridge gives you great views of the city. Turn a gondola ride in Venice into a romantic sunset picnic. Cozy together as you take in the scenery. The food is great, the wine is perfect, and there are enough churches to satisfy your religious cravings.
Italy is one of the most romantic places for destination weddings. There are things you should know before you start planning the Italian wedding of your dreams.
First of all, there is a lot of paperwork to be done. All of which must be completed 6 months to the date of the wedding, or they would be considered as expired. The documents you will need include:
· Your passport
· Official birth certificates (long form)
· Divorce Decree or Death certificate (if you have been married before)
· MP1 and MP2 forms
· An application for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry, which will be sent from your country to the embassy in Rome, and from there to the place you are getting married in.
For Catholic ceremonies, extra paperwork will include:
· A pre-nuptial enquiry by both of you, provided by your local parish
· Certificates of baptism, Confirmation, and Communion issued within the last 6 months by your church
· A formal Letter of Freedom, stating that you have completed the Pre-Marital course requirements, from your parish priest.
Of course, you can have either a civil wedding or a religious wedding. For religious weddings:
· You can have a Catholic wedding without necessarily having a civil wedding
· Both or one of you has to be Catholic
· Neither of you should be divorced
· Other religions require proof of a civil marriage before the religious ceremony can take place
For civil ceremonies:
· You must have an interpreter, regardless of what language the ceremony is held in. if you have a friend who is fluent, they can serve as your interpreter
· The ceremony is conducted by the Mayor or their assistant in the Comune (town hall)
· You must have at least two witnesses of at least 18 years of age
Contact the Town Hall to find out about available dates and confirm the necessary paperwork. You must present your documents at least 2 days before the wedding.
The documents for your Catholic wedding should be presented at the church at least 2 months before your set date.
All documents must have translated copies, done by a translation agency recognized by the Italian government.
You can get more information at the Italian embassy in your country, or you could work with highly-recommended wedding planners in Italy. Don’t get put off by the work involved. Your destination wedding in Italy will be awesome in the end.