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.


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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Greece

Greek wedding legalities can be a bit drawn-out. You are likely to have a waiting period depending on the locality and type of marriage and you can expect the process to take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. You will also need to obtain a marriage licence and a copy of a newspaper notice of intent to marry is required.
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Kenya

For a legal overseas Kenyan wedding to take place, you have to give 21 days’ notice before your wedding to apply for the Ordinary Licence in person. However, if you can’t do this, you can apply for the Special Licence, which requires you to be residing in the country for at least 4 days before the wedding. There are other requirements and we have the rest of the legal information 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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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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Cyprus

Cyprus is relatively straightforward when it comes to legal wedding requirements. You need to be resident in Cyprus for three working days prior to your wedding if you apply for the Special Licence. If you don’t apply for the Special Licence, you will need to be resident in Cyprus for 20 days and there needs to be 15 clear days after you submit your Notice of Marriage before your wedding.
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Australia

Getting married in Australia is actually much easier than most people think. The only legal requirement, apart from documentation, is that you must put forward a ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ (NIM) with your partner a minimum of one month prior to the date of your wedding.
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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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Las Vegas

As expected, Vegas is one of the easiest cities to get married in the world. Nonetheless, there are still legal steps that you need to take prior to the wedding. The most important step is that you have the necessary paperwork such as a valid passport, birth certificate and the completion of a marriage licence application. We have the rest of the legal information for you here.
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Mauritius

Getting married in Mauritius is pretty easy but there are a number of administrative details that you need to take into consideration. The most important step is that Mauritian authorities require you and your partner to have your birth certificates re-issued and dated within three months of your wedding date.
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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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