Italy is undoubtedly the world's most romantic location.
What other country can boast of cities such as VENICE and FLORENCE or dramatic settings such as the RIVIERA, TUSCANY, CAPRI, POSITANO, SORRENTO, AMALFI, SICILY and the LAKE DISTRICT?
Italy offers hundreds of wedding sites in historic halls in every municipality, town and city that are very attractive when you are planning on getting married abroad.
|Vespa Wedding in Italy. Courtesy of photographer Antonio Sanzari|
France, England, Spain, Portugal and several other European countries, instead, have a thirty to forty day residency requirement - or more - before you can apply for permission to marry with a legal ceremony.
There is no residency requirement to marry in Italy. This allows foreigners to tie the knot and honeymoon in any location without long bureaucratic delays. In some cases you can arrive and get married in Italy within two days.
A civil marriage performed in Italy has legal recognition throughout the world. The certificate you are given is multi-lingual and can be issued in several different copies. All that you must do is register it in your home country, in which case the marriage laws applicable in that state, province or country will apply.
Catholic weddings can be celebrated as a religious blessing, where you arrive already legally married, or a priest can perform both a Catholic and a civil ceremony simultaneously.
For couples wanting to skip the paperwork altogether there is another option: That of having a romantic Symbolic ceremony with all the trimmings. A symbolic marriage ceremony follows traditional lines, but will not hold any formal religious or civil legitimacy. Having the restrictions removed allows you to get married just about anywhere except for an official civil hall or church. Many couples opt for this solution as it grants them complete freedom to celebrate both ceremony and reception in the location of their own choosing.