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What are the options to organise catholic weddings abroad, and who can organise it for you ?
Unlike governments, the Catholic church is an international insitute, and therefore, catholic weddings are internationally recognised and valid, though in most countries, the legal wedding must be organised seperatly.
The Catholic church has it's own conditions to which couples must comply if they want to have a Catholic wedding.
These conditions vary, as they depend on the local priest and bishop.
You're only able to get married once for the Catholic church, it does not recognise divorce.
So, if either bride or groom has been married before in the Catholic church, then it's not possible to do it again.
At least one of both, bride or groom must be catholic, baptisted, en documents thereof must be presented ;
- Baptismal certificate
- Authorisation of the local priest of bride and groom.
These documents must be presented when requesting the Catholic wedding abroad, and may not be older then 3 months ( in some cases up to 6 months is allowed ).
The diocenes can also request for additional documents or authorizations.
On average, it takes 6 months to obtain the necessary documents..
The wedding ceremony is held in a church or chapel, and is performed in the local language.
Some priests will also do the ceremony in latin, and some also allow for a priest from the homeland of bride and groom to perform the ceremony.
Read more about Catholic weddings in Spain
10 frequently asked questions about weddings abroad
According to marketing research 2/3 of the wedding couples consider a destination wedding.
The information on the internet and on various forums is confusing, to say the least.
As a professional and experienced wedding planner on the Spanish Costa Blanca, I receive a lot of questions about weddings abroad.
On these pages I try to answer to these questions.