Planning to get married in Spain? You have to be ready to get everything needed and on time before your wedding. Understand what getting married in Spain is all about and the pros and cons of the same before you make the decision. If you want to get married in Spain, you must know the wedding traditions of the country as well as the bureaucracy it involves.
Spain is one of the best places you can get married in. If the bride is from Spain, it makes it even better, the bureaucracy decreases and becomes less hectic. Let’s see what it takes to get married in Spain:
1. ID REQUIEREMENTS
If you are not a Spanish citizen, you must have your original birth certificate. Take the document to the Civil Registry which will translate it and give a Spanish legal copy. The copy is dated and is suitable for six months. More than enough time for a wedding and superb honeymoon in Spain.
Depending on the kind of wedding you want, one party must have resided in Spain for at least two years even if you are not a Spanish citizen. Get a certificate from the town hall in the area you have been residing as it’s the proof of residency allowing you to get married.
3. MARITAL STATUS CERTIFICATE
Spain needs to know you are of age, alive and eligible to marry. It might sound absurd, but it’s essential. If you are a Spanish citizen, get a marital status certificate from the civil registry or a certificate from the consulate to confirm all the above details.
4. PETITION TO MARRY.
Getting married in Spain requires a lot of preparation and a wedding planner can help you out with some of the details. The petition to marry is filled and completed at the Registry. They collect everything from you and process your file. After the processing is done, they notify you when you can come back and pick everything and get married. The process can take up to six weeks but its well worth the wait.
This might sound like common sense, but it’s not common at all. All your documents must be changed into Spanish. The Spanish consulate in your country can help you in this by authenticating your translated documents and take them. All documents must be original, and you have to carry all of them including the translated copies. Its good to be safe and prepared to avoid mishaps on your wedding day.
6. PREVIOUS MARRIAGE
If you were previously married, you have to show evidence that you are divorced or widowed. You need proof to prove you are no longer married. The evidence includes a divorce decree, an annulment certificate or an original death certificate of your spouse.
7. THE WEDDING DAY
You have finished with all the requirements and now the big day is finally here. To get married in Spain, you need a witness (at least one) and not a relative. After the wedding, register with your consulate in Spain and the Spanish Civil registry.
You can find more information in http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/