WEDDING WITH RELIGIOUS VALIDITY
Catholic Weddings in Italy are exclusively celebrated in Parish Catholic Churches and Churches that are allocated to weddings by the Curia. Catholic Weddings are celebrated by a Catholic priest. In Italy there are not many Catholic priests who speak English and in many cases the use of an interpreter is required during the ceremony. Catholic weddings can have only religious validity or both religious and civil recognition. To celebrate a wedding that is valid for the Catholic religion it is necessary to obtain a specific set of documents. We invite you to visit the section "Catholic Requirements". To also have civil validity there are some civil documents that are required and you can visit the section "Italian Legislation".
Protestant Weddings can be of two types: blessing only or with religious and civil validity: in the first case it can be celebrated by any Reverend or Protestant Minister. In the second case the wedding must be celebrated by a Minister of Cult assigned and recognized by the Italian State. The wedding may take place in a Protestant Church, in a Catholic Church put at disposal of the Protestant Minister, in a villa, palace, hotel or private garden.
For the religious validity there are no specific documents to obtain. Documents can be different from one church to another; in some cases the Ministers ask for proof that states you belong to a church and that you have taken part in pre-wedding courses.
For the civil validity some civil documents are required and you can visit the section "Italian Legislation".
Jewish Weddings can be celebrated in a synagogue or also in another place if authorized by the Rabbi. In Italy the recognized Jewish Community is Orthodox and so the Wedding will have to be Orthodox. The Orthodox Rabbi can also include civil validity if requested. For the documents, it is necessary to contact directly the Synagogue offices and they will tell you the documents required. If you prefer a Reform Jewish ceremony there are small congregations in Florence and Milan that have visiting rabbis during the year that may be willing to celebrate the wedding.
WEDDINGS WITH CIVIL VALIDITY
- In Town hall
- In Catholic Church
- In Protestant Church with officiant recognized by the Italian Law
- In any place with an officiant recognized by the Italian Law
Wedding with civil validity in Town Hall
Civil weddings in Italy may take place in a Town Hall that is in the seat of the Administrative Authority of the town. The ceremony in a Town Hall lasts about 10/20 minutes and is celebrated in the Italian language with the assistance of an interpreter and in the presence of witnesses. A civil wedding in a Town Hall requires various documents which we will talk about in the "Italian Legislation" section.
Wedding wit civil validity in Catholic Church
The weddings celebrated in Catholic Churches by Catholic priests can have civil validity. The priest celebrating the religious rite in the Church also can take care of recording the wedding at the civil authority. Weddings with civil validity in a Catholic Church require various documents which we will talk about in the section "Italian Legislation": they are however the same civil documents as needed for a wedding in the Town Hall.
Wedding with civil validity in Protestant Church
Weddings celebrated in Protestant Churches by officiants recognized by the Italian State are ruled by the dispositions of the Civil Code except what is established by the Special Law that regards this wedding. Law no.1159/29 (and R.D. of actuation no. .289/30) have civil validity. The officiant that celebrates the religious rite also takes care of recording the wedding at the civil authority. Weddings with civil validity in Protestant Church require various documents which we will talk about in the section "Italian Legislation": they are however the same civil documents as needed for a wedding in the Town Hall.
As we have said above, there are some agents that can organize weddings with civil validity in various places outside the Town Halls, in this case, an officiant recognized by the Italian Law according to the above said arrangements is required.
Symbolic weddings are essentially a blessing or a symbolic ceremony with no legal validity. They can be celebrated in a chapel or in any place without limitations or restrictions. Usually the couple that chooses this kind of ceremony has already had a civil ceremony in their country and comes Italy to have a second wedding in historical places or especially suggestive ones in which the Italian peninsula is especially rich.