Catholic Legal Ceremony
Tuscany is perfect place to celebrate a religious wedding ceremony. There may be those who say that it is impossible to get legally married in a church in Italy or that you must have a civil ceremony in your country of origin first, but that is simply untrue! We are among the few wedding planners in Italy able to arrange Catholic ceremonies with civil legal validity.
In Italy, Roman Catholic ceremonies are performed in a church and they can either be religious only or religious with civil legal validity. In both cases the Sacrament of the wedding will be celebrated during the wedding mass. Keep in mind that to get married in a Catholic church either the bride or groom must have been baptized and confirmed and you will need the assistance of your home Pastor or Parish to collect your religious certificates of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation.
If you have already been married civilly in your country and you wish to arrange a religious ceremony in a Catholic church in Tuscany, you must present a copy of your marriage certificate to the church authority. If instead you would like to have a legally-recognized Catholic wedding in Italy, we will assist you with the entire procedure. The Catholic priest will celebrate both the civil and religious ceremony in the church and your wedding will be legally recognized in your home country.
A Catholic religious ceremony can take place in a wonderful church or cathedral in a famous Tuscan city or in an intimate chapel tucked in the hilly countryside. We have access to the most beautiful churches and chapels, in both well-known and undiscovered areas.
We will assist you with the legal and religious procedures to get married in Italy and we will provide our knowledge and experience of the best ceremony venues based on the location, accommodation and reception location you prefer. We always suggest the best ceremony venue in the vicinity of your accommodation and reception venue. This way we can plan the perfect schedule for your wedding day...no stress, no waste of time and absolutely no unnecessary transport costs!
Catholic ceremonies can be performed in your own language by a local Catholic priest and there are no legal requirements for an interpreter during the wedding mass.
What we will do for your Catholic Wedding Ceremony:
- Assist you with all legal documents and paperwork necessary to obtain your Certificate of Freedom to Marry or "Nulla Osta"
- Deal with and book the Catholic church
- Provide the ceremony text to arrange your personal wedding mass booklet
- Provide the officiant or minster to perform the Catholic ceremony
- Be present at the marriage ceremony and act as wedding coordinator
- Provide registered and legalized wedding certificates after the ceremony
- Provide extra wedding services such as music and flowers
For a Catholic ceremony with Legal Civil value, it takes at least 6 months minimum for religious authorities in Italy to approve the legal documents. It is highly recommended that you arrive in Italy at least a few days before the wedding as the town registrar must review your passports and complete all the necessary paperwork while you are in Italy.
Please contact us to enquire about the legal requirements and necessary paperwork for a legal wedding in Italy based on your nationality!