Definition of civil ceremony
We have previously talked about the symbolic wedding in Italy and you can find all the important information at the following link:
Today we will talk about the civil wedding, that is the legally binding ceremony: it can be held only in a government recognized wedding hall and it must be celebrated by the Mayor or his substitute. People from every part of the world can get married with a civil wedding in Italy But there are some steps to follow and for this reason an Italian wedding planner can be necessary in order to get in touch with local authorities and help you with the paperwork.
The civil wedding is a legally binding ceremony that can be held just in a government recognized wedding hall and it must be celebrated by the Mayor or his substitute. People from every part of the world can get married with a civil wedding in Italy, but there are some steps to follow and for this reason an Italian wedding planner can be necessary in order to get in touch with local authorities and help you with the paperwork.
How to get married with a civil ceremony in Italy
First of all, once the couple decide their ideal wedding destination, it’s important to ﬁnd out which are the recognized wedding halls in that area, check their availability and start the bureaucracy process. The bureaucracy process can be different depending on the Town Hall and the nationality of the couple, as professionals wedding planners in Italy we will provide you a list of documentations to collect and we will help you with the legalization in Italy. The wedding ceremony usually last from 20 to 30 minutes in which the registrar will read some articles of the Italian Civil code, rights and duties of the bride and groom and will pronounce you husband and wife. Family and friends can attend the ceremony, but wedding witnesses are absolutely necessary because they will sign, along with the registrar and the bride and groom, the marriage certiﬁcate and if the couple doesn’t speak or understand Italian there must be an interpreter that will translate the entire ceremony, in such a manner the couple will perfectly understand their rights and duties and they can promise eternal love to their partner. In case the couple will travel alone and they are planning a romantic elopement, your wedding planner in Italy will provide you wedding witness and interpreter. The civil marriage is valid in the country of origin of the couple.
Summarizing the things to keep in mind for a couple that wants to get married with a civil ceremony in Italy are:
- Find the recognized wedding hall
- Understand the bureaucracy process
- Collect and legalize the documentation
- Witnesses for the ceremony
- Interpreter for the ceremony
A wedding planner based in Italy can be very useful because we will know exactly what you need and we will help you to get them in time for your wedding day, we will be constantly in touch with the local authorities to be sure that everything is working perfectly and we will assist you, not only for the ceremony, but also with every additional services such as, wedding photographer, makeup artist, hairdresser, ﬂowers and so much more.
Civil wedding venues: the case of Florence
As anticipated the civil ceremony can’t be celebrated everywhere but just in some venues selected every year from the Town Hall. Depending on the area of Italy we can ﬁnd different kind of venues that can meet every needs, for example in Venice the civil ceremony can take place in a beautiful palace with a panoramic view of the Grand canal and the Rialto bridge, in Sicily we can ﬁnd some venues located on the beach, at the Amalﬁ Coast we can have the civil wedding in a beautiful garden overlooking the Gulf of Naples, the list goes on with historical palaces at heritage cities, villas in the lakes areas and so much more, but let’s focus on a speciﬁc area of Italy…Tuscany!
Tuscany it’s an amazing area of Italy, renowned all over the world for the beauty of its landscapes, its countryside, their wine, the friendliness of its inhabitants and it is also one of the most selected wedding destinations in Italy. Depending on your preferences Tuscany gives us a lot of alternatives in terms of wedding halls for civil weddings. One of the most selected in Tuscany is surely the Abbazia of San Galgano and you can find some amazing pictures here: Amazing civil ceremony in San Galgano Abbey
There are castles located on hills with breathtaking views of surrounding areas where you can held the ceremony on their panoramic terrace or in a courtyard; another option can be an hamlet surrounded by vineyards, that can be at your exclusive use if you are planning a big wedding with lot of guests, but the most traditional wedding hall is in Florence.
Florence is an heritage city, and the civil ceremony is allowed at Palazzo Vecchio precisely at Sala Rossa. The historical palace is located in the main square of the town, surrounded by masterpieces of art from famous artists, it is, certainly, the perfect place for a wedding and a wonderful photo shoot with a professional wedding photographer in Florence, that gives you the opportunity to re-experience the day and the emotions of your wedding through his pictures. The wedding hall is located in the city centre, on the Piazza della Signoria – it is over 700 years old! There is however also another option in an outdoor location that still will allow you to have a legal wedding, it is called the "rose garden", and this is extremely beautiful.
Both the Venues, are extremely requested, and if you are interested in checking the availability and to secure a date it is very important for you to contact your Italian wedding planner who will verify the availability on your behalf. Infact, if you are traveling from abroad please consider that an Italian wedding planner, can easily ﬁnd for you a venue where you can get the civil ceremony, the wedding reception and also accommodation for you and your guests, in such a manner you won’t have to worry about travel from a venue to another one. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to get more info about Florence wedding packages and don’t forget that as a network of Italians wedding planners we can help you with your ceremony all over Italy. Take a look at our websites and our best venues, check the link below: https://www.packageweddinginitaly.com
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