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.


Mexico

Mexico The legal process for overseas weddings in Mexico is more complicated than it is for other countries, but it can be done. We’ve simplified the process for you here and there are strict protocols that you’ll need to follow such as acquiring a Certificate of No Impediment and contacting the Mexican Embassy. Similarly, you and your partner may have to get blood tests in order to prove that neither of you have an STD. ....
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Mauritius

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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Las Vegas

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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Kenya

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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Italy

Italy It pays to do your research when trying to marry in Italy as it can be a long process. It is by no means impossible though and you will need to make contact with the local commune before you make any plans. Legally, you need to start this no sooner than six months prior to the wedding date.
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Ireland

Ireland Thankfully, the legal requirements for getting married in Ireland are much simpler than it is for other countries. An important step that you’ll need to carry out is to send a written notice to your Irish district’s wedding registrar notifying them of your plans to wed. This needs to be done at least three months before the wedding takes place. With your partner, you’ll also need to be residing in Ireland for 15 da....
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India

India India is a difficult country to marry in because you have to have been living in India for at least 30 days before the ceremony to tie the knot. Equally, there is then a 30 day waiting period once your application has been accepted. This means the whole process will take at least 2 months whilst living in India.
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Greece

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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France

France Generally, we would not recommend getting married in France as the whole process is lengthy and extremely time consuming. if you’re a non-resident, it is still possible to get married in France, but the legal requirements are different. We suggest formally tying the knot in your home country, and then enjoying a wedding celebration in France thereafter. 
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Florida

Florida Tying the knot in Florida & Miami, like the rest of the US, is straight-forward and easy. You just need to make sure all of your documents are correct before you fly there to avoid complications later on. As Florida is such a popular wedding destination, we also recommend booking your venue well in advance!
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Dubai

Dubai It is slightly difficult to legally marry in Dubai, but not impossible. You and your partner do have to be residents in the United Arab Emirates for a legal wedding to take place. You will also have to provide an affidavit document that proves that you can both legally wed. This document will be valid for 3 months after it is authorised, so everything will need to be organised and book well in advance. 
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Cyprus

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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