Wedding abroad legal requirements - make sure you're fully informed.
You love the idea of having your wedding abroad however; there may be one very important question on your mind...
If we get married abroad will our marriage be legally recognised?
For most countries the answer to this question will be "Yes".
Yes, your marriage will be legally recognised but wedding abroad legal and residency requirements do vary from country to country.
In most countries the legal requirements are relatively straightforward and are not as difficult as you may first think.
After gathering information about the legal requirements for getting married abroad through sources such as this website, I would strongly advise you to contact the foreign embassy or consulate of the country you are considering getting married in to obtain first hand information about their legal requirements.
You need to be sure that your marriage will be both legally recognised in your country of residence and in the country in which you choose to get married. You definitely don't want to find out after your wedding has taken place that your marriage is not legally valid. It definitely pays to do your research and find out as much first hand information as you can to avoid this situation arising.
I would also suggest enrolling the help of a wedding professional, such as a wedding planner, in the country where you plan to get married. This will help to ensure you are following the correct procedures and timelines for submitting all the required documentation. It can take away a lot of the stress knowing that you have an expert dealing with the legalities on your behalf.
If you do get married abroad you need to be aware of the following:
If you are getting married abroad you need to be aware that the legal validity of your marriage is governed by the laws of the country in which you are marrying and not by the laws of the country in which you are resident.
Although you must meet the legal requirements of the country in which you are marrying, you are still bound by the laws of your home country in so far as your capacity to marry is concerned.
Examples where this situation may arise are:
In other words, in order for your marriage to be legally recognised in your country of residence, you must meet not only the legal requirements of the country in which you are marrying but also the legal requirements of your home country.
Even if you intend on enlisting the help of a wedding planner, I strongly suggest that you read the required documentation section below. This outlines details of the documentation you may be required to submit and other specific requirements which may need to be met to ensure that your marriage will have legal standing.
Residency requirements vary from country to country. Specific residency periods are detailed in each country's destination guide.
The following page outlines the documentation you may be required to produce if you are getting married abroad.
The following page outlines if and how you can register your marriage in your country of residence.
Having a wedding blessing allows you to get married in the country of your choice even if you are unable to fulfil their legal and residency requirements.
If you are planning your own destination wedding but do not feel comfortable arranging the legalities then the perfect option may be a combination between organising it yourself and using a wedding planner.
Many wedding planners will happily sort out the paperwork to ensure your marriage is legal and charge you a one-off fee for doing this. You will not be under any obligation to use their services for organising any other part of your wedding.
You will then have the confidence that your marriage will be legal and you can organise the rest of your wedding however you desire.
Please note: although much care and attention has been taken to ensure the above information on wedding abroad legal requirements is correct please do not take it as legal advice.