Waking up on your wedding day to a dreary, grey sky has got to be up there with one of the most annoying feelings — of course, your day will be memorable all the same, but why couldn’t the weather be on your side for once?! Many couples dread this, and so they’re uphauling their plans for the big day — not forgetting their wedding rings of course and taking them to foreign shores. You might have a dream setting in mind, but it is probably a good idea to check out whether there are any local regulations to follow in your wedding destination of choice. Here’s a few which apply to some of the most popular locations to tie the knot. How to get Married in France Although France is undoubtedly picturesque with its rolling countryside and romantic atmosphere, getting married here requires you to follow a few vital steps. In France, you can only legally marry in a civil ceremony at the local council office, the Mairie. A religious ceremony can follow this afterwards but getting married in France can be difficult if you don’t have clear connection to the country. Common requirements are that you or your partner have a link to the area by either living there or having a parent who lives there (since 2013). Before you tie the knot, you’ll also have to stay in the country for at least 30 days. You can’t avoid paperwork with weddings abroad, and in France you’ll need an Affidavit of Law, stating that you are able to marry and that the union will be recognised at home. After the application passes, you’ll need to marry no less than 10 days and no more than 1 year after the application has qualified. Remember to apply to the Mairie again to receive your official wedding certificate! In some French churches, English speaking priests are available to perform the ceremony, so that you can keep up with what’s being said. In terms of French custom, the tables turn in France and the groom walks his mother down the aisle before greeting his wife-to-be! How to get Married in Spain Palma, Malaga and the Cadiz countryside have all been home to hundreds of beautiful ceremonies. If you are having a civil ceremony in Spain then there is an application process to account for and some Spanish registrar offices will require that you are in the country for as much as a month prior to your wedding day! A traditional Spanish bridal dress includes a lace headdress called a Mantilla, which the mother of the bride will have embroidered for or bequeathed to her daughter. Make sure you have enough room in your luggage for wedding favours, as it is customary for the new couple to greet guests after the ceremony with a little something to say thanks. Also, make sure you have plenty of change handy — if you want to follow Spanish custom, then the husband will need to present his new wife with 13 gold coins, representing Jesus and his 12 apostles, but this also acts as a symbol of the promise of the groom to provide for the family. How to get Married in Italy Venice, Umbria and The Amalfi Coast are all great choices for couples looking for that Italian charm. You can hold a legally recognised civil ceremony or a religious ceremony in Italy, and symbolic/humanist weddings are also allowed in the country. There are no residency requirements in Italy, but the required documentation is mandatory. An Affidavit is a standard requirement, stating that there is no legal impediment of your marriage in your home country. If your partner happens to be an Italian citizen, then you also won’t need to apply for a visa in order to get hitched. An Atto Notorio is required in Italy though, and this will need to be signed by two witnesses. You will need to submit a declaration of intent at least three weeks before you intend to marry at the town hall. After you have done so, you can officially set the date! In terms of traditions to follow, take heed of the Italian’s belief that Sunday is a day of good fortune, perfect for weddings! Vase breaking is also a part of custom in Italy, as the number of pieces it breaks into are regarded as symbols of many happy years of marriage.
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