Planning Sorrento: How to Get Married in Italy

Have you always dreamed of getting married in Italy but didn't know if you could? We answer all your pressing questions here!

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Italy is undoubtedly home to some of the most beautifully breathtaking beaches in Europe. The food, lifestyle, and wine are also big draws for the rest of Europe and tourists from around the world throughout the year. It’s easy to see why Italy is such a popular wedding destination. If you’ve been thinking about planning a wedding in Italy, we’ve got some important information for you.

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1. Can non-Europeans get officially married in Italy?

Yes, a foreign citizen, even if they aren’t an Italian citizen or have Italian residency, can get legally married in Italy as long as it is recognized by their own country. The marriage can be conducted by a celebrant, the mayor or one of his registrars in the town hall of the city or village that the couple are getting married in or by a Roman Catholic priest.

The applicable law on marriages is one and the same all over Italy. However, local town halls may interpret the law in slightly different ways and waive certain requirements. To see a general list of requirements, click here.

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2. What is an Italian civil ceremony like?

A civil ceremony in Italy is performed by the mayor or a civil registrar. Two witnesses and, if necessary, an interpreter must be present at the ceremony. Witnesses may be of any nationality, but must be over 18 and possess valid photo identification. A witness cannot serve as interpreter.

As multi-lingual celebrant and owner of wedding event agency Planning Sorrento, Iole can help the bride and groom obtain and fill-out all the appropriate paperwork as well as serve as their interpreter.

3. What is an Italian religious ceremony like?

A religious ceremony is considered valid if performed by a Roman Catholic priest. A separate civil ceremony will not be necessary, as the priest will register the marriage with the civil authorities.

4. What is an Italian symbolic ceremony like?

Though not legal, symbolic ceremonies are sometimes the most intimate. Because there is less legal binding, a symbolic ceremony can be much more personalized and you’re free to choose just about anywhere to be the setting of your big day – with so many places to choose from, beaches to private villas, ancient castle and so much more, the hardest part will be choosing one.

As a celebrant and wedding planner, Iole of Planning Sorrento can create the perfect ceremony as well as officiate it. Iole ensures that she gets to know the couple intimately in order to better know their needs and desires, so that she can create the wedding of their dreams

5. Are there English-speaking celebrants?

Yes, in Italy there are English speaking celebrants. Iole, owner of Planning Sorrento, is an english speaker – she can also speak and conduct weddings in Japanese, French and German.

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6. What are the benefits to getting married in Italy?

The most important benefit of getting married in Italy is you’ll have a wealth of incredibly beautiful places with spectaular scenary to choose from. Whether you’re interested in historical locations, fairy-tale-like places, or natural wonders, Planning Sorrento are here to help you make your dreams of a perfect destination wedding come true.

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