Wedding ceremonies in Italy

You can have many types of wedding ceremonies in Italy!
But each of them has many aspects to take into consideration. 

Wedding ceremonies in Italy: Symbolic

Having a symbolic ceremony is the easiest way to get married in Italy. However, we’re not saying they are “easy ceremonies”. In fact, symbolic ceremonies are, in our opinion, the most emotional ones. During symbolic ceremonies, your celebrant will create a touching atmosphere for you. His/Her words will be carefully studied to let you live this moment in full and understand the very importance of it. You will rediscover your story and your celebrant will help you express your feelings. And the guests will be a part of it with readings, rituals and their involvement at the end of the ceremony.


During symbolic ceremonies you have the possibility to take a pause from your busy daily schedules and think about how lucky you are in your life, to have met your better half and have those special people around you to celebrate with you and support your decision to become husband and wife. Emotions are what create memories and although symbolic ceremonies are NOT LEGALLY BINDING, they’re definitely “pure emotion”, created and personalized around who you are and who you love.


In fact, differently from civil and religious ceremonies, symbolic ceremonies are fully personalized. And can take place anywhere! 🙂

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Wedding ceremonies in Italy: civil
(legally binding)

Getting married with a legal binding ceremony in Italy is of course possible. Please note the following requirements about civil weddings in Italy:

  • Civil weddings can take place just in dedicated rooms of a town hall and require specific documents to be collected
  • Most of the Italian municipalities celebrate civil weddings JUST in their own town hall rooms
  • A few municipalities have selected villas where it’s possible to hold civil weddings. They may select a specific room at a venue or give couples the possibility to celebrate their civil weddings in an area of that venue
  • Only Pastors recognized by the Italian state can celebrate civil weddings at a venue NOT CERTIFIED by a municipality
  • Once you pick the town hall, you need to collect some documents in your home-country and be in Italy in advance to complete the procedures with the Italian municipality. Dependently on your nationality and country of residence, the number of days you need to spend in Italy before the wedding day may change.

Wedding ceremonies in Italy: Religious (legally binding..or NOT)

If you’d like instead to have a religious wedding in a Catholic church, always remember that in Italy..

  • Catholic weddings require their own documentation to be collected
  • While getting married in a Catholic church you can ALSO get CIVILLY married
  • IMPORTANT! If you do the CIVIL+CATHOLIC ceremony in Italy, you’ll jest need 1 ceremony in the church (but a some compuslory meetings may be needed the days before with the Italian authorities)
  • If you want the religious ceremony in Italy NOT TO BE CIVIL; you MUST get civilly married at home (this would be great as it makes the documentation collection process much easier)
  • BUT REMEMBER! If you’re NOT civilly married already, you canNOT do the Catholic ceremony in Italy WITHOUT the civil bond

If you have a different belief, it’s possible to find the right Priest for you. Just remember that all other religions have their own regulation in Italy and their ceremonies are normally NOT legally binding. Ask for more info about Hindu, Jewish, Orthodox ceremonies.