Questions About Civil Wedding Ceremonies in Italy for People From Other Countries Getting Married In Italy
Can civil wedding ceremonies be held outside a town hall?
Yes, but only in exceptional circumstances.Essentially, it is only possible if the bride and/or the groom is unable to travel to the town hall due to serious health issues or other impediments that are accepted as a justification by the registrar. In cases such as these, the registrar will travel to the place where the person in question is found and four witness are required rather than two.
Can registrars refuse to perform civil wedding ceremonies in Italy?
Yes, for reasons that are permitted by law, such as if the registrar realizes that the bride and/or the groom is of unsound mind. If this occurs, the registrar must issue a special certificate stating the reasons for the refusal so that the couple can take the case to court.
Are witnesses required when asking for banns of marriage to be published?
No, witnesses are no longer required. The future bride and groom can go to see the registrar by themselves.
Can impediments to marriage be raised before a registrar?
No, Italian law requires impediments to be raised before the court of the location where the banns were published.
Can impediments to marriage be raised directly by a registrar?
No, registrars who find out about impediments to marriage must immediately inform the Public Prosecutor so that any action necessary can be taken.
Can minors get married in a civil wedding ceremonies in Italy?
Yes, minors aged 16 and over can get married if they have authorization from a court.
Is it possible for both the bride and the groom to have three witnesses?
Yes, it is possible but when the marriage certificate is signed, one of the three witnesses will only sign the copy that is kept by the church and not the one that is sent to the registrar.
Can a foreigner who is neither resident nor domiciled in Italy still get married there?
Yes, it is possible for foreigners who are neither resident nor domiciled in Italy to get married in the country.
Can political refugees and stateless persons get married in Italy?
Yes. Instead of a Nulla Osta, for the publication of the banns of marriage they can simply present the document certifying their status as political refugees issued by the High Commissioner for Refugees or the document certifying their status as stateless persons.
What is the purpose of the Nulla Osta issued by foreign authorities in civil wedding ceremonies in Italy?
The Nulla Osta is to assure the registrar that foreign brides and grooms are able to get married in accordance with the laws of their home countries because there are no impediments.
What happens if a foreign state does not issue a Nulla Osta for marriage in Italy?
The registrar must refuse to publish the banns of marriage and issue a certificate stating the reasons for the refusal. The couple can then take the matter to court in order to obtain permission to get married.
Is a marriage between an Italian citizen and a foreigner valid if the ceremony is held in Italy before the consul of the foreigner’s home country?
No, it is null and void. One of the conditions for the validity of marriage ceremonies performed by consular authorities is that neither of the members of the couple must come from the country in whose territory the wedding is held.