Legal requirements for civil weddings in Italy

Getting married in Italy can often be a bit daunting so what exactly do you need to do the deed?? As a wedding planner I have a wealth of experience in dealing with many British, Irish, American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand couples and their countries rules and regulations for getting married in Italy and will help you through the minefield of bureaucracy so that the process won’t make you loose sleep or make you want to pull your hair out before the wedding!

Things that you really need to know.

Italy has a very strange law that states that women who are divorced or widowed cannot marry for 300 days which may seem a little strange but the reason apparently for this is to ensure that the woman isn’t pregnant with another man’s child which could result in a paternity suit although to be honest I’m still not quite sure how a dead man could make a claim to a child… so as long as you have been divorced or widowed for more than 300 days you’re good to go.

If you have been married before then you will have to present your previous marriage certificate(s) and Decree Absolute(s) depending on how many times you have been married before, Richard Burton & Liz Taylor would have needed a mountain of paperwork to get married here, and if you are a widow or widower then you will need to produce the death certificate and marriage certificate for your previous spouse.

Everyone getting married in Italy will need a Nulla Osta, this is a certificate of No Impediment which is issued by the Embassy  or Consulate of your country of origin here in Italy. They are only valid for 6 months but I’ll let you know when you need to start the paperwork as applying for them too early will mean that you’ll have to do the whole thing all over again. The Nulla Osta is issued in Italian and is possibly the most important document that you will need in order to get married here.

If you are under the age of 18 or 20 if you’re from New Zealand then you will need the written consent of your parent or guardian in order to get married so no eloping I’m afraid!

You will need two witnesses who must be 18 years of age or over.

The wedding ceremony is conducted in Italian so you will need an official interpreter for this, at least 2 days prior to the wedding there is Verbal Declaration at the town hall where you are going to get married, this is where your documents are checked and you confirm there are no impediments to the marriage according to the Italian Civil Code, the date of this will be confirmed on booking your wedding date and must be here in Italy for that.

Marry Me In Tuscany offers an Interpreter service, please ask for details.

So you’re getting married, you’ve booked the wedding – what do you need to do next?

In order to keep things nice and simple the following information is based on couples being the same nationality, if you come from different countries not a problem you each need to apply for your Nulla Osta from your country of origin and in some cases there are different forms for you to complete. Don’t be put off though I will confirm your individual requirements are so you can get married in Italy.

British couples

With effect from the 1st of March 2013 the requirements for British couples resident in the UK have changed, the old procedure will continue to run in parallel to the the new procedure but will be phased out by the 31st of August 2013, the British Consulate will still issue Nulla Ostas up to the 31st of May 2013.

You should start the process for your documents 6 months before your wedding date if you are resident in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and 3 months before if you are resident in Scotland.

Step 1:

You will both still need to give notice of your intent to marry at your local registry office in the UK, after 16-21 days assuming no one has objected to your marriage they will issue you both with a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI). It is important that your names on your CNIs are exactly the same as those on your passports.  These documents do not need to be translated into Italian.

Step 2:

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. You can download the bi-lingual statutory declaration here .

The declaration is required by the Italian authorities and gives additional information that isn’t detailed on your Certificate of No Impediment. The solicitor or public notary will charge a fee for this service. Fees will vary so it might be worth shopping around.

Step 3:

Legalising your documents for the Italian Authorities – When you have your Certificate of No Impediment and you have made your Statutory Declaration, you need to send them both to the FCO Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes for each to be legalised with a Hague Apostille. The Legalisation Office will charge for this – please check the current charges and procedure on the Legalisation Office website.

Step 4:

Once both these documents have been legalised, you will then need to have the legalised Certificate of No Impediment translated. As it will become an Italian legal document it must be translated by a translator based in Italy and recognised by the Italian courts. Marry Me In Tuscany will offer this service to our clients. The Statutory Declaration does not need to be translated since it is already in both languages.

For more information about British couples getting married in Italy you can also consult the Foreign Offices page UK in Italy – page – MARRIAGE IN ITALY where you’ll also find the current fees for the Nulla Ostas.

For British couples living in Australia or other commonwealth countries please see this link for helpful information on the process for the documentation required to marry in Italy.

American Couples

Things start to get a little bit more complicated for American citizens but a faint heart and lots of patience will win your maiden.

Before leaving the US you will have to go to your local Italian Consulate to get an “Atto Nottorio” this is an oath which is sworn in front of two witnesses and notarized by the Italian Consular stating that there are no legal impediments to the marriage according to the laws to which the person concerned is subject to in the United States.

The “Atto Nottorio” also states that there are no impediments for the person requesting to marry in Italy according to Article 116 comma 2 (art. 85, 86, 87 number 1, 2 & 4) of the Italian Civil Code. Basically these refer to you not being mentally insane, not related in any way and my personal favourite that you haven’t tried or been convicted for killing a partner or another person. Although it is advisable to get this in the US it can be obtained in the lower courts in the region where you are getting married but you will have to arrive earlier in order to do this.

You will need to get your documents Birth Certificates, previous Marriage Certificates and Decree Absolute, Death Certificates of a previous spouse translated and authenticated, the Italian Consular will give you the name of a registered translator for this service.

On arrival in Italy and depending on the Town Hall where you are getting married, you may be asked to prove your entry into Italy  so it is important that you get your passport stamped at the border and also confirmation that you have been registered with the police for your stay in Italy by your hotel/villa. I know which Town Halls ask for this information so will let you know if you need to insist on getting your passport stamped on arrival.

About a month before coming to Italy you should also book an appointmentat the American Consulate for Tuscan weddings this is in Florence. It’s VERY important that you both book an appointment. Appointments tend to be on a Tuesday & Thursday so it’s important that you arrive in Italy early enough to get these before the wedding. You should also download the Nulla Osta Form fill it in but don’t sign it. The fee for the Nulla Osta can be paid in US$ in cash or by credit card.

Security is very tight at the Consulate so you will only be admitted if you have an appointment. Once you have your prized Nulla Osta they should be legalized by the Prefettura of the district where you are getting married, (you will need two Marca da Bollo (administration stamp) to the value of €14.62).

If you are using a wedding planner then they should do this for you, Marry Me In Tuscany does!

So now you’re good to go to the Verbal Declaration.

After the wedding it’s important that your wedding certificate is taken back to the Prefettura to request the placement of an “Apostille” on the certificate so that your marriage is legal in the US, again Marry Me In Tuscany will do this for you and post your marriage certificates on to you at home.

Irish Couples

We’re going to assume for this that you both live in Ireland or England, if you don’t then please ask for details of where you should apply for your Nulla Osta. In Ireland these are dealt with by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin and the Irish Embassy in London and they will send the documents to the Irish Embassy in Rome who will then post the Nulla Osta to the person organizing your wedding in Italy one month before the wedding. The processing of the documents takes around 4 months so it’s important that you submit your application in time but please note that the the application forms for the Nulla Osta cannot be completed earlier than six months before the date of your intended marriage. That is, the date of the Statutory Declaration which is completed in the presence of the Commissioner for Oaths, Public Notary or Solicitor, cannot be earlier than six months before the date of your intended marriage.

Documents you will need:

• Original Long form of civil birth certificate
• Court Order if you are under 18 years
• Death Certificate of previous spouse if widowed
• Petition and Final decree of divorce: if divorced
• Copy of Passport
• Fee – the current fee is €20

Each person applying for a Nulla Osta will need to complete these forms MP1, MP2  if you are single form MP2A, forms relating to divorcees can also be found and downloaded from  this link.

Australian Couples

To get married in Italy you will need an “Atto Nottorio” this is an oath which is sworn in front of two witnesses and notarized by the Italian Consular stating that there are no legal impediments to the marriage according to the laws to which the person concerned is subject to in Australia.

The “Atto Nottorio” also states that there are no impediments for the person requesting to marry in Italy according to Article 116 comma 2 (art. 85, 86, 87 number 1, 2 & 4) of the Italian Civil Code. Basically these refer to you not being mentally insane, not related in any way and my personal favourite that you haven’t tried or been convicted for killing a partner or another person.

Although it is advisable to get this in Australia, it can be obtained in the lower courts in the region where you are getting married but you will need to be here early in order to do this as they are done by appointment only.

You may have to have your documents translated but the Italian Consulate will give you a list of translators who are qualified to do this. You should contact the Italian Consulate in the State where you live for an appointment.

You will also need a Nulla Osta which is issued by the Australian Embassy in Rome, no appointment is necessary. In order to obtain the Nulla Osta you must go in person and present the following documents:

  • Full Birth Cerficates (showing your parents details)
  • Evidence of any previous marriages (marriage certificates and divorce certificates)
  • Your Australian passport
  • Fee in cash currently 50 AUS$ The Embassy does not accept credit cards.

Once you have your prized Nulla Osta they should be legalized by the Prefettura of the district where you are getting married, (you will need to get two Marca da Bollo (administration stamp) to the value of €14.62) if you are using a wedding planner then they should do this for you, Marry Me In Tuscany does!

After the wedding it’s important that your wedding certificate is taken back to the Prefettura to request the placement of an “Apostille” on the certificate so that your marriage is legal in the Australia, again Marry Me In Tuscany will do this for you and post your marriage certificates on to you at home.

Canadian Couples

For Canadians wishing to marry in Italy, you will need a Nulla Osta, the Canadian Government doesn’t issue these but don’t loose heart they do issue a declaration containing the relevant information which is accepted by the Italian authorities. Requests for the declaration can be made by appointment at the Canadian Embassy in Rome or by mail. Their delivery service standard is 3 business days from the time they receive a complete request so quite a quick turnaround.

You must first complete and swear an affidavit to the effect that there is no impediment to the proposed marriage. You may swear the affidavit in Canada, or you go go in person to the Canadian Embassy in Rome you will need to book an appointment and you can contact them by e-mail or fax to request one.

If going to the Canadian Embassy in Rome you will need to take with you the following documents.

  • Unsigned affidavit form  (you can download it from here).
  • Valid Canadian passport;
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship (Canadian birth certificate or Certificate of Canadian Citizenship). (If you were born in Québec: Only birth certificates issued on or after January 1, 1994, by “Le Directeur de l’état civil” in the province of Québec are accepted);
  • Complete details of the future spouse (full name, date and place of birth, residence, father’s name and mother’s full maiden name);
  • Final divorce decree or death certificate of previous spouse (if divorced or widowed);
  • Parents’ consent (if the person is under marriageable age).
  • Appropriate fees. (see here for how to pay and current fees payable)

If you are going to swear your Affidavit in Canada then you can do this with a Public Notary, the original Affidavit and certified copies of the above documents should then be sent to the Canadian Embassy in Rome, payment of the fee can be paid on line or by bank transfer see the link above for details of how to do this.

The Canadian Embassy will then send your Nulla Ostas to your wedding planner, who will get them legalized at the local Prefettura before you arrive the cost for the Marca da Bollo (Administration stamp) is €14.62 per Nulla Osta.

After the wedding it’s important that your wedding certificate is taken back to the Prefettura to request the placement of an “Apostille” on the certificate so that your marriage is legal in the Canada, again Marry Me In Tuscany will do this for you and post your marriage certificates on to you at home.

New Zealand Couples

New Zealanders wishing to get married in Italy will need to get a Nulla Osta which is issued by the New Zealand Embassy in Rome. Applications for the Nulla Osta  together with the documents listed below can either be sent by Courier, post or delivered in person).

  • An original Certificate of No Impediment issued by Births, Deaths & Marriages from Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand.
  • Certified copies of the biodata pages of your passports
  • A completed and signed form “Particulars for inclusion in a Nulla Osta” (you can find this by clicking on the link above for the Embassy)
  • The fee for processing the Nulla Osta is €40; payable to ‘New Zealand Embassy’ by bank draft (assegno circolare). If you want to have your documents returned by courier there is an additional fee of €30. A single bank draft of €70 is acceptable. If you go to the Embassy in person then you can pay in cash.
  • The original copy of the decree nisi or order of dissolution of previous marriage if either the bride or the groom is divorced.
  • A covering letter with your contact details, your wedding planners contact details, the date and place of our wedding, and any other information which may be useful to your application.

Once they have all the necessary documents and the fees have been paid, it usually takes about a week for the Embassy to prepare the Nulla Ostas. The documents can then either be collected in person or couriered to you or your wedding planner.

I hope that having read this and all the requirements you’ll need to fulfill that you don’t feel overwhelmed by it all, I know that it can be daunting, but I will guide you through each and every step to make sure that when you arrive in Italy all your documents are in order so that all you have to do is turn up and enjoy your day, if you have any questions please do ask, I’m here to help.

88 thoughts on “Legal requirements for civil weddings in Italy”

  1. For an Australian citizen how long do you need to present in Rome or Milan to obtain you Nulla Osta prior to your wedding ceremony?

    1. Dear Toni,
      thanks for your enquiry. You normally need to be in Italy at least a couple of days before your wedding day because you have to be at the pre verbal hearing in the town hall.
      I’ll send you an email to explain you how to do. Thanks for contacting us!!!

  2. We are US citizens.Is it possible to have a “wedding ceremony” in Italy, without going through all the legal paperwork and red tape involved in making it legal in the US? Our plan would be to then have a US ceremony at a later date to make it legal here in our country.

    1. Dear Rebecca, thanks for your comment. The kind of ceremony you are thinking of is possible, no problem. I’m going to send you an email with all the details .
      Have a nice day!!
      Hewelin

      1. Me and my fiancée are actually wanting to do the same thing, but instead we wanted to get our marriage license a few days before we left. Can I receive some information on this also.

      2. May we be provide this information as well, we to are US Citizens and would like only like a wedding Ceremony, but also would like to make it legal in the US at a later date.
        thanks

      3. Pls my name is peter am from Nigerian am an immigrant here in italy my fiancée is from USA and we will like to get married here in few months I want to know if you can help us with all the papers needed for us to get married here in italy here is my email Samuel.katy@yahoo.com

  3. In five weeks, my fiance and I would like to get married in Florence, but we’re on a tour that has us there just three days. Would this be enough time to do all the legal processes involved? It’s just the two of us and we’re keeping it simple. Could you also provide an idea what your fee is for your services? Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Best regards,
    Gordon

  4. Hello,

    I’m a US citizen and my fiance is a Bangladeshi citizen. At the end of August, my fiance and I would like to get married in Italy, but we’re trying to figure out what paperwork or documentation we need to complete in order to do that. There’ll probably be about 10 people to witness the wedding as we’re keeping it simple. Could you also provide an idea what your fee is for your services? Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Best regards,
    Raj

  5. I am an American and understand we need to be in Italy a few days in advance to get the paperwork completed. I read a few places that we’d need to file our paperwork again after the ceremony with the Italian government to get the documentation we need to make it legal in the US. is that true? If so, how long total should we plan to spend in Italy from start to finish?

    Thank you!

    1. Dear Emily,thanks for your inquiry. it normally takes a couple of days to have all yor document and you have to be here for the pre verbal hearing that is 2 days before that wedding: assumed that you get your documents from the American Consulate in Florence and we’re able to legalize it the same day, the following day you’ll have the pre verbal hearing and in 2 days you can get married, so 4 days in total.
      I’ll send you more details per email.
      Bye bye!! Hewelin Marry me in Tuscany

  6. Hi,
    I am from Bangladesh, and my finace is Italian citizen. I want to know once the Nulla Osta is issued by the Bangladesh embassy in Italy, do I need to present personally or someone can do it for me to legalize it at Prefettura?

  7. Hi There,
    Myself and my fiancé are marrying in July 2016 in Lake Garda. I am Irish with permanent NZ residency and he is a New Zealander,who also has an EU Dutch passport. We currently live in Indonesia but hope to move to Holland next January provided we get jobs. Phew that sounds confusing ha 🙂 so my question is how difficult is it for us to have a legal marriage in Italy or is it advisable to just have a symbolic ceremony? And legal in either Ireland, Holland or New Zealand?
    Thanks so much for any help, we have read endless websites
    Michelle 🙂

    1. Hi Michelle,
      I know that italian burecreacy looks like a mess and in fact….it is!!! And more difficult when you live abroad! I’ll send you an email with info about all the legal requirements, no panic!! Thanks for writing on my blog!
      Hewelin
      MMIT
      Siena Office

  8. Hi Hewelin,

    My Fiancè and I are planning to get married at the end of this year. He is Spanish citizen and I’m a Filippina. We would like to get married at the comune di Milano, but I have no idea what are the requirements. We both live here in Milan, although he aswell is an Australian citizen. I went to our Philippine embassy here in Milan, but all the requirements are just for me obviously. I also checked the commune di Milano website, but would love to know more about it. I would appreciate a reply. thanks and godbless 🙂

  9. Hi Hewelin,

    My Fiance and I are coming to Florence in 3 weeks on a city break.
    And I got the idea that it would be fantastic if we can getting married there.
    I have read about the legal documents and requirements needed to marry in Italy
    And I am afraid that we don’t have the time to provide them.
    We are bulgarians but live in UK and I consider it would be more complicated.
    Therefore, as Rebecca above asks-
    Can we have a ‘wedding ceremony’ without going through the legal procedure?
    It is just two of us and we want something simple…
    We will have our legal ceremony in Bulgaria at later date.
    Looking forward to hear from you. Many thanks in advance!
    Best wishes,
    Cveti Andonova

  10. Hi,

    We are a canadian couple. We would like to get married in FLorence. We are in Florence from August 10 to 17. We heard August is complicated for a civil wedding as a lot of places are closed. Also, is it too late to do all the paperwork? We don’t know where to start.
    Best regards,

    Marie

  11. Hi there

    we are south African citizens would like to have civil ceremony in oct, and our local embassy is taking a while with out CNI and longform birth certificates. If it so happens that we leave for Italy without them, does this mean we can longer have a civil ceremony and would have to settle for a blessing ceremony? or it means we cant get issued with marriage certificate till they have received necessary docs

    1. Dear Vee, thanks for your comment. I’ll be glad to give you more info and explain you about documents per email.
      Thanks for posting on my blog! Hewelin MMIT Tuscany

  12. Hi,

    My fiance (Australian citizen) and I (New Zealand citizen) want to get married in Italy in October 2015. It will be just the 2 of us, so it’ll be something beautifully intimate and peaceful. Where do I start planning??

    Warm Regards, Tania and Louie x

    1. Hi Tania,

      Did you end up getting married in Italy? I am in the same position as you, an NZ citizen with an Australian citizen fiance. Just wondering on the process you had to take.

      Look forward to hearing from you.

  13. Hi. I am from south africa, my fiance is from italy. I am organising my unabridged birth certificate and letter of no impediment. I will go to the south african embassy in rome in july in order to get the nulla osta. We are marrying in december. Is there anything else i need? Many thanks

    1. Hello Rae

      This is a year late 🙁 but truly hoping you could tell me what documents were needed for you to get married in Italy, I have just got my unabridge translated still need to do the letter of non impediment.

      any advise or help would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks so much!

      Kind regards,
      Nicole Shapiro

  14. Hi. We are a norwegian couple who are planning to get married in Italy (Tuscany to be precise). Are there any specific requirements regarding Tuscany?
    Regards.

  15. Hi,

    We are a British/Italian couple both officially resident in the UK and in my partners case as an Italian national living abroad. Sorry if I’ve missed it, but could you just clarify that the procedure you listed here for British couples, only applies to me, and that my partner has to apply for his Bans at the UK consulate? Could you also clarify – once we have all these documents approved and translated into Italian, thats it – that we just have to go to the place where we are getting married two days before with them?

    Thanks so much.

  16. Hi, my name is Larry from Nigeria west Africa, my fiancee leave in Torin in Italy, and she have been separated for her formal husband from 2008, and she got divorced 4th of May 2015, now their is no documents to proved that her divorced is done, please what could she do now to have evidence to show that her divorced is done, because we are going to have our wedding in August 2015. Thanks for our advice.

    1. Dear Larry,
      unfortunately in Italy there is a law that states that a women cannot marry if her divorce date is less than 300days from her supposed wedding date. That means she has to be divorced at least 300days before than the exact wedding date.
      Wish you all the best for your future life together!!
      Hewelin
      Marry me in Tuscany

  17. hello
    we wish get married in italia
    she is swedish and iran citizen .
    i have permesso di sogiono in italia and civil status from iran
    we want know what we have to do ?

  18. I have an Italian permit and my fiancee is a German. We are planning of getting married in November. What are the necessary documents we need to provide for the wedding to be successful. .

  19. hey, i am an Australian and my fiancee is a Lebanese with a french residency,
    can you please email me what papers we need to be able to marry in Verona or Portofilo and how much will it cost approximately.
    Thanks!

  20. Hii, i am indian student studying in france , i want to marry my italian girl friend in italy, do i need my birth certificate and unmarred certificate apostle from india or indian embassy in rome, and my second question is my visa is going to expire next month, is it possible to marry my girlfriend in few days and apply for italian residency , i would appreciate for reply

  21. Hey there I’m South African living in New Zealand and have New Zealand Permanent Residency,my girlfriend is Italian and we planing to get married in Italy in January 2016..Question:What documents paperwork do I need to have to get married in Italy and to Italian

  22. Hi Hewelin, I’m italian resident in Italy and my fiance is English citizen resident in Italy, what documentation ( where and when we can get it) he needs to get married in Italy. We planned the wedding for sept. 2016. thank you for your help! L

  23. Hi I’m Indian I want marriage with Italian boy I have no nulla osta and Indian embassy didn’t gave me nulla osta can I get marriage without nulla osta please gave me answer.

    1. Dear Ramanjot,
      thanks for posting on my blog: I’m sorry but the Nulla Osta is not the valid certificate to get married in Italy for Indian citizens: what you need to issue is an Affidavit signed by both your parents.
      There’s another document needed but I’ll send you an email with more details on it. Best wishes, Hewelin

  24. Hello loads of great information, could you please email me with your price to deal with all the paperwork, me and my partner coming from Scotland next September 2016 to get married in tuscany we would maby need help with the legal stuff

    Thanks

    1. Dear Diane, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I’ve always loved scottish weddings and will love to help you in organizing your one in Tuscany! I’ll get back to you with my price list asap. Enjoy this Monday, Hewelin MMIT

  25. HI Hewelin,

    We are a British couple and in the process of organising a wedding in Florence in May.
    Could you advise how appointments are made at the town hall to make the verbal declaration

    Thanks,

    Terri

  26. I want to have a legal wedding in Florence. Can I have this at villa Cora? Do I have to go to the town hall only? I would like to have everything in the villa Cora.

  27. Hi Hewelin,

    Advice needed. Me and my partner are wanting to get married in Italy in 2016.

    We both live in the UK. I am a British citizen, my partner is originally from Slovakia (European Union) but has lived in the UK for 10+years.

    I understand the process I need to do being a UK citizen, but what would the process my partner needs to do being a Slovakian citizen?

    Thank you in advance.

  28. Hi Hevelin,

    My fiancé and I are both Chinese citizens (with Chinese passports), but living in Canada now as permanent residents. I’m so disappointed to find out that I could hardly find any information regarding to the required documents to have legal marriage in Italy for Chinese citizens. We are planning our wedding in the beginning of April of 2016 at Amalfi coast. It would be greatly appreciated if you could lend us some help.

  29. HI, My name is Sosna. I am Canadian and living in canada, my fiancé is Ethiopian citizen and living in Italy. I would like to have Religious ceremony in February, I read that birth certificate and CNI is mandatory for application of embassy. Unfortunately he moved to Italy without them. What shall I do? Is that mean my application will be invalid?let me know all the things I should do. Please help me

    1. Hi Sosna,
      thanks for posting comment on my blog: I’ll send you a private email as I need to know a duple of details before answering your request. Wish you a happy 2016! Hewelin MMIT

  30. hi,

    I am a Canadian citizen and would like to marry my fiance who is and Indian citizen, in Italy. His mother has passed away, leaving only his father to sign the Affidavit of consent. Does this suffice and is it needed? What else do we need in order to get married in Italy?
    your

    Thank you, I look forward to your response.
    Kellie

    1. Hi Kellie,
      thanks for posting on my blog: I’ll send you all the requirements in a separate email ok? Best wishes for 2016! Hewelin MMIT

  31. Hi we’re planning on marrying in Italy, we’re both British for the uk. Could you please send some more information and prices, thanks

  32. Hi, Thank you for the great summary! My fiancee and I are getting married in Rome, August 2016. I am American, he is an Italian national living in the US. We are getting the run-around from our consulate office which is a 3 hour flight away from where we live so not easy to coordinate. I am trying to figure out if my fiancee (the Italian) has be present for the Atto Notorio or if I am the only one who has to do this? Also, we are considering just doing the civil marriage in the US to simplify things and then just the Catholic religious ceremony in Italy, if we do this, do we need to do any of the other steps? (ie. atto notorio, null osta?). Thank you in advance, we would appreciate any advice you have.

  33. Hello Hewelin , could you please email me the details to deal with all the paperwork, me and my partner coming from Canada on March 2016 to get married in tuscany we would may need help with the legal stuff. I I will tell all the details via my private email.
    Thanks

  34. Hello,
    Me and my fiance are planing to get married in Italy in June. Our only concern is that I am Turkish, and he is English. We are very confused about the process, what do we need in order to get married in Italy?

  35. Hi,
    I have a friend that has Italian Passport, but he is French Nationality and has residency in UAE. He want to get married in Italy with a foreigner (russian). Can he get married their in Italy and what do he need to do. (requirements). Is he considered Italian nationals?

    Thank you for your help,
    Lyn

  36. Hi Hewelin,

    I’m Indian (not living in Italy) and my fiance is Lebanese (living in Italy with a blue card). We would like to have a civil ceremony in Italy. Could you share what documents each of us would require?

    Thanks in advance,
    S

  37. Hi I an south african and my fiancee is French. We would like ti marry in Italy what are the requirements?

  38. Hi,
    I am a Filipina and my fiancé is Italian/Australian. We are planning to get married in Italy (in Puglia region) next year around July. How do we and when should we start processing our marriage? We both reside in the UK, both not in our countries of origin. Which embassy shall we get our Nulla Osta from? Shall I get mine in the Philippine Embassy here in the UK or from the Philippines or the embassy in Rome, Italy? Does my fiance need to procure two as he has dual citizenship? Please enlighten us on this. Thank you.

  39. Hi Hewelin,
    How are you?
    We would appreciate your time & assistance of planning a simple civil or church wedding for a Canadian & Filipino couple for May 2017. Many thanks.

  40. Hello. I am a naturalized U.S. Citizen since I was born in the Philippines. I am planning to marry my Italian fiance, but I do not quite understand if I need to get my Philippine birth certificate legalized. I understand I need my birth certificate translated and authenticated in the Philippines, but my question is where am I supposed to get it legalized? Can this be done at the prefettura in Italy or will the Italian embassy in the Philippines need to legalize this?

    1. Hi Zu! I have the same dilemma now. May I please know what you did? Do we need to legalize it and where? Thanks!

  41. Hi Hewelin,

    What a great blog!
    Please would you clarify, I am a British citizen & my fiancé is Italian but lives in the UK (we have two children together). What will we require to get married in Italy & what are the costs involved?

    Best wishes,
    Beth

  42. Hi!
    We are a couple from Latvia, and would like to get marryed in Italy next summer. Could we please get some more info on the requrements and options, paperwork etc.?
    Bet regards,
    Gvido

  43. I want to marry my friend who was born in Egypt but now is a permanent resident of UAE. I am a US citizen and would like to have a civil ceremony in Italy. What is necessary? How much lead time? We would like to marry in April 2017

    1. Dear Jay,
      thanks for your comment on my blog. I’m going to answer you with more details on a separate private email.
      Talk soon!
      Hewelin xxx

  44. hi just liked to discuss our civil wedding in italy with you when possible please?
    jimmy/jeanette

  45. Hello, I am a US citizen wanting to marry a person of another nationality in Italy and really need the help to do all legal matters. If you could contact me it would be greatly appreciated

    1. Dear Marie,
      thanks for your comment on my blog. I’ll send you a personal email and try to explain you the tricks to get married in Italy!
      All the best xxx
      Hewelin

  46. Hello, thanks for posting all of this. Its super helpful as this whole process can be very overwhelming!

    What happens is the groom is british and the bride is american and they are both living in the UK?

    The bride is a dual citizen of US and ITALY, but born in the US. Would it be easier for her to apply as an italian citizen?

    thanks so much for your help!!!

  47. Hello Hewelin,

    We are a Filipino couple planning to get married in Italy this October. Any tips would be great. Thank you for your good work!

  48. I would like to know what documents should i require if i am to get married in a civil wedding and legalize the marriage to an Italian citizen in Italy and i am an Indian studying here.

  49. Hi there,
    I am Polish and my fiancee is Italian. We are planning to get married in the church in Italy. Could you send me some advise on what documents I will need from my consulate in Italy to be able to marry my fiancee?

    I would appreciate any help,
    Thank you

  50. Hi Hewelin,

    I’m hoping you can help me. I want to get married to my fiancé next year in Italy (July 2018) – I am a dual British/Australian citizen and he is an Australian citizen. We are currently living in Australia, however we are moving to the UK in a few months (June 2017) where he will be on an Ancestry visa.

    What information will we need? Is it easier if we both apply under Australian guidelines or easier for me to apply under British law and he under Australian?

    Your service looks great by the way – so when we have a venue confirmed I’d be keen to talk further.

    Thank you,

    Scarlett

  51. Hello Hewelin and thanks for the post. I’m gonna marry an american citizen and the town hall only asked for Nulla Osta legalized by prefettura. No mention of the Atto Notorio nor Birth Certificates etc.
    She is divorced (more than 300 days) and I don’t know if at the American Embassy in Rome we need to bring the translated and apostilled divorce certificate in order to get the Nulla Osta. The embassy service is closed today and I wonder if you had a quick answer for us.
    Many Thanks,
    S.

    1. Dear Simo,
      thanks for your message on my blog: I’ll drop you a few lines at your private email address so you’ll understand how italian laws work in terms of marriages with foreign citizens.
      Have a nice day,
      Hewelin
      MMIT

      1. Hi Hewelin,

        thanks for the message. I was trying to respond to your email, but it disappeared from my email! Anyway I called the embassy again and they’ve told me that it only depends on what the town hall wants. So I guess I’m fine with that!

        Thanks very much for your time!

        S.

  52. Please my girlfriend is Italian while I’m Nigerian.
    I live in Germany and she stays with me too but we want to do our marriage in Italy.
    What do I need as a Nigerian
    Thanks

  53. Hi, great blog!!

    We are planning on getting married in Volterra next May (2018) with the reception near by, but so far all the paperwork for the civil ceremony is very overwhelming. I would be worried to tackle it all myself for fear of leaving something vital out. (We are a british couple)

    Do you know of any companies that would complete/assist with this side of our wedding plans and interpret for our ceremony? So far we have only found wedding planners, that include this in with the other aspects of the wedding day, which we intend on arranging ourselves.

  54. Hello,

    I am hoping you could help please. I am a dual British/Syrian citizen and I live in UK.  
    My boyfriend is a Syrian Citizen and resident in Saudi Arabia. 
    We are planning a trip to Italy/Portugal on the last week of August to mid of September and we would like to know if there is enough time to plan our civil wedding in Italy please? What will we require to get legally married in Italy & what are the costs involved? Including your services.

    Many thanks,
    Hadil

  55. Hi Hewelin,

    I was going over the information on the page, I can say it is indeed very insightful,

    My fiancée and I are planning to have our civil marriage in Italy. We are aware that we should prepare some documents ahead of time. having said that, it would be great if you can advise me on the documents and process specially that I am Lebanese and he is Turkish.

    Thank you,

    Regards,

  56. Hi I’m from Canada and want to get married it Italy but the 300 days waiting time is the only thing I can’t get past… why is it we have to wait? Is there any way else

    1. Dear Gwendy, thanks for your comment on my blog. The law of 300 days is correct but only applies to divorced women. I’ll send you more details in a separate email.
      Bye bye,
      Hewe

  57. Hi

    I am a British National, have British passport. Unfortunately I am not British born and cannot obtain birth certificate. I can provide letter from lawyer in UK. Is that sufficient?

  58. Hi madam
    My girlfriend is an Italian citizen but we both live in germany and we want to marry in italy please what documents are needed in getting married in italy.
    Thanks.

    1. Dear Yacubu,
      thanks for your comment on my blog. I’ll send you an email in private to explain more about civil requirements for weddings in Italy.
      All the best,
      Hewelin

  59. Hey there! I would like to congratulate you for your nice work! Just hoping to give me some details and tips about a Greek couple wanting to get married in tuscany! Buon Natale from Greece!

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