Getting married in Austria

Getting married in Austria is relatively straight forward as there is no minimum residency period but the most important thing to bear in mind is that only civil ceremonies are legally recognised here. You must file your marriage application, no more than 6 months before your wedding day, at the main registry office in Vienna which requires you both to attend in person. If neither of you are residents then the registrar may waiver this requirement but you must confirm this before planning your wedding.

Necessary documentation:

  • Certificate of No Impediment/Certificate of Freedom to Marry
  • Proof of residence
  • Full passport
  • Photocopies of the picture page of the passports of the bride and the groom
  • Photocopies of the picture page of the passports for your two witnesses, listing their name, address and occupation.
  • Birth Certificate
  • If you are divorced – Decree Absolute and previous Marriage Certificate.
  • If you are a widower – Death Certificate of previous spouse and previous Marriage Certificate.

If you are looking to have a religious ceremony then you must first be legally married in a registry office either in Austria or your home country.

Hiring a wedding planner to coordinate the application may significantly help the process.

Sources

 https://www.weddingsabroadguide.com/legal-requirements-for-getting-married-in-austria.html

http://flyawaybride.com/fab-guide-legalities-getting-married-austria/

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad/y/austria/uk/partner_british/opposite_sex