British Citizens Getting Married in Italy – Procedure
Getting married in Italy is possible, provided you allow yourself at least 4 months of time to deal with all the legal bureaucracy, more to secure the most renowned venues. British Nationals can get married in Italy and their wedding will be valid in their homeland.
How to get married in Italy for British Citizens?
Step 1 – Certificate of No Impediment. The wedding couple needs to obtain what's called a Certificate of No Impediment, which is issued in the UK. ...
Step 2 – The Statutory Declaration. ...
Step 3 – Legalising your documents for the Italian authorities. ...
Step 4 – Translation of your Certificate of No Impediment (CNI)
What do you need to get married in Italy?
A valid passport or national ID card for both parties.
Original birth certificate for both parties.
Divorce papers or death certificate if you have been previously married and divorced or widowed.
Civil Ceremonies are legally binding and will normally be performed in the local Town Hall by the mayor of the city or an officer appointed to celebrate. The ceremony lasts approximately 20 minutes and is by law conducted in Italian, so, in case one or both of you, and one or both the witnesses are not fluent in Italian, you are legally obliged to have an interpreter present throughout the ceremony, you or your partner speaking Italian cannot act as an interpreter. The interpreter must be a professional signing and making oath to translate accordingly.
Wedding Timing in Italy
Please consider to be in the city where you will get married to swear a declaration in front of the authorities with a simultaneous translator at least 2-3 working days before the wedding, despite some town halls are quite flexible, most of them will not accept this meeting to be held any later than that. So be cautious when planning your trip.
Once the ceremony has been performed, you will be issued with a Marriage Certificate in multi-language. The marriage will not be actually registered in the UK, you will be able to apply for name change once back to the UK showing one of the marriage certificates you will be given in Italy.
There is no legal obligation for a foreign marriage to be recorded in the UK and in fact it is not actually registered. The validity in English law of a marriage contracted in a foreign country is in no way affected by its having been, or not having been, thus recorded.