Romantic Elope Wedding in Europe

An elope wedding in Europe, with its cultural heritage and romantic landscapes, combined with a european honeymoon is something many brides to be dream about.

France and Italy are some of the best destination wedding locations but getting married in Europe often includes rules, and regulations, having to full fill residency requirements and an extensive amount of paperwork.

Here are the best places to elope in Europe --no blood tests, no residency requirements and short waiting periods.

Marriage license requirements often change -- It is important that you verify all information with the local marriage license office before making any elope wedding or travel plans.

You do not have to be a resident to get married in one of the European countries - however, there are several steps that must be followed in order for the marriage to be valid. Here you will find some the documents and requirements -- but documentation varies depending on your country of residence. Check with your authorities what they require to recognize your marriage at home.

Here are the documents required for all countries in Europe:

• Full birth certificates showing both parents' names

• Passports

If previously ...

divorced, show your original final divorce papers
widowed, show the death certificate of your former spouse
• you have changed your name then show legal proof of the change

Some countries also require these documents:

Certificate of No Impediment to marriage

This can be obtained from your local department of foreign affairs or your embassy in the country in which you are getting married

Apostille stamp

Some countries require foreign legal documents to be stamped with an apostille which then makes them legal documents in their country

Certificate of Single Status/Sworn affidavit that you are free to marry

These are similar to Certificate of No Impediment but instead you have to swear you are single in front of a legal representative

Marriage requirements for countries in Europe:

The requirements for marriage can differ substantially from country to country one rule applies in all countries bride and groom must not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.

One important prerequisite is the residency requirement, as some countries require residency and others do not. Other factors that must be taken into consideration include other requirements that can vary depending on the country such as blood tests, Identification documentation, types of legal marriages, and age restrictions.




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Destination weddings Italy

An official interpreter for the ceremony, Certificate of No Impediment (Nulla Ostra), certified translations of all required documents above, if the bride has been married before she must wait 300 days after the end of her last marriage before she can remarry.

Residency requirement: none

Destination weddings Italy - With its cultural heritage and romantic landscape - an italy destination wedding is probably the most popular place to get married in Europe.


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France destination weddings

Documents: birth certificates issued less than 3 months ago, two proofs of domicile, certificates of single status, certificate of no impediment, certified translations of all required documents above with apostille stamps, medical certificates issued less than 3 months ago by a Doctor in France.

Residency requirement: 40 days


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Elope Wedding destination Spain

Documents: application to marry form, certificate of no impediment, certified translations of all required documents above with apostille stamps, affidavit stating where you reside, consular registration certificate.

Residency requirement: 21 days if non-catholic and non resident. None if catholic or if you own property in Spain


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Gibraltar Elope Wedding
Documents: all required documents above.

Residency requirement: 24 hours

Gibraltar Tourism and Elope Weddings -- Gibraltar Tourism Board promotes the location as a venue for destination weddings and since Gibraltar is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom the people are British Citizens and everything is in English.


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Documents: four witnesses, certificate of no impediment, certified translations of all required documents above issued within the last 6 months with apostille stamps.

Residency requirement: 30 days



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Malta, Gozo & Comino Elope Weddings

Documents: Form RZ1 application to publish banns, form RZ2 Declaration on Oath, all required documents above, provide for the registrar details of when and where the marriage will take place, name of the minister conducting the wedding and name the bride will use after marriage.

Residency requirement: none






Best Destination Weddings Northern Europe

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Sweden Elope Wedding

Documents: sworn affidavit that you are free to marry, certified translations of all required documents above, if you are divorced your former marriage certificate, certified and notarised. You may need to show a certified copy of your country's marriage laws.

Residency requirement: none.


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Norway Weddings

Documents: Both the bride-to-be and bridegroom-to-be must complete a Q-0150 declaration for verification of compliance with conditions for marriage. Certificate of no impediment to marry from native country, if bride/bridegroom is a foreign citizen. Proof of legal right to enter and stay in Norway. All documents must be original and authenticated. Documents which are not written in Norwegian or English, must be translated, and stamped and signed by authorised translator. The translation must also include the authentication statement (“Apostille”) if this is not written in Norwegian or English.

Contact the minister or County Court Judge in the area where you want to get married, in order to receive a Norwegian authorization of Marriage.

http://www.norway.org.au/consular/Marriage/marriage.htm


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Iceland Elope Wedding

Documents: witness forms, certificate of marital status, confirmation from the Directorate of Immigration that you are legally staying in Iceland, flight tickets, if widowed papers showing the estate and liabilities of the deceased spouse, all required documents above.

Residency requirement: none.


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Denmark Elope Wedding

Documents: Documents that are not in English or German must be translated. Documentation showing present marital status. If you are living abroad, you will need to provide your residence permits. Your Visa or proof of entry and arrival in Denmark may be required.

Residency requirement: Some of the municipalities require that you reside in their municipality before marriage may be performed, usually 3 days.


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Documents: visa, "Certificate of No Impediment" or Apostille Certificate or a statement documenting there are no reasons against the marriage, certified by a Finnish embassy.





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Documents: give notice to the registrar 4 weeks before wedding in writing signed by both of you, marriage registration form, certificate of no impediment, all required documents above.

Residency requirement: none




Best Destination Weddings Central Europe

best-destination-weddings-switzerland Switzerland Wedding

Documents: promise of marriage form, sworn affidavit that you are free to marry, certified translations of all required documents above, if you are divorced your former marriage certificate.

Residency requirement: none. Only a civil ceremony is recognized by Swiss law.


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Austria Weddings

Documents: an official interpreter for the ceremony, proof of domicile, sworn affidavit that you are free to marry, any former marriage certificates, certified translations of all required documents above with apostille stamps.

Residency requirement: none. Only a civil ceremony is recognized by Austrian law.


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Germany Weddings

Documents: an official interpreter for the ceremony, proof of domicile, sworn affidavit that you are free to marry, any former marriage certificates, certified translations within the last 3 months of all required documents above with apostille stamps.

Residency requirement: none. Only a civil ceremony is recognised by German law.


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Documents: certificate of no impediment, personal details form, certified translations of all required documents above.


Residency requirement: none.





Best Destination Weddings Southern Europe

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Documents: certificate of no impediment issued within the last 3 months, if divorced then previous marriage certificate, certified translations of all required documents above.

Residency requirement: none.


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Documents: notice of marriage form, swear before a registrar that you are single and that there is no impediment to the marriage, if divorced then your previous marriage certificate, all required documents above. Residency requirement: 2 or 3 days.



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Documents: certificate of no impediment, 6 recent photos of bride and groom, certified translations of all required documents above. Certain resorts may require medical examinations.

Residency requirement: none




Best Destination Weddings Eastern Europe

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Documents: certificate of no impediment, certified & legalised translations of all required documents above.

Residency requirement: none.





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Hungary Elope Wedding

Documents: Non-nationals must establish to the satisfaction of the Hungarian authorities that s/he is free to marry under the laws of the state of his/her residence. All documents issued in a foreign language must be accompanied by official translations into Hungarian. All civil documents should be originals endorsed with an Apostille Stamp.

- Certificates of no impediment - issued by embassies in Budapest- Certificates of single status - affidavits of civil status - Tanusítvány - issued by registrar offices in home countries

Only civil weddings are legally recognized. A religious ceremony may only be performed after a civil ceremony.

Residency requirement: All non-citizens planning a marriage in Hungary must reside in the district where the civil ceremony is to take place for at least 30 continuous days prior to the date of the wedding.


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Croatia Elope Wedding

Documents: birth certificates issued less than 3 months ago, certificate of no impediment, certificate de coutume, affidavit signed before a solicitor, if divorced then your previous marriage certificate, certified translations of all required documents above with apostille stamps.

Residency requirement: 21 days .


best-destination-weddings-slovenia Slovenia Elope Wedding

Documents: an official interpreter for the ceremony, birth certificates issued less than 6 months ago, single status certificate, certificate of no impediment, certified translations within the last 3 months of all required documents above.

Residency requirement: none


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