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Getting married in Italy: Where can you organise a civil ceremony?

Different to many places in the world, in Italy it is not allowed to have a civil ceremony anywhere. The civil ceremony takes place in all of the places authorized by the municipality for the celebration of weddings, but don’t worry there are multiple authorized places where you can celebrate your dream ritual and continue with a fantastic reception.

Enzo Figliolia
Destination Wedding in Puglia

To get married civilly you need some documents. These documents based on your nationality are:

· Certificate of No Impediment (UK Citizens only)

  • Original long Birth Certificate which include the names of both your parents

  • Passport

· Photocopies of the picture page of the passports for your two witnesses.

All documentation must be translated by an official translator and must be original or certified copies, and your Certificate of No Impediment must not be older than 6 months.

The cost of obtaining the correct documentation and performing a civil ceremony in Italy varies from a municipal office to a municipality, but all documentation costs from £ 1500-£2000.

Many couples then choose the symbolic ceremony, which can be celebrated anywhere and does not need all the municipal documentation. A symbolic ceremony gives you the opportunity to express your personality, your tastes and your values.

How is a symbolic ceremony and how is it performed?

A symbolic ceremony is the promise of love between two people. A symbolic ceremony offers you a lot of flexibility it can take place pretty much anywhere, mostly outdoors in the beautiful chateau grounds or in the garden. It is the exact same as a regular wedding ceremony, including the exchange of vows and exchange of rings. The only difference is that it is not legally binding.

You can opt to get legally married in your home country and have a symbolic ceremony in Italy. If you prefer, your wedding guests don’t even need to know this is a symbolic ceremony. About 30% of our couples decide to have a symbolic ceremony.

Wedding in Tuscany

What are the advantages of a SYMBOLIC ceremony?

Larger variety of ceremony venues are available

Signatures of legal(legal) document take place another day in your home country, the documents are usually a lot easier for you, do not require verification and translations, and your wedding is of course legal as well.

- Obtaining documents in your home country and the legal

- no legal documents are requested from you before your wedding

- you save time and money obtaining those documents

- the choice of ceremony venues is larger

Marco Bernardi
Wedding in Lake Garda

Angela Salzano

Wedding Planner


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