The Civil Ceremony The civil ceremony is a fully legal marriage and by law can only be celebrated in property owned by the Town Hall...the ceremonial parlours, terraces, or municipal gardens. The ceremony will be celebrated by the Mayor or Civil Registrar The ceremony normally lasts about 20 mins, however, it can be enriched with meaningful poems, readings or the exchanging of personal pledges. As this and the intent to marry is read in Italian, an interpreter is needed. Two witnesses are required for a civil wedding. For couples having an elopment, Marriage made in Italy can take care of witnesses for you. Bride/Groom must both be single, legally divorced or widowed and a woman cannot get married if she has been divorced or widowed less than 300 days before the wedding.
Only certain churches perform wedding ceremonies to non residents and requires various documents and authorisations from your home church, and the one in Italy before the wedding can take place. It is also necessary for at least one of the couple wishing to wed, to be Catholic.
The Symbolic Ceremony
A symbolic ceremony or blessing is the simplest and most flexible way to celebrate your union. It is a non-legal ceremony and is perfect for any couple (of opposite or same sex) wishing to commit themselves to each other with a beautiful ceremony. Couples may also decide to have a legal civil service at home or in the Town Hall of their chosen location first, then celebrate a symbolic ceremony elsewhere with their loved ones. The content and style is limitless, as is the venue. A symbolic blessing can be held on a beach, the terrace of a medieval tower, boat, a hotel...almost anywhere you desire.