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Can I get married in Spain

Can I get married in Spain

Yes, you can, but the question is, what type of wedding do you want?

  • a ceremonial wedding
  • a civil wedding
  • a religious wedding
  • a Hindu wedding
  • an LGBTQ wedding
  • a wedding blessing
  • a renewal of the vows
  • ... 

Via the link below you can view the page that explains the differences between these options.

 

 

Related pages on our site or useful links to other sites :

Types of weddings and ceremonies (page 15-01)
Can you get married in another country (page 38-01)
Getting married in Spain catholic church (page 33-03)
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Can you legally get married in Spain

What are the possibilities and conditions of a legal wedding in Spain?

More and more wedding couples prefer to do the civil part of their wedding in their home country, and the ceremonial part abroad.
This is a lot easier and cheaper than doing a civil destination wedding. Please read all about the reasons on our civil weddings abroad page.

But what if you do want to organise also the civil part of your wedding in Spain, is it possible?
 
The answer is a conditional yes.
 
According to an EU directive, each member state can determine the conditions for a civil ceremony, which apply to all, citizens, residents and non-residents. As a result of this EU guideline, the requirements for a civil wedding are different in each country.

So what are the conditions in Spain?
 
There are 3 options to organise a civil wedding in Spain ;

  1. One of both partners has Spanish citizenship, OR
  2. One of both partners has been resident in Spain for 2 years or more. OR
  3. Bride or groom (or both) are catholic, and the wedding ceremony is performed by a Roman Catholic priest. In this case, the conditions of the Roman Catholic church apply.

This last option is particular for Spain as one of the few countries in the world where the catholic wedding ceremony is also registered as a civil wedding.
This is only paperwork, no additional service or procedures are required.
 
Read more about this option on the catholic weddings in Spain page.
 
What are the procedures for a civil wedding ceremony in Spain
 
The procedures for a civil wedding in Spain are ( they're similar in most other countries ) ;
 
1 ) All documents must be translated into the language of the destination wedding.
2 ) All document must be stamped ( apostilles )
3 ) Taxes and costs apply
4 ) After the wedding, everything must be translated into the language of the country of residence of the couple
5 ) These documents again must be stamped ( apostilles )
6 ) Once more, taxes and costs apply
7 ) Upon return to the country of residence, the destination wedding must be registered.
 
In some countries, weddings abroad are to be registered in a national register, instead of at the local authorities.
 
All these steps and procedures are time-consuming, and all translations must be done by a certified legal translator.
Hence the procedure is costly.
 
Where is the civil wedding ceremony held?
 
Usually in the town hall, or at the civil courts, but often officiants are also willing to come to a wedding venue.
 
Since 2016 it's also possible to have a civil wedding in Spain officiated by a local notary.

Related topics on this site and useful links ;
Are civil weddings abroad legal (38.1)
Church weddings in Spain (33.3)

Related pages on our site or useful links to other sites :

Can you get married in another country (page 38-01)
Getting married in Spain catholic church (page 33-03)
Catholic weddings abroad (page 38-03)
Wedding blessing ceremony abroad (page 38-05)
Same sex marriage europe (page 38-02)
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Getting married in Spain catholic church

Spain is one of the few countries in the world where the Roman Catholic church has a unique position.

A Roman Catholic wedding is after the ceremony automatically registered as a civil wedding in Spain.
After the procedure, the wedding couple only needs to register the civil wedding in their home country.

Conditions for a Catholic wedding in Spain :

The catholic church is an international institute, and therefore the conditions are the same worldwide.

  • For the bride and groom, it must be their first Catholic wedding. Either one can have been married before, but not for the Roman Catholic church, and the spouse must be legally divorced.
  • Same-sex marriages are not allowed.
  • The local priest and Bishop in the country of residence of bride and groom must authorise the wedding.

Administrative procedures for a religious wedding in Spain ;

  • Birth certificate
  • baptismal certificate
  • authorisation from the local priest
  • other documents depending on the dioceses.

On the wedding day, these documents cannot be older than 3 ( in some dioceses still 6, but it's changing ) months.

Therefore, we recommend to request the documents 2 times ;

  • a first time when you start to plan your wedding in Spain
  • Once to ensure that at the day of the wedding, documents are not older than 3 months.

The procedure is initiated by contacting your priest in your home country. He will explain the procedure, give you the forms to complete, etc.

Once the application is complete, all the documents need to be submitted to the Spanish Bishop.

After the church wedding, the Catholic wedding certificate is sent to the civil courts. They register the civil wedding and deliver the certificate.

With this document, the wedding couple can then proceed to register their wedding in their country of residence.
According to EU regulations, each member state is free to determine the conditions for a civil wedding.
So, when the marriage is valid according to Spanish law, then any other member state is also required to register and acknowledge the destination wedding.

In some countries, weddings abroad must be registered in a national register instead of in local ones.

Obviously, a divorce must also be registered in the country where the civil wedding has taken place.

Where and when is the Catholic wedding ceremony to be held?

As a general rule, Catholic weddings can only be held in a church or chapel.
The date and time are set in agreement with the local Spanish priest.

The Catholic wedding in the country of residence

A Catholic wedding is internationally valid and registered. It's therefore not possible to do another religious ceremony in the country of residence.

Some priests are willing to do an additional blessing ceremony, a simple service without the sacrament.
As always, the final decision is only with the local priest and the Bishop.
 

Related pages on our site or useful links to other sites :

Types of weddings and ceremonies (page 15-01)
Can you get married in another country (page 38-01)
Getting married in Spain catholic church (page 33-03)
Getting married in Spain (page 32-01)
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Is gay marriage legal in Spain

In Spain, LGBTQ marriages are legal. 

A same-sex marriage in Spain is subject to the same conditions as any other civil wedding. 

Many LGBTQ couples choose the ceremonial wedding

 

Related pages on our site or useful links to other sites :

Types of weddings and ceremonies (page 15-01)
Can you get married in another country (page 38-01)
Same sex marriage europe (page 38-02)
Read More

What do i need to get married in Spain

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