Catholic Church Ceremony
If one or both of the party are Catholic then a religious ceremony is possible in Spain.
Please note demand for Catholic Churches is high so booking must be made well in advance. More so the English Speaking Priests
order for you to be married in Spain, you must produce the following
documents to your priest at home in order to open your Marriage File;
Baptism certificate and Confirmation certificate solicited at the chapels where each member of the couple has been Baptised
The certificate must be legalized by the Bishops Office from the diocese of origin.
These certificates have a six-month validity
Birth certificate with the number and file in the Register
Passport: Identification of each member of the couple.
evidence that the couple has taken the pre-marriage course
(obligatory). The priest will arrange a pre marriage course at this
Both the Bride and Groom, will need to provide a witness (a
person who has known them for a reasonable length of time). Witnesses
can not be relatives of the bride or the groom.
Once the File is finished, you will be given an extract to present at the Bishops Office.
Bishops Office will send the file to the Bishops Office in Spain and
from there it is sent to the Church where the wedding is to be held.
You will then need to consult your priest approx 6 - 7 months before the wedding with details such as;
Name of Priest conducting the ceremony
Name of Bishop and his address
Name of Church and Diocese.
At this time the priest will get the papers authorised by their Bishop and forwarded to the Bishop in Spain.
the wedding, you will be given the document "Communication of Canonical
Marriage", to be added at the Registry Office in their home county,
where they will be granted their Family Book.
Dispensation is required, which must be requested from their Bishop if one of the party is not Catholic
Neither party can be divorced
Civil Ceremony in Spain
While the legalities for Civil Ceremonies in Spain vary from town hall to town hall the basic documents remain the same.
Spanish Law requires that foreigners are resident in Spain for at least two years prior to the wedding date.
can now help with both non resident and resident weddings who do not
live here or who have not had the normal 2 year rule.
EU non residents and residents who wish to get married in Spain require the following:
Original Birth Certificate (must be the long version)
of no impediment to Marriage (this can be obtained either from your
local registry office or from the Spanish consulate. You will need to
check which your particular town hall requires).
If applicable, certified original divorce certificate and papers
If applicable, an original certified death certificate
Certificate of residence (empadronamiento)
All documents that are in English must have the Hague Apostillle on them.
documents must then be translated into Spanish and presented at the
relevant Town Hall.