Having a legal wedding in Italy is possible even for non-residents. It does, of course, require a bit of paperwork and translations, but is definitely possible. There are no residency requirements.
Both civil and religious marriages are recognized as legal in Italy.
People travelling to Italy specifically for the wedding should speak to their local Italian consulate, which will be able to help with the necessary paperwork.
Before starting the paperwork, it is important to have decided the location in Italy and if the ceremony will be civil or religious. The paperwork procedure may change a little from town to town.
The Italian authorities require a Nulla Osta. To be able to get this you have to go to your local registry office in England and publish the banns. Then the registry office will release a Certificate of Non Impediment.
This will be sent to the appropriate embassy or consulate, together with the following papers and the Nulla Osta fee.
Paper work required:
Certificate of Non Impediment issued by UK registrar.
Long Birth Certificate issued by civil authorities, which must include names of both parents, less than 6 months old.
Photocopy of passports (and bring passports with you).
Deed Poll (in case of change of name).
All paperwork must be translated into Italian by a certified translator.
For non-Italians wishing a civil marriage in Italy, it is highly recommended that they appear before the town registrar at least four days prior to the intended date of the ceremony, in order to insure enough time for all documents to be authenticated and the necessary paperwork to be completed.
This all might seem complicated, but believe us it is not too bad! And of course Haute Weddings is here to guide you through the procedure!