How To Get Married In Czech Republic
The Czech Republic and in particular Prague is gorgeous for destination weddings. The country has lots of magical castles most of which are available for bookings as wedding venues. Another popular spot is the Prague’s Town Hall which has a wedding setting atmosphere to offer to newly engaged couples for their big day. And to top it, the Town Hall is perfect both in winter and summer for all your wedding day special wishes. Always allow for 14-30 days for getting your paperwork processed. Also, confirm the time period you need for this process since this may differ from each district office.
The following are the legal requirements you need to fulfill before getting married in the country. This will help you know what you need to bring with you before planning your perfect wedding in The Czech Republic.
The Official Requirements For You To Tie The Knot In Czech Republic
The official age for getting married is 18 years and above for both women and men.
A bride and Groom are not to be related either by adoption, blood, or marriage.
You need to have two witnesses aged above 18 years and should present their valid passports.
The Czech Republic does not have any residency requirements for you to get married here.
Obtaining A Marriage Certificate
You are required to take all the documents listed in the “matrika”(District ) office available in the region you intend to get married in. At the District Office, the couple will need to fill out the application form, set a wedding date and pay a wedding ceremony fee.
One thing to note is that each District office has different requirement, therefore be sure to confirm with the district office in the region you will getting married in. Also be sure to have a Czech translator as the ceremony is often times performed in the local language.
All weddings performed in the Czech Republic are civil and are legally recognized. Religious, traditional and non-denominational ceremonies are not officially recognized unless proceeded by a civil ceremony.
The Legal Documents You Must To Take With You
· You need to have valid Passports.
· Take with you and your spouse’s certified or original Birth Certificates.
· Ensure you get a No Impediment certificate.
· If you’ve gone through a divorce you are required to show the finalized divorce papers.
· For those that are widowed, you are required to show a death certificate belonging to your previous spouse.
You are required to take your Birth Certificates, No impediment Certificate as well as Decree Absolute- if relevant- for translation. You can contact the Czech embassy in your home country for an authorized translator. Ensure the translated documents have an Apostille stamp to certify them. Of importance is that you ensure all your documents are submitted translated into The Czech language.
Please note: It is advisable to always contact the Czech Embassy in your home country for up-to-date information on the requirements of having destination weddings in the Czech Republic. You can also check with the wedding planner in the resort you will be staying at in the Czech Republic.