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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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South Africa

It is relatively straight-forward to marry in South Africa. The legal requirements in South Africa are pretty similar to Western countries, with the exception of there being no residency requirements for foreign nationals. This makes the whole process much easier. If you or your partner are not citizens of South Africa, then you both need to complete the BI-31 form (Declaratio....
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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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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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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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