How soon do we need to book?
For weddings in Italy, we need at least 6 months notice prior to your wedding. Your stay must be
a minimum of 7 nights.
Documentation required for weddings in Italy
For weddings in Italy, you will need to obtain and produce the DOCUMENTS LISTED BELOW (as applicable to you. A scanned copy of all documents will need to be emailed to Planet Holidays to ensure they are all correct – once this has been confirmed, we will provide you with details of where you will need to send all original papers to Italy:
Important: only original documents are acceptable. Only passports can be photocopied.
• PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR PASSPORT (Compulsory): the bride and groom must be in possession of a 10-year British passport. Non-British passport holders MUST notify us at first contact. You will need to send us a photo copy of the passports of the Bride & Groom.
• FULL LENGTH BIRTH CERTIFICATE (Compulsory): Both the bride and groom must be in possession of an original or certified copy full length Birth Certificate showing the names of both parents. The short version of the Birth Certificate is not acceptable in Italy.
• CERTIFICATE OF NO IMPEDIMENT (Compulsory): Both the bride and groom must obtain a Certificate of No Impediment as legal proof that they are free to marry. This document is issued by your local Registry Office and must not be dated more than 6 months prior to your wedding date.
Important: Please allow at least 2 weeks to obtain your Certificates of No Impediment.
Once obtained these certificates must be legalised (apostiled) by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
• STATUTORY DECLARATION (Compulsory): While you are waiting for your Certificate of No Impediment you should make a Statutory Declaration before a solicitor or public notary in the UK. The declaration is required by the Italian authorities and gives additional information that isn’t detailed on your CNI. The solicitor or public notary will charge a fee for this service. Fees will vary so it might be worth shopping around.
Once obtained these Statutory Declarations must be legalised (apostiled) by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
• DECREE ABSOLUTE (If applicable): If either the bride or groom has been divorced, she/he must produce an original Decree Absolute. This document must carry a coloured court stamp.
• DEED POLL CERTIFICATE (If applicable): If either the bride or groom has effected a change of name for any reason (including personal reasons, remarriage of a parent or if the bride reverted to her maiden name after divorcing), a Deed Poll Certificate must be produced. This document must be stamped and signed by a solicitor and must include the solicitor’s practice name and address plus the full name of the solicitor who witnessed the change of name.
• WRITTEN CONSENT FOR UNDER 18’s (If applicable): If either the bride or groom is under the age of 18 years, written consent from parents/guardians must be supplied to us with the Application for Marriage form.
• ADOPTION CERTIFICATE (If applicable): If either the bride or groom has been adopted, an Adoption Certificate must be produced.
• DEATH CERTIFICATE (If applicable): If either the bride or groom has been previously widowed, a Death Certificate must be produced.
• LEGALISATION OF DOCUMENTS (Compulsory): All the documents required for your civil wedding in Italy must be legalised by the FCO (www.fco.co.uk). It is your responsibility to ensure that this has been done before any documents are forwarded to planet Holidays, no less than 40 days prior to your wedding day. The FCO charges £30 per document (fee correct at the time of going to press) and an extra £6 to cover Special Delivery postage to send the legalised documents back to Planet Holidays. Payment must be made on-line (www.fco.co.uk) by yourselves - full details of what needs to be done will be sent to you with your wedding booking confirmation.
In-Resort Expenses & Visits in Italy
Travel expenses for the various visits you need to make in-resort will need to be paid by yourself locally. We assist you to arrange the visits and your Wedding Co-ordinator at your resort will meet you at the Town Hall.
Legal Requirements for Civil Weddings in Italy:
You will need to obtain all applicable documents listed above. These must be forwarded to Italy to the address advised to you by Planet Holidays. The total time taken to process your documents is about 2 months.
Upon your arrival in Italy, your Wedding Co-ordinator will assist you to complete the various procedures and make the necessary appointments. These include:
- A visit to the Registry Office to register your intent to marry.
Legal Requirements for Catholic Church Weddings in Italy:
Church weddings in Italy have also civil value. So you don’t need to precede the Catholic ceremony by a civil ceremony because it will take place at the same time in the same ceremony.
The paperwork required is the same as per the civil wedding. In addition, please note that a Catholic church wedding can only be allowed if neither the bride nor the groom has been previously married.
To arrange your Catholic church wedding in Italy, you will need to tell your local Catholic priest that you wish to get married overseas and take to him your and your future spouse’s Birth Certificates as well as the contact details (supplied to you by us) of the overseas priest who will conduct your wedding. Your local priest will then confirm to you which documents are required and he will be responsible for forwarding them to the overseas diocese. Upon arrival in-resort, Planet Holidays will assist you with any further requirements.
PLEASE NOTE THAT 2 WITNESSES AND AN ENGLISH SPEAKING PRIEST ARE REQUIRED FOR THE CIVIL WEDDING.
Legal Requirements for Symbolic Weddings in Italy:
These have no legal validity but couples can opt to have a Symbolic Ceremony with family and guests after a simple civil ceremony.
Legal Requirements for Religious Blessings (Protestant Church) in Italy:
Protestant Church weddings in Italy have no civil value. So you need to precede the Protestant ceremony by a civil ceremony in Italy or in your country. You will need to show your civil certificate of marriage to the pastor before the ceremony.
To arrange your Protestant church wedding in Italy, you will need to tell your local Pastor that you wish to get married overseas and take to him your and your future spouse’s Birth Certificates as well as the contact details (supplied to you by us) of the overseas Pastor who will conduct your wedding. Your local priest will then confirm to you which documents are required and he will be responsible for forwarding them to the overseas Pastor. Upon arrival in-resort, Planet Holidays will assist you with any further requirements.