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.

Abu Dhabi

Getting married in Abu Dhabi is not possible unless one of you is a resident of the UAE. We have outlined the steps required in order to get married there. Abu Dhabi is home to wonderful venues where you can throw the most incredible celebration.


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.


Can I Legally get 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. There are some beautiful areas to get married in, including Vienna & Salzberg and stunning …


A destination wedding in Botswana, surrounded by nature, would be an unforgettably magical experience. Thankfully, marrying in this beautiful country is not as difficult as you might think, just make sure that all of your documents are correct before you set off as you can only apply for a Special Marriage Licence once you have arrived in the country.


Tying the knot in California is a simple process. The most important thing to organise is ensuring you have all the correct documents for the Marriage Licence for the County Clerk. As long as you are organised, marrying in California should be stress-free and straightforward.


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.

Czech Republic

Can I Legally get Married in The Czech Republic? The Czech Republic is a stunning place to get married, surrounded by castles it’s perfect for a fairy tale wedding, what’s more it is incredibly easy to get married here! The process is very straightforward and there are no residency requirements, so by following these simple …


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. 


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!


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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