Destination Weddings

HOW TO GET MARRIED IN...Italy

Travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith tell you how to celebrate your amore in the land of romance

Need to know
There’s no residency requirement to get married in Italy, but it’s always best to leave a little extra time for possible problems with paperwork. You’ll need an Atto Notorio (a document signed by two to four witnesses that states you’re legally able to marry). Your birth certificates will need to have an apostille (authentication seal) attached, be translated into Italian and authenticated at the consulate.

Wow, that’s simple. Anything else?
Once in Italy, you’ll need to obtain a Nulla Osta (the Italian version of a Certificate of No Impediment), and Italian officials prefer it if you arrive at least three working days before your wedding in order to arrange this. If you’re divorced, you should check in case there’s a waiting period before you’re able to remarry in Italy (this can be 300 days). It’s quite difficult to organize Catholic weddings for non-Italians; you’re better off going for a civil ceremony (you can always have a church wedding afterward). By law, an Italian translator must be present during the service—even if the Mr and Mrs Smith-to-be parli Italiano.

Useful contacts
Italian tourist board www.italiantourism.com

U.S. embassy in Rome (+39-064-6741) www.usembassy.it

British consulate in Naples (+39-81-423-8911) http://ukinitaly.fco.gov.uk

Where to stay in Italy
Mr and Mrs Smith’s favorite place to stay in is the 13th-century Tuscan villa Borgo Santo Pietro, set on enchanting grounds overlooking the tranquil Valle Serena.

Click here for more recommended wedding hotels in Italy.

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