Can I Legally get Married in Turkey?
Turkey is full of luxury wedding venues, including D Maris Bay in Marmaris and the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum. Getting married in Turkey is relatively simple but you must get organised. In Turkey only civil ceremonies are legally recognised so if you are looking to have a religious ceremony then this must be done after a civil ceremony in order for it to be binding. You will need two witnesses but they cannot be family so be sure to take along some friends who will do the honour. You can hold the ceremony in either the offices of your country’s embassy or the Turkish marriage offices and if you don’t speak Turkish then you will need an interpreter to translate.
- Couples must complete the bilingual Affidavit/Affirmation form and their oath/affirmation should be administered by a local Public Notary in the UK and legalised by Foreign Commonwealth Office Legalisation Department before travelling to Turkey (UK residents).
- Your application must be made in person at the local marriage office, to complete necessary forms and provide the required documents.
- Once your application has been approved then this is valid for up to 6 months and you can get married from 48 hours following this.
- Birth Certificates
- 6 passport colour photos taken within a month
- Affidavit for marriage
- You may be asked to present an accommodation document written by the hotel to stating the duration of your stay and confirmation that you are staying there.
We advise that further research should be made before booking your wedding.
Turkey does not permit same-sex marriages.
This information is appropriate for UK nationals getting married overseas. We always advise that you contact the relevant embassy for information before booking any trips. This information is up to date to the best of our knowledge.