When you arrive in Italy
3 days before your wedding...
Each U.S. citizen has to obtain a Dichiarazione Giurata /Nulla Osta from the American Consulate or Embassy in Italy
(in Milan, Genoa, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples or Palermo), which gives you authorisation to get married. You will need to bring all of your original documents and passports with you. No witnesses are necessary. Like with the Atto Notorio, to get the Nulla Osta, you will need to do a sworn statement that there are no impediments as to why that cannot get legally married in Italy, this will be sworn by you before an American consular officer commissioned in Italy. This should happen generally three working days before you wedding, and you should book your appointment about a month beforehand. The USA embassy/consulate gives out appointments only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so make sure you arrive in Italy in plenty of time to complete the process. The Nulla Osta document is valid for 6 months. You will also need to bring around €30 each cash with you.
Once the Nulla Osta/“Dichiarazione Giurata” has been issued, you must take it to the Legalization Office (Ufficio Legalizzazioni) of the local Prefettura to legalize it. You will need to purchase a €16 revenue stamp (marca da bollo) from any tobacco shop (tabacchi) and present it to the clerk of the Legalization Office (Ufficio Legalizzazioni) at the Prefettura (an Italian government office) for each document to be authenticated.
About 1-2 day before your wedding...
Set an appointment at the Comune (one or two days before the wedding) where you want to get married. Complete a “Declaration of Intention to Marry”. Present all the documents that you have to the Marriage office (Ufficio Matrimoni). This depends on the area where your wedding is taking place, and we can help you arrange this. You will need to visit along with an interpreter to present your documents and make your declaration of intent to marry.
If one of you is an Italian citizen or resident in Italy, then you will need to post your marriage banns and wait two Sundays before you can get married in a civil ceremony. However, if neither party to the marriage is an Italian citizen or a resident of Italy, banns are automatically waived or posted for a shorter period of time which may vary from one day to a week depending on the town hall regulations.
On the wedding day
The Mayor, the Ufficiale dello State Civile or one of their assistants will perform the civil ceremony. You will need to have two witnesses present with you and an interpreter. Witnesses may be of any nationality, but must be over 18 and possess valid photo identification. A witness cannot serve as interpreter. You will have to pay a rental fee for the marriage hall or the location where you will get married, which varies according to the location, the season and the day of the week. The fee ranges from a minimum of €500 to a maximum of €9,200.
After the wedding
The officiant will present you with your wedding certificate straight after the civil ceremony. It’s often a good idea to get an Apostille stamp on the certificate from the Prefettura having jurisdiction over the area where you were married – but will take a few days, so try and factor some time for this before leaving on your honeymoon.
A complete list of Prefettura offices is available here.
And finally, don't forget...
Make sure your full name is written in the same way on your passport, Atto Notorio and Nulla Osta. Otherwise, your paperwork will not be valid. *Brides, you will have to write out your maiden name!