Civil Wedding

Civil weddings in Italy: find out more on one of the most elegant, emotional and traditional rituals.

While a civil ceremony is to many a synonym for short and simple, organizing a civil wedding in Italy can actually be the perfect choice for a ceremony that fully reflects all your imagination, freedom and style.


Civil ceremonies are a great choice for several reasons: first of all, the bureaucracy involved in a civil wedding in Italy is quite straightforward. If you reside in Italy and decide you want to get married in your municipality of residence, all you have to do is present proof of your identity at least two months before banns are published. Once banns have been published, you’re free to arrange the date of your wedding.

What if you’re not a resident in the municipality where the civil ceremony held? Those who decide to marry outside their municipality of residence need to present the certificate of publication of the banns to the municipality chosen for the service.

Officiated by Italian authorities, civil ceremonies have legal validity in your country.

On the bureaucratic side, civil weddings in Italy allow couples who opt for them a good amount of freedom on the choice of the location and more time to focus on the details of their day – or simply to relax – once the paperwork is sorted!


We’re always excited when it comes to civil weddings in Italy because, aside from being one of the simplest solutions for couples who are planning how to get married in Italy – legally – these ceremonies allow the utmost freedom under several circumstances.

For example, there is no need for the ceremony to take place in a town hall: local councils make very prestigious venues available for civil ceremonies, including grand villas and amazing gardens. Civil ceremonies in Italy are often extraordinary occasions held in wondrous and elegant surroundings.

Fancy an outdoor ceremony? No problem: just make sure you check with Italian authorities on approved locations – or drop us a line directly!

A civil ceremony includes articles from the Italian Civil Code and traditional marriage vows. It is held by the town mayor or civil registrar entirely in Italian – in presence of an official interpreter!

Of course, you can tailor the ceremony to your needs and choose to include anything that fully reflects your personalities and values. From vows to music and from readings to poetry, some of the most moving weddings we’ve planned involved civil ceremonies.

The standard ceremony lasts approximately 20 minutes, leaving you and your guests the rest of the day to celebrate – or the time to pack up and leave for honeymoon straightaway, if an intimate elopement is what you’ve planned!

For all these reasons, civil weddings are one of the most flexible and concern-free ways to get married in Italy, legally.