The Legalities

Different countries each have their own legislation dictating whether you can legally marry there and how it can be made possible. We have collated all the information needed to understand whether your desired region is suitable for a destination wedding.


Vietnam

Logistically, marrying in Vietnam is difficult because there is a lot of paperwork to sift through. Therefore, generally, we would recommend formally marrying in your home country and then enjoying a post-marriage wedding ceremony in Vietnam that can be identical to your actual wedding - just without the paperwork!
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The United Kingdom

Overseas marriages are legal in the UK, but only if they comply with the marriage laws of the country. There are criteria and steps involved in order for you to get married in the UK and we have all the necessary information ready for you here.
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The Seychelles

In the Seychelles, to get married legally, you must be present on the island at least two days prior to the ceremony. In addition to this, you must have a religious ceremony and a civil ceremony for the wedding to be recognised as being legal. If you wish to wed on the Seychelles’ outer islands, you will need to pay a fee for the transportation cost to these islands for the Registrar officer. There is also a fee fo....
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The Maldives

Non-residents of the Maldives are not able to legally get married on the island, but you can still celebrate your marriage there having carried out the legalities in your own country.
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The Caribbean

Getting married in Barbados is uncomplicated and simple because there is no minimum length of stay or waiting period, on a number of the islands. You will need to obtain a marriage licence from the Marriage Officer who will perform the ceremony. Documentation such as passports, birth certificates and return plane tickets are also needed.
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Thailand

It is surprisingly easy to marry in Thailand, and the whole process can be completed relatively quickly. The key step that you will need to take is obtaining an ‘Affirmation of Freedom to Marry’ from the embassy, before professionally translating it into Thai. It will then need to be legalised at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
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Spain

Spain is not the easiest country to marry in Europe. To get married in Spain, you need to meet two criteria: you or your partner have been living in Spain for the past two years or if you or your partner are Catholic. For other religions, you can still celebrate your marriage in Spain, but the legalities of it will have to be done in your home country. 
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Peru

For non-Peruvian residents, you will need to obtain a marriage visa and only civil ceremonies are legal. So if you desire a religious wedding, you will need to get married in the municipality. For the rest of the necessary legal documentation, you will need to get them translated into Spanish and this can take three to four months, so ensure that you leave plenty of time.
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Oman

Getting legally married in Oman is easier than in neighbouring Dubai, but it does need to be a religious ceremony rather than a civil ceremony. If it cannot be a religious ceremony, then you both must be living in Oman. The appropriate steps that you need to take would be contacting the relevant local authorities, before swearing an affidavit at the embassy. 
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New York

Getting married in New York is very easy as the main objective is to organise the Marriage Licence. This is valid for 24 hours after approval is given, and then is valid for 60 days thereafter. Once the Marriage Licence is organised then you are ready to officially tie the knot - simple!
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Morocco

Morocco is not the easiest country to marry in. You will have to sift through the paperwork such as the affidavit of intent to marry and organise police and medical record checks in order to tie the knot in this majestic country. We suggest allowing a few months to organise the whole process successfully.
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Montenegro

Getting married legally in Montenegro is a relatively simple process. For a legal overseas wedding to take place, you will need the required paperwork. This paperwork includes passport copies for the bride, groom and witnesses, birth certificates and single status documents also known as a ‘Certificate of Non Impediments’. The latter will need to be issued three to six months before the marriage takes place.
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