is always included in surveys of the most romantic places in the
world. Maybe it’s the landscape: misty mountains, sunny vineyards,
and rivers glinting like diamonds under a perfect sky. Maybe it’s
the Old World charm: centuries-old churches that have witnessed
thousands of wedding vows and cobble-stone streets which seem to
wind back to a happier, more innocent era. Or maybe it’s the
famous Italian wine, the long tradition of music and poetry, or
the hundreds of castles that make you feel like you’ve stepped
into a fairytale.
This kind of atmosphere makes Italy an ideal venue
for a wedding. Though you will need to complete some additional
documents, the extra trouble and cost is small compared to the satisfaction
of having The Perfect Wedding. This is your day. Make it special.
As you would for any other wedding around the
world, you will need to present some documents before you can be
legally married in Italy.
You will have to present a passport or a military
ID, and certified true copies of your birth certificate (no photocopies
allowed). If you were previously married, you need to bring a copy
of your divorce papers or (if widowed) your former partner’s
death certificate. All these documents must be translated into Italian.
Aside from getting your documents translated,
you’ll need to get additional documents from either the Italian
embassy in your country (ask for the Atto Notorio), or your country’s
embassy in Italy (ask for the Nulla Osta).
Each country has its own set of additional requirements as well.
For example, there are differences in the number of required witnesses
who can attest to the bride and groom’s present marital status.
Others will require Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage. Those
whose divorce was finalized less than 300 days will also need a
waiver and medical certificate (stating that the woman is not pregnant)
from anyone before the planned marriage. Check your embassy for
There are also additional requirements for Catholic
weddings. You will need to present original baptismal certificates,
original first communion certificates, original confirmation certificates,
a nulla osta from your country’s arch diocese, and proof,
written on a church letterhead, of having completed the pre
cana (or marriage seminars). You will also need to have marriage
banns, or announcements during Sunday mass. While this normally
takes two weeks, non-residents have no waiting period.