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Getting Married in Italy - Legal and Religious requirements

Marriages in Italy for non-residents and foreigners: Getting married in Italy involves providing some paperwork from your home country that certifies your identity and that there are no legal impediments to your marriage. Just Get Married in Italy as your wedding planner, will forward you a personalised paperwork requirements document, based on your status, citizenship & residency confirmed at the time of booking, although we have listed below the general paperwork required and how to obtain it based on different citizenships/nationalities.

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DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED TO GET MARRIED IN ITALY FOR NON RESIDENTS & FOREIGNERS

Basically, any foreign national in order to get married in Italy needs to provide:

  • valid passports
  • a certificate of non impediment (also knows as CNI) or, depending on citizenship an Atto Notorio
  • Nulla Osta
  • divorce papers or widow/widower papers (if applicable)
  • Proof of Regular Entry into Italy for non-europeans citizens

Although every effort is made by the authorities/Embassies to accommodate all the pre-wedding appoitments to suit your travel arrangements, it is recommended to arrive in Italy:

  • CEE European countries: 2 working days prior (mon to fri)*
  • NON-EU countries, rest of the world: 5 working days prior (mon to fri)*

* this information is only indicative. the arrival time may vary based on your citizenship and residency status. Please enquire before arrange your trip

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HOW TO OBTAIN THE CORRECT PAPERWORK TO GET MARRIED IN ITALY

If your country is not listed below, please contact us to enquire about legal marriage requirements in Italy for your country.

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1. Wedding Requirements for Australian citizens

The information below is available for the interest of the enquirer. It can change at any time without notice by the local authorities. The information is based on couples sharing the same nationality and both reside in their country where the citizenship is held. If this is not your case, the marriage in Italy requirements change. Always check with Just Get Married in Italy for any change on marriages in Italy legal requirements or the appropriate paperwork if you do not reside in your country or hold different citizenship between one another.

PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced.   

BEFORE ARRIVING IN ITALY

Before leaving Australia, you need to obtain an Atto Notorio (sworn declaration) from the Italian Embassy or Consulate in Australia in the state where you reside. Make sure you travel with your Australian passport. If you were married before, bring evidence of the termination of the previous marriage. If you are widowed, you must bring the death certificate of your previous spouse. Certificates can be obtained from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

If you did not obtain an Atto Notorio prior to coming to Italy or you currently reside in Italy, the Atto Notorio can be executed in Rome. If this is the case we will book the tribunal for you to complete the atto notorio in Rome. There is a cost to this which may vary and includes fees, taxes, stamps, necessary witnesses and assistant (enquire now on 'how to obtain an atto notorio for AU CITIZENS IN ROME')  

ONCE IN ITALY

  • In addition to the Atto Notorio, an Australian citizen intending to get married in Italy will need to make a Statutory Declaration (Nulla Osta). This Statutory Declaration must be signed whether you are single, divorced or widowed and you will do so in the presence of an Australian Consular officer at the Australian Embassy in Rome or Australian Consulate-General in Milan- A Nulla Osta literally states that "there are no impediments," or that one is free to marry. The Nulla Osta (Statutory Declaration) is valid for six months and, costs the equivalent in Euro of A$50.00 per Australian Citizen.
  • The Nulla Osta must then be legalised by the Uffico Legalizzazioni of the Prefettura. Just Get Married in Italy can assist with legalization, leaving the freedom to leave once the nulla osta is issued.

CIVIL CEREMONY

  • If the wedding hall requires it, we will set an appointment with the Wedding Hall authorities, about two days before the wedding. At this time, you will make a Declaration of Intent to Marry. Sometimes the appointment for the Declaration and Wedding may fall on the same day.
  • If one or more of the parties is Italian or is an Australian with Italian residency, then Banns (pubblicazione di matrimonio) must be posted for at least two weeks before the date of the marriage.

Particular Consulates do not follow the above procedures; you will be advised by Just Get Married in Italy on the exact steps that need to be followed.


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2. Wedding Requirements for British citizens

The information below is available for the interest of the enquirer. It can change at any time without notice by the local authorities. The information is based on couples sharing the same nationality and both reside in their country where the citizenship is held. If this is not your case, the marriage in Italy requirements change. Always check with Just Get Married in Italy for any change on marriage in Italy legal requirements or the appropriate paperwork if you do not reside in your country or hold different citizenship between one another.

Overview

If you are a British national, resident in the UK, please follow these guidelines.

If your personal circumstances are not covered by the scenario detailed below, please contact Just Get Married in Italy using the dedicated email address weddings@justgetmarried.com

When both parties are British nationals and both are resident in the United Kingdom.

You cannot start the documentation process more than 6 months before your wedding date, or 3 months if you are resident in Scotland.

There few steps that each British national, resident in the UK, must follow to get the right paperwork for marrying in Italy.

OBTAIN a Certificate of No Impediment ( CNI )

A Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) is a certificate which confirms there are no objections to your proposed marriage.

If you are getting married in Italy, you may be asked to prove that you are single or that you are allowed to marry. In most cases, you will be able to obtain a CNI for this purpose.

A Nulla Osta is the Italian version of the Certificate of No Impediment.

HOW TO GET A CERTIFICATE OF NON IMPEDIMENT TO GET MARRIED IN ITALY

if you are marrying in Italy and you live in the UK, you can obtain a CNI from your local register office. it can take up to 3 weeks to be ready.There are exceptions to this (principally for marriages in Commonwealth countries, if you are marrying an Irish national or reside outside UK) and further details on these can be provided (enquire now).

‘Legalised' means the certificate needs to be stamped with an official stamp (an apostille) by the UK Legalisation Office.

the CNI needs to be translated into italian and legalised at the italian tribunal. we can do this for you - more details can be found below.

'Just Get Married CNI translation services' are open to all UK citizens wishing to get married in Italy, and it includes:

CNI translation English-Italian

stamp duties require by law

tribunal validation in Italy

agency/tax/travel/delivery fees all included

To promptly book our CNI translation service for your wedding in Italy email cni@justgetmarried.com

Each British national resident in the UK should have:

  • a Certificate of No Impediment – issued in the UK, legalised in the UK and then translated officially in Italy
  • a bilingual Statutory Declaration legalised in the UK (We will send you a template)
  • passport
  • any further documents specifically requested by your Comune (town hall) of marriage.

Once all of these documents have been prepared, they should be sent direct to either your wedding planner or to the town hall where you intend to get married. There is no longer any requirement for wedding documentation for British nationals resident in the UK to be sent to any British Consular Section in Italy for further processing.

It is always advisable for you, or your wedding agent, to check with the town hall where you intend to marry regarding extra documentation, for example photocopies of the passports of your witnesses, or how many days prior to the wedding you need to visit their offices.

Please note, under Italian law, a woman who has been divorced or widowed and wishes to re-marry in Italy cannot do so until 300 days have passed from the date of her divorce/death of husband. It is possible, however, to apply for a dispensation to this through the Civil Law Courts (Tribunale Civile). Further information should be obtained from the town hall (Comune) of the area where the marriage is to take place and you will probably need to appoint a lawyer.

Finally please note that your Certificate of No Impediment will be valid for six months from the date on your English, Welsh or Northern Irish CNI or three months if presenting a Scottish CNI .


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3. Wedding Requirements for Canadian citizens

The information below is avaialable for the interest of the enquirer. It can change at any time without notice by the local authorities. The information is based on couples sharing the same nationality and both reside in their country where the citizenship is held. If this is not your case, the marriage in Italy requirements change. Always check with Just Get Married in Italy for any change on marriage in Italy legal requirements or the appropriate paperwork if you do not reside in your country or hold different citizenship between one another.

PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced.

Canadian citizens are required to present to the Italian authorities a "NULLA OSTA" (certificate of non-impediment to the marriage). The Canadian Consulate does not issue a "Nulla Osta". However, to assist Canadians in meeting the requirements for appropriate documentation, the Canadian Consulate prepares a declaration containing the relevant information. This declaration is accepted by the Italian authorities for the purposes of Article 116.

To obtain this declaration from the Canadian Consulate, a Canadian Citizen must first complete and swear an AFFIDAVIT to the effect that there is no impediment to the proposed marriage. The affidavit can be sworn in front of a notary public in Canada or a consular official at the Consulate. If the affidavit is to be made at the Canadian Consulate the applicant should fill out the appropriate form and bring and present the following documents:

  • Certified copy of Canadian passport;
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship (Canadian birth certificate or Certificate of Citizenship);
  • Document issued by the competent Vital Statistic authorities in Canada confirming that no registration of marriage appears in their records (if obtainable);
  • Complete details of the future spouse (full name, date and place of birth, residence, father's name and mother's maiden name - FORM B AFFIDAVIT);
  • Final divorce decree or death certificate of previous spouse (if divorced or widowed);
  • Parent's consent (if the person is under marriageable age)

It is extremely important that your full name is written in the same way in all the following documents, otherwise the wedding office will not accept the paperwork

This is something that can happen if:

  • You have more surnames and they are not always expressly listed in all documents
  • The future bride has already been married before and is still keeping the name of her ex-husband. In this case please be sure that your passport and Nulla Osta contains your maiden name

Just Get Married in Italy will assist in picking up the final Nulla Osta for you so you do not have to go to the Canadian Consulate here in Italy. We can verify with the Canadian Consulate if the papers are complete and correct to let you obtain the "Canadian declaration  Nulla Osta" if so we ask you to send all the originals to the Canadian Embassy, in Rome or Milan; so they can prepare your documents. The Canadian declaration documents current fees are Euro 33 each.

Just Get Married in Italy will then authenticate your paperwork at the italian office on your behalf. Once the declaration has been obtained and legalized, it is presented to the chosen marriage wedding hall. Banns are waived if neither party is Italian nor residing in Italy.

Some Consulates may follow different procedures; you will be advised by Just Get Married in Italy on the exact procedure to folllow .


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4. Wedding Requirements for Danish citizens

The information below is avaialable for the interest of the enquirer. It can change at any time without notice by the local authorities. The information is based on couples sharing the same nationality and both reside in their country where the citizenship is held. If this is not your case, the marriage in Italy requirements change. Always check with Just Get Married in Italy for any change on marriage in Italy legal requirements or the appropriate paperwork if you do not reside in your country or hold different citizenship between one another.

PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced. 

At your home town hall in Denmark (vital record department) you need to request:

  • International form to get married in a foreign country
  • Passports
  • Have the form issued in both English and Danish languages
  • Specify that you require this to get married in Italy. 
  • Send us a copy of everything via fax or email(scanned).
  • The document �AEGTESKABSATTEST� is used as a �NO IMPEDIMENT to the marriage�, so it needs to say:
    • That you are free to marry.
    • Include your full personal data such as (full names, birth dates and location of birth etc�) for yourself and your future spouse. 

Just Get Married in Italy can expedite all documentation via post so that you do not have to do anything in person. 

For the Nulla Osta there is a cost of about Euro 30 per person.

Some Consulates may follow different procedures; you will be advised by Just Get Married in Italy on the exact procedure to folllow .


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5. Wedding Requirements for Dutch citizens

The information below is avaialable for the interest of the enquirer. It can change at any time without notice by the local authorities. The information is based on couples sharing the same nationality and both reside in their country where the citizenship is held. If this is not your case, the marriage in Italy requirements change. Always check with Just Get Married in Italy for any change on marriage in Italy legal requirements or the appropriate paperwork if you do not reside in your country or hold different citizenship between one another.

PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced. 

If you wish to get married in Italy by civil ceremony, you need a Nulla Osta (a document issued by the Dutch authorities that testifies that there is no impediment for the wedding). The Nulla Osta can be issued by the General Consulate of Holland in Milan or by the foreign affairs office in Denhaag (AIA).

The following documents must be presented by the Dutch citizen to obtain the Nulla Osta:

  • birth certificate (international form/ Multi-language)
  • Certificate of free marital status issued by the town hall where you are registered.
  • Divorce decree ( in case of previous marriage)

The following documents must be presented by the foreign citizen to obtain the Nulla Osta (in case that the spouse is not Dutch):

  • Birth certificate,
  • Cumulative certificate: with residence, free marital status, citizenship.

ALL the documents mentioned here above can be substituted (except the birth certificates) by a bilateral declaration of free possibility of marriage that can be issued by your town hall of residence in Holland.

In order to get the Nulla Osta in HOLLAND you can send the letter of request for the Nulla Osta to the FOREIGN OFFICE DPC/CJ department- Legalization, CP 20061 EB's Gravenhage. (Tel. 0031+70.3486486) The cost to have the document is about €45.00, ask directly to this office how to send the payment. In about 6-8 weeks the document is issued.

OR having this issued here in Italy by the General Consulate in Milan; Send the letter of request for the Nulla Osta to the Dutch Consulate in Milan, with all the documents required. Address : CONSOLATO GENERALE dei PAESI BASSI, Via S. Vittore 45, 20123 Milano. (tel +39.02.48558421-fax +39.02.48558452).

Some Consulates may follow different procedures; you will be advised by Just Get Married in Italy on the exact procedure to folllow .


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6. Wedding Requirements for Irish citizens

The information below is avaialable for the interest of the enquirer. It can change at any time without notice by the local authorities. The information is based on couples sharing the same nationality and both reside in their country where the citizenship is held. If this is not your case, the marriage in Italy requirements change. Always check with Just Get Married in Italy for any change on marriage in Italy legal requirements or the appropriate paperwork if you do not reside in your country or hold different citizenship between one another.

PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced. 

FOR A CIVIL CEREMONY

The following documents are required to proceed with a wedding in Italy. You need to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Together with filling out some forms available at the Department of Foreign Affairs office in Dublin, the list of documents to provide are :

  • Original full length birth certificates
  • Original no impediment certificate issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Photocopy of current passport
  • Letter that authorizes Just Get Married in Italy to take care of the legal process in Italy and pick up the nulla osta on your behalf

The no impediment certificate is obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs. We recommend applying for this a couple of months before you intend to marry as it takes about 6 week to process. This certificate states that you are free to marry.

FOR A CATHOLIC CEREMONY

You will need to see your local parish priest to gain his and the bishop's permission to marry abroad. You will then be given a religious no impediment certificate. In addition, you will be required to attend a premarital course at your church, however your priest will inform you of exactly how to proceed. List of documents required:

    • Certificate of Baptism
    • Certificate of Confirmation
    • Religious no impediment certificate
    • Proof of premarital course attendance

The above documents, together with all those required for a civil ceremony, need to be sent to our office no later than 7 weeks prior the wedding date; this will be processed at the Irish Consulate and with the Bishop by Just Get Married in Italy onsite wedding planner.


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7. Wedding Requirements for New Zealand citizens

The information below is avaialable for the interest of the enquirer. It can change at any time without notice by the local authorities. The information is based on couples sharing the same nationality and both reside in their country where the citizenship is held. If this is not your case, the marriage in Italy requirements change. Always check with Just Get Married in Italy for any change on marriage in Italy legal requirements or the appropriate paperwork if you do not reside in your country or hold different citizenship between one another.

PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced. 

Marriages conducted in Italy are recognised in New Zealand provided they are in accordance with Italy's laws.  A marriage in Italy is not, however, automatically registered in New Zealand. It is not possible for a couple to remarry each other in New Zealand if they have already been married overseas. If either party is divorced, they will need to present to the Italian authorities an original or certified copy of the decree nisi or order of dissolution of marriage, together with an official translation into Italian issued by the Italian Embassy in Wellington.  This applies to orders of dissolution of marriage or decree nisi issued in New Zealand.  If the document was issued by the Family Court of Australia, the translation should be done at the Italian Embassy in Canberra.

Documentation required by the New Zealand Embassy in Rome:

  • The Italian authorities require proof that foreigners intending to marry in Italy are not already married.  This proof can be obtained by applying for a Certificate of No Impediment from the Registrar-General's Office, P.O. Box 31-115, Lower Hutt, New Zealand (Tel: +64 4 569 4489 or Fax: +64 4 566 5311).  This usually takes two weeks for the application to be processed.  The processing fee is NZ$40.00 + GST.  If you live in Italy, the Embassy can forward the completed application form to the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages for you.  The fee can be paid in Euro and is currently €20.00.
  • Once the Embassy receives the original copy of the Certificate of No Impediment it can issue a document required by the Italian authorities called a Nulla Osta.  This contains information from the Certificate of No Impediment and from the attached form that you both need to complete, sign and return to the Embassy.
  • Please ensure you complete the section requesting an address in Italy, even if it is a temporary address, such as a hotel.  When you return the completed form, you should attach a certified copy of the biopages of your and your partner's passports.
  • The completed form and certified passport pages should not be sent by facsimile.  The Embassy requires original copies.
  • When the Nulla Osta has been prepared, the consulate will advise us so that they may collect it.  If you and your partner are New Zealanders, a Consular Certificate will also be supplied by the Embassy. The Embassy currently charges €23.00 processing fee for the Nulla Osta and €20.00 for courier fee within Italy. The fees should be sent (together with documentation) to the Embassy by bank draft (in Euro), made out to the New Zealand Embassy.

Once you have the documents provided by the Embassy, Just Get Married in Italy will take them to be legalised at the Prefettura (section of the Italian Department of Internal Affairs) in Rome or in the town/city nearest to or where you plan to get married in Italy.

Some Consulates may follow different procedures; you will be advised by Just Get Married in Italy on the exact procedure to folllow .


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8. Wedding Requirements for Norwegian citizens

The information below is avaialable for the interest of the enquirer. It can change at any time without notice by the local authorities. The information is based on couples sharing the same nationality and both reside in their country where the citizenship is held. If this is not your case, the marriage in Italy requirements change. Always check with Just Get Married in Italy for any change on marriage in Italy legal requirements or the appropriate paperwork if you do not reside in your country or hold different citizenship between one another.

PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced. 

Norwegian citizens wanting to marry in Italy must present their Nulla Osta "Attest til bruk for ekteskapsinngåelse etter utenlandsk rett", which is released by the Vital Statistics Office (Folkeregisteret) of the last city of residence in Norway. From the 1st of January 2005 the Nulla Osta is no longer released by the Consulates. The Nulla Osta upon request will be written up in Italian and must have the:

  • First and Last name
  • Citizenship
  • Civil status (single, divorced or widowed) of the person
  • All clear/permission to marry in Italy

A few wedding halls will require that the birth certificate showing the names of the parents accompany the Nulla Osta. This can be obtained by your Vital Statistics Office. Divorced women must attach the divorce decree showing the date of sentence for divorce. Remember 300 days must pass between the divorce sentence and new wedding date. All documents submitted including certificates must be translated by an authorized translator in Norway. An Apostille from the Fylkesmannen according to the Hague Convention must be applied on all certificates. For a church wedding the priest usually requires the exact same documents PLUS can request your baptism certificate which must once again be translated by an authorized firm in Norway and the Apostille Seal applied. Additional Catholic paperwork may apply � check with Just Get Married in Italy coordinator for specific details.

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9. Wedding Requirements for Russian citizens

The information below is avaialable for the interest of the enquirer. It can change at any time without notice by the local authorities. The information is based on couples sharing the same nationality and both reside in their country where the citizenship is held. If this is not your case, the marriage in Italy requirements change. Always check with Just Get Married in Italy for any change on marriage in Italy legal requirements or the appropriate paperwork if you do not reside in your country or hold different citizenship between one another.

PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced. 

In order to get married in Italy a Russian citizen needs a Nulla Osta which may be obtained by showing the following documents to the Russian Embassy in Italy:

  • 2 original Russian passports, one for Russia and one for foreign countries;
  • Original Birth Certificate;
  • If previously divorced/widowed, you need to show your divorce decree or death certificate
  • If documents bear different names, you have to show the document where we can see that you changed it officially.
  • Residence permit. 

The cost of the certificate is Euro 95 per person. The couple must apply for the Nulla Osta in PERSON, no one else will be allowed in the Embassy or Consulate to assist them.

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10. Wedding Requirements for US citizens

The information below is avaialable for the interest of the enquirer. It can change at any time without notice by the local authorities. The information is based on couples sharing the same nationality and both reside in their country where the citizenship is held. If this is not your case, the marriage in Italy requirements change. Always check with Just Get Married in Italy for any change on marriage in Italy legal requirements or the appropriate paperwork if you do not reside in your country or hold different citizenship between one another.

PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced.

There are only 3 items that are necessary to marry in Italy .

  • ATTO NOTORIO

It consists of a meeting in front of the Italian Consulate with witnesses in which a declaration relative to the civil status (single, divorced etc�) of the couple is made. An official document is then drawn up to present to us for filing purposes here in Italy. Please be sure that at the top of the page of the Atto Notorio the details "Repubblica Italiana" and "Consolato Generale D'Italia" are specifically written, otherwise the Atto Notorio is not valid.

This is in effect an AFFIDAVIT done before the ITALIAN CONSULATE (or in Italy). To obtain it, you must first have the following documents: US passport, Birth certificate, If previously divorced/widowed, your divorce decree or death certificate.

You need to set up an appointment yourselves with the nearest Italian Consulate to where you live and ask how many witnesses are required - it varies from location to location.  Eventually if you choose to, the Atto Notorio can be done in Italy for a fee. Translations required.

Your Birth and or divorce/death certificates must be translated into Italian and Apostilled through the Secretary of State's Notary Public of the state the document originated in. The translations are authenticated by the Italian Consulate. Our company can provide translation services.

The ATTO NOTORIO in some cases MAY BE DONE IN ITALY, if time does not permit you to do it in the US or if you live in a state where there is no Italian Consulate. If you decide to do it in Italy, the cost is €450.00 including witnesses, interpreter, legal costs, duties and taxes. It takes one morning to complete.

  • APOSTILLE - (Done via mail)

This peculiar word means that the original documents (birth and, if applicable, divorce certificate) which need to be presented to the Italian Consulate have been:

  • Sent to the Secretary of State's Notary Public of the state from which the document originally is from for authentication (or Apostille seal).
  • The APOSTILLE is simply the seal of the Notary Public of the State in accordance with the Hague Convention, which means that the documents can be used officially even in a foreign country. It is NOT a regular Notary Public stamp!!

When the Atto Notorio is done as well as the Apostille, you must:

  • Fax us a copy in Italy so we can verify that everything is complete, at least 4 weeks prior the wedding.
  • After we give you the OK, bring the originals of your documents with you when you come to Italy. HAND CARRY YOUR DOCUMENTS, do not check them with your luggage.
  • KEEP A COPY OF YOUR DIVORCE DECREE, IF APPICABLE, TO TAKE TO THE U.S. CONSULATE IN ITALY when you arrive.

All birth and/or divorce certificates must be translated into Italian. You must have the translations authenticated by the Italian Consulate in the U.S. when you go for your Atto Notorio. We offer translation services for an additional cost.

  • NULLA OSTA and PREFECT'S OFFICE in ITALY

Just Get Married in Italy will assist you with this, it takes at most a few hours . The Nulla Osta is the final declaration to be made IN ITALY before the U.S. CONSULATE or EMBASSY stating that you are free to marry. Cost is approximately €50 per person give or take €5/€10. You must pay in CASH.

Please note that an appointment for the NULLA osta can only be made once the US official calendar is available online for your wedding month. At the time of your booking, your coordinator will let you know the closest possible date an appointment can be made for the nulla osta, based on your travel arrangements, bearing in mind that an official appointment can only be confirmed by your Embassy offices at the time their bookings are open (8 to 4 weeks prior). Therefore, it is advisable to travel to Italy 1 week prior to the wedding (or 5 working days prior - mon to fri). If you choose to arrive later, it is advisable to book an open ticket to Italy, allowing you to change the departure date/s, if necessary. The US EMBASSY follows both the "Italian & the USA holiday calendar" closing days (please take any bank holiday in your country into consideration, letting your coordinator aware, prior arranging any pre-wedding appointment at your embassy).

Then this NULLA OSTA must be authenticated in the nearest Prefect's office ( Just Get Married in Italy can offer this service and legalize it on your behalf, without you coming to the office).

Please note that it is extremely important that your full name is written in the same way in all the following documents, otherwise the wedding office will not accept the paperwork: Passports, Atto Notorio and Nulla Osta.

Here is a step-by-step procedures :

  • Send us LEGIBLE copies of your passports, in addition to the following information for you, your future husband, your best man, and your maid of honour: full name, date and place of birth, current address (legal residence), and profession.
  • Order your birth certificates (and divorce decrees, if applicable) and request the Apostille from the state you were born in. The apostilles can not be requested earlier than 6 months before the wedding.
  • Once you have requested your birth certificates (and divorce decrees) make an appointment with the Italian Consulate for your Atto Notorio. This document can not be issued more than 3 months before the wedding otherwise it will expire.
  • You must bring witnesses with you to the appointment. Some Consulates require only 2 witnesses per couple (not relatives) to witness the Atto Notorio, while others can require up to 4 per people each to appear (a total of 8), so find out how many people must come with you. The witnesses that accompany you to the Italian Consulate don't necessarily have to be your best man and maid of honour; other people who know you can act as your witnesses at the Italian Consulate.
  • Get the birth certificates (and divorce decrees) translated before you go to the Italian Consulate.
  • Go with the correct number of witnesses to the Italian Consulate in the US for your Atto Notorio. Bring the originals (with the Apostille) and the translations of your birth certificates (and divorce decrees) to this appointment. Make sure that the Consulate stamps the translations of your documents if the Consulate did not do the translations themselves.
  • Right after your appointment at the Italian Consulate; fax us copies of all of your documents. We will check everything and continue the paperwork on this end. Keep the originals in your hand luggage when you come to Italy.

ONCE IN ITALY

  • Several days before your wedding, you need to visit the US Consulate to get the Nulla Osta (sometimes referred to as the sworn statement). Bring all of the originals of your documents and your passports with you. After the US Consulate visit, if requested, Just Get Married in Italy courier will authenticate your documents without the need for you to come. Finally,your Just Get Married in Italy wedding planner will take everything to the town hall where you will be married, so that they can finish the paperwork.

Some Consulates may follow different procedures; you will be advised by Just Get Married in Italy on the exact procedure to folllow .


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11.Wedding Requirements for Catholic Weddings in Italy (all nationalities)

You will need to see your local parish priest to gain his and the bishop's permission to marry abroad. You will then be given a religious no impediment certificate. In addition, you will be probably required to attend a premarital course at your church, however your priest will inform you of exactly how to proceed. List of documents:

    • Certificate of Baptism
    • Certificate of Confirmation
    • Religious no impediment certificate

These documents, together with all those required for the civil ceremony, need to be sent to our office no later than 7 weeks prior the wedding date; this will be processed at your Consulate and with the Bishop by our wedding planner.

Particular Consulates do not follow the above procedures; you will be advised by your Wedding Planner on the exact steps that need to be followed.

PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced.  

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12. Symbolic,Renewal of Vows, Blessings & Commitments Wedding Ceremonies in Italy (all nationalities)

Some couples for practical or personal reasons, may want a wedding in Italy, without a legal recognition. These type of ceremonies are called Symbolic, (AKA Commitment or Blessing Weddings). The great thing about non-legal binding ceremonies is that couples can literally get married in any Italian location they like and without the need to provide any documentation, saving you a lot of time and money! Just Get Married in Italy offers highly qualified English-speaking celebrants, a rich selection of ceremony choices & an endless choice of Art cities, outdoor weddings, beach weddings, italian ceremonies in villas for your Symbolic Wedding in Italy! You can also suggest your own Italian wedding location, and our celebrants will be there to conduct your wedding ceremony!

Renewal of Vows in Italy are also very popular with already married couples, to celebrate their wedding anniversary in Italy or just to renew their love to one another in some of the most beatiful wedding locations in Italy.

A Symbolic, Blessing, Commitment or Renewal of Vows Ceremony in Italy will have the same feel and characteristics of a legal or religious wedding. Unless told, none of your guests will even notice the difference!

 

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