Christmas is almost here and as I sit in my living room bunged up with a headcold, my mind wanders to next year’s big challenge – nope, not some ultra (although there’s one on the cards) but actually getting married in Italy. That’s right, we’re going to do the whole shebang, legal and all in the country famed for romance, ice cream, Vespas and art.
Even before he decided to pop the questions, my partner always knew Italy (and more specifically near where my parents own an apartment in Northern Italy) was on the cards. Not only have we spent many a holiday drinking at the local called Moby Dicks, my family has a connection to Italy. I was brought up knowing that I’m part Italian, which meant following Inter Milan, supporting Italy at the World Cup and Gazetta Football Italia on the telly on Saturdays and Sundays in the mid-90s.
Put simply, I may not look Italian but culturally I have an affinity with the country and, as my father likes to remind me, a bit of a Latino temperament. And when it came to marriage location, it was almost written in the stars that I would choose Northern Italy, close to the Dolomites where I spent many a happy childhood holiday.
The partner however had other ideas. If he had his way, we would’ve got married in Vietnam where he proposed or at least in the UK. But as we all know, we have to compromise sometimes. And he also knew how important the Italian part of my heritage is to me so we agreed to get married in Italy on the condition that we do actually tie the knot legally over there.
Getting married legally in Italy
Now I know of several friends who have decided quite sensibly to do the legal bit in the UK before hosting an amazing ceremony in the beautiful Spanish countryside mainly because it is complicated to get all the right documentation together to get married abroad. This would have been my choice but as I said above we all have to compromise sometimes.
Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to be that complicated in principal to get legally bound in matrimony in Italy, as this video explains:
I think it’s a pretty useful video for anyone planning a wedding in Italy as it breaks it down into documentation that you need – a Certificate of No Impediment from a UK Registry Office (translated in Italy) and a Statutory Declaration downloaded from gov.uk/world/italy website witnessed by a solicitor. All of which needs to be done within six months of the big day.
It all seems so simple. But there’s a saying in Italy about how they like to make the simplest things difficult. I’ll let you know how I get on.
Did you or any of your friends get married in Italy or abroad? Let me know what you had to do to ensure it all ran smoothly. If you have any tips, please comment below.