Get Legally Married In Italy

Getting married in Italy is a dream for many couples and has been reality for many of them already. Hence, the answer is easy. If you’re asking yourself if you can get legally married in Italy and that of course the same wedding is valid in your home country or in the country where you reside, the answer is YES! This is not an easy process though, and it may be tricky as well. Bit i’m here to help you of course! 🙂

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Here a simplified guide of the steps to be taken to get legally married in Italy.

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In Italy, there are some town halls that have granted the possibility to have civil weddings on the grounds of some villas in their territory. Hence, you should get in touch with the villas directly and ask if any of them have received this particular permission from their town hall. This is something rare so if you need a quicker advice on which villas you can get civilly married at, ask me here


Another option could be to have a civil ceremony with a Pastor/Minister. I’m referring in particular to evangelic or protestant Pastors among others. The ceremony is religious but the religious part consists of mainly a blessing and it has also civil effects. This means that, if you would appreciate a blessing too, then, you should opt for a pastor. And he can perform his ceremonies (religious with civil effects) at ANY villa without any town hall permission. I advise you though, to choose this option just if you are religious and respect the religion of the Pastor.


Finally, wherever you decide to get married, all the steps to get the right documents to get civilly married in Italy must be followed in any case.



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Italy is the closest country to the Vatican so of course, you can have a religious wedding in Italy! What you need is a consecrated church. This means that some villas have their own churches but not all of them are consecrated. Churches in the centre of towns are normally all consecrated and this could be a very nice option to have the ceremony first and then, have a walk with all guests into the town centre.


Said that, in order to get religiously married in a church in Italy, you should contact the Italian priest of your chosen church first and ask for their availability for a date and time of your preference. If you need my help, write me here.


Then, you have to get in touch with your own parish and priest to start the procedure to get the right documents. Some countries ask you also to attend a pre-cana (pre-wedding) course so please, make sure you respect all the formalities. Please note that if you also want to get CIVILLY married at the same time of the religious ceremony, you need to follow all the steps to get the right civil docs (see the first paragraph of this page).


TIP!!!! If you want to get religiously married in Italy but want to avoid all the formalities needed to have 2 types of weddings at once (religious + civil), I suggest you get civilly married where you live and enjoy in Italy JUST the religious wedding.

This way you will need to get less documents at home, once in Italy there won’t be any compulsory meeting to attend at the town hall and you’ll be able to enjoy in full your romantic wedding day here. 🙂

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Hi, I’m Gemma Elopement Planner & Celebrant in Italy