Catholic wedding ceremonies in Italy can contain a civil element that is recognised under Italian law, meaning it’s totally possible for foreigners to get legally married in a Catholic ceremony in Italy. Alternatively, many couples choose to legally marry in their home country, and conduct a symbolic Catholic blessing ceremony in Italy. In fact, there are some areas and churches in Italy that will only perform a blessing ceremony for non-Italian residents – however the incredible range of stunning Catholic churches in Italy means you should easily find a perfect venue if you want the ceremony to be legally binding.
Regardless of your preference, there are several necessary steps and pieces of documentation to arrange in order to have a Catholic ceremony in Italy. We recommend couples allow at least nine months to plan a Catholic ceremony to ensure you have enough time to arrange all your religious documentation – and additional civil paperwork if you’re planning to be legally wed during the ceremony.
Religious documentation you will need
All Catholic weddings require specific paperwork. To be married in a Catholic church in Italy, at least one spouse needs to be Catholic. If one spouse isn’t Catholic, then a mixed religion wedding will need written approval from your local Bishop. If either of you have previously been married, it won’t be possible to remarry in a Catholic church unless you have received a formal annulment.
Your preparations will need to start in your home parish at least six to eight months before the wedding.
You will need to provide: