Forget about the cake, flowers, and wedding dress. The most important thing you have to worry about if you want to get married abroad is meeting the legal requirements of your chosen destination.
Sorting out the paperwork can sometimes be complicated, but, unfortunately it’s strictly necessary. If you fear some legal requirements might go under the radar, Sainsbury’s Bank has created a helpful checklist. It’s full of useful information to help engaged couples ensure unknown rules won’t jeopardise their Big Day:
- Get copies of required documents such as birth certificates or divorce certificates (where applicable).
- Find out if you need a statutory declaration before a notary or a solicitor in the UK – to confirm that you can marry outwith Great Britain. Keep in mind that many countries, including Italy, require a non-impediment certificate to prove that you are allowed to get married.
- Make sure that you research the ‘minimum residency period’ for the country where you’re tying the knot.
- If you’re not getting married in an English speaking country, remember to translate all required documents. Dot Comma Translations can help translate your birth certificates and other wedding paperwork.
You can find the full checklist and other informative tips on getting married abroad here: https://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/library/default/resources/married-abroad.pdf