Make it your priority to fully understand the legal requirements for getting married in Austria.
The following information is intended to be a starting point and guideline only.
Although much care and effort has been taken to ensure the information provided is correct please do not take it as legal advice. I strongly advise you to consult the Austrian Embassy for first hand information.
You can legally get married in Austria but your marriage will only be valid if it is performed at a Standesamt, which is the registry of births, deaths and marriages and it must be preformed by an official of the registry in the presence of two witnesses.
There are no minimum residency requirements to get married in Austria.
However, once you have filed for your marriage application there is usually a waiting period of between two and six weeks until you will be given a confirmed date of marriage.
You can file your marriage application up to a maximum of six months prior to your wedding date.
If either of you is an Austrian citizen or resides in Austria (regardless of citizenship), your marriage application must be filed at the Standesamt which pertains to your residence.
If neither of you are Austrian or do not reside in Austria, your marriage application must be filed at the main registrar's office in Vienna.
Standesamt Wien-Innere Stadt
Tel: +43-1-40134 08591
Fax: +43-1-40134 99 08580
When filing for your marriage licence you must be both present in person.
If neither of you reside in Austria, in some circumstances the Registrar will waiver this requirement, however it would be advisable that this has been agreed to before you continue on with your plans for arranging your wedding in Austria.
If permission has been granted for you not to be in attendance, I would advise employing the services of a wedding planner or a legal professional to file your marriage application on your behalf.
When filing for your marriage application the registrar will require the following:
This is based on your declarations and the certificates and proof presented.
Please note: When filing the application, you must inform the registrar of the surnames you will using after marriage.
All documentation must be original or certified copies, and your Certificate of No Impediment must not be older than 6 months.
UK Citizens - Certificate of No Impediment
Irish Citizens - Certificate of Freedom to marry
You will be issued with an international wedding certificate that will be valid in your home country however, if you wish more than one copy you will need to request this in advance.
If you are a UK resident upon your return home your marriage can be lodged with the Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths and you can order extra copies in the normal way.
In Austria only a civil ceremony is legally binding. If you wish to have a religious ceremony you must first have a civil ceremony.
The civil ceremony can take place in Austria or in your country of residence.
For further information on the legal requirements for getting married in Austria please contact the Austrian Embassy in your country of residence.
Austrian Embassy London
18 Belgrave Mews West
London SW1X 8HU
Tel: (+44/20) 7344 3250
Fax: (+44/20) 7344 0292
15 Ailesbury Court
93 Ailesbury Road
Tel: 01 269 4577 / 269 1451
Fax: 01 283 0860 E.Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Austrian Embassy Canberra
12 Talbot Street
Forrest ACT 2603
Tel: (+61/2) 6295 1533
Fax: (+61/2) 6239 6751
3524 International Court
NW, Washington DC 20008-3035
Tel: (202) 895-6700
Fax: (202) 895-6750
Austrian Embassy Ottawa
445 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 6M7
Tel: +1 613 789 1444
Fax: +1 613 789 3431