First and foremost you need to know that weddings in Spain are fabulous and there are many different options to suit all faiths and preferences, so that’s the good news!
However, there are strict rules and bureaucracy involved if you wish to have a civil ceremony in Spain and one of you must have been resident in Spain for more than two years. Most of our couples are based in the UK, so this isn’t an option for them, but never fear, there’s another great option for UK couples wanting a civil ceremony. We are very lucky to be really close to Gibraltar and as a British Overseas Territory, couples can have a civil ceremony in Gibraltar very easily so you are legally married. Then, you can head back to your perfect Spanish wedding venue and have a blessing with the wedding banquet and party and celebrate with all your guests. This is the best option for UK brides and grooms and whilst doing the ceremony twice can seem a little strange at first, it just means you can celebrate and enjoy the moment twice too.
If you are both Catholic then you can have a Catholic wedding in Spain once you have contacted the Bishopirc in the area you want to marry. You then need to have your birth certificate and baptismal certificate translated into Spanish and notarised and provide proof that both parties are free to marry and present these documents to the priest performing the ceremony. Following the wedding you need to register the marriage at the local registry office. Spanish churches and chapels can be beautiful and there’s something special about getting married in a country with such a strong Catholic culture. We can help you arrange a Catholic Marriage in Spain, as we’ve arranged several of these and have contacts with Marbella churches. To find out more about wedding ceremony options in Spain check out our dedicated page, or for more information read this useful article about getting married in Spain on Expatica.
Once you have decided what ceremony you want to have, then you need to think about the following things:
It’s great that you’re interested in getting married in Spain, I hope this article has given you an overview of some of the things you need to think about to have a wonderful Spanish wedding. Remember we live and work on the Costa del Sol, so we know the place inside and out and have all the contacts and local knowledge to make your Spanish wedding a breeze. We look forward to helping you to have the best possible wedding in the sun.
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