Catholic Wedding in Italy

Catholic Wedding in Italy

The magical atmosphere of a Catholic Wedding in Italy is always captivating. Getting married in one of the many spectacular Italian churches is a truly unique experience. As the cradle of Catholicism, Italy boasts the most magnificent cathedrals and ancient churches in the world.

The amazing cathedrals of Rome, Venice and Florence. The charming chapels of the Italian countryside with their stone walls and beautiful belfries. The panoramic churches of the Italian Riviera and the Amalfi Coast with breath-taking sea views. Whatever your favourite location might be, we will help you find the most romantic churches that will allow a marriage ceremony for couples coming from abroad.

In order to have a Catholic Wedding in Italy, you must complete the required religious paperwork specific to your individual situation. If you wish to have a legally binding Catholic wedding, then you will have to complete the Civil Wedding paperwork as well as the religious one.

We know it might seem a lot to get your head around but with our help it will be a stress-free experience. Our expert wedding planner will advise you every step of the way, guide you through the formalities and assist you with all the necessary paperwork.

Practical information for a Catholic Wedding in Italy:

  • Catholic Marriage with legal validity. In addition to the religious paperwork and formalities, the legal paperwork must be issued within 6 months of the proposed wedding date.
  • Catholic Marriage without legal validity. The religious paperwork must reach the Italian Diocese at least 2 months prior the wedding.
  • Mixed Religion Marriage. If one of the two parties is not Catholic, mixed religion marriage is possible subject to the written approval of your own Parish Bishop.
  • Divorcees. Catholic marriage is not possible if one of the spouses was previously married with a Catholic rite and is now divorced without a formal annulment by the Catholic Church.
  • Witnesses. The Catholic marriage must be attested by at least two witnesses.
  • Catholic Ceremony Venue. Catholic ceremonies can only take place in church.
  • Disbursements. Administrative fees and church donation.
  • Attire. No bare shoulders for the bride.
  • Catholic Rite. A Catholic Wedding in Italy can be performed in English (by an English speaking priest) or in Italian (with an interpreter).
  • Readings. Only sacred readings are allowed.
  • Music. Only sacred or classic music is allowed.

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