Civil ceremonies by Italian law can only take place in a Town Hall or a property owned by the local government. The civil vows ceremony duration is about 15/20 minutes and is conducted in Italian but you can enrich your wedding however you prefer by a personal reading or poem etc. After the exchange of civil vows, the rings are given and then the witnesses sign the wedding act as do the Bride and Groom.
Please note that according to Italian law a divorced woman or a widow cannot remarry unless 300 days have passed from the date of the Decree Absolute or decease of the previous spouse.
The minimum stay required is 4 days before the marriage can take place.
Town Hall ceremonies are conducted Mondays to Fridays between the hours of 9.00 am and 12.00 pm and must be booked in advance.
The following documents are required by the local Registrar:
- No impediment certificate (Nulla Osta) issued by the relevant authorities.
- Full birth certificate
- Photocopies of valid passport
- 2 witnesses
- Interpreter (if neither party speaks Italian)
- Registry fee (this varies from one Town Hall to the other and will be communicated