Getting Married Abroad FAQs

  • Do I need a Wedding Planner to have a Wedding Abroad?

    No you do not. You are absolutely able to do everything on your own and under your own steam if you want, and go direct to the Danish Agency of Family law Government office for the application (Familierethuset). But it can be very difficult, long winded and fraught with delays and hold ups, and who wants stress and administration with their wedding day?  We will do the official part for you with the Danish Agency of Family law Government office for the application (Familierethuset) and organise and book the wedding ceremony and registry office for you. Then you can simply add on whatever wedding services you would like (not everyone likes wedding cake or wants flowers!) but we can usually put you in touch with suppliers for a Wedding cake, Wedding Photography, Wedding flowers. But we are not affiliated with anyone, and they are not services that we sell, so you are not going to get pressured into “additional extras” from us - we really do want to keep it simple for you!

  • Do you work with Same Sex marriages?

    Yes we do! Same Sex marriages are legal, common, recognised, and celebrated in all countries and venues we work with, we are all about the love! Both Denmark and Gibraltar are top 10 in the worlds best same sex wedding destinations. And we only work with same sex and Gay friendly suppliers and town halls. LGBTQI supporters and wedding planners. 

  • Do you offer Wedding packages or wedding elopement packages?

    In order to keep the process and experience simple, we do not offer set specific packages, as people have different budgets, timeframes and requirements. But we do work with vendors and suppliers in each location and can offer you information and contact details for most things that you may require. We do like to keep it easy so you can Marry Abroad Simply and have exactly what you want - rather than what we think you want!

  • What is the cheapest way to get married?

    The cheapest way to marry is the Handheld service in Denmark. If you are happy to do part of the process yourself and make the application fee yourself. This is € 295. And choose a registry office rather than an external venue.

  • How much does it cost to get married abroad?

    For a registry office wedding, the cheapest possible total cost in Denmark is € 512 (handheld service od € 295 plus the Government application fee of € 212) and this will include everything, there are no hidden extras, everything is included such as taxes, 2 copies of the International marriage certificate (In Danish, German, English, French & Spanish). The only other costs you need to factor are your personal costs of Hotel, Travel, wedding Flowers, wedding cake wedding Photographer - if you want them. So the cost can be as little as € 512 or as much as you want it to be!

  • Where is the best place to get married in Europe?

    We believe Gibraltar and Denmark are the best places to get married in the world! This is because they are accepting of all forms of love, low cost, easy - yet stylish, and are legally recognised worldwide with minimal paperwork and documents, and no lengthy residency requirements.

  • How quickly can I get married?

    The availability in Gibraltar is reduced compared to the availability in Denmark. Although Copenhagen is very popular and can be booked up weeks in advance in peak season. In Gibraltar you can book a ceremony up to a year in advance, and they are generally booked up 3 months in advance. In Denmark this is faster, from when the application is submitted, in some situations the Government can issue approval in 5 days, and once issued you can immediately book a ceremony. If you are flexible on location, you can marry just a few days ahead, and we have helped couples marry in under 2 weeks from application to ceremony! Please note this is situation dependant, and also dependant on the Government office processing time.

  • Getting Married in a Registry Office, what’s involved?

    A registry office wedding is a 10 minute verbal civil ceremony that goes with the paperwork part, and you need to have both of these to be legally married. You will be asked short questions and asked to confirm you would like to be married.

  • When do I get my marriage certificate?

    You will receive the marriage certificates straight after your ceremony. If you wish to have them Legalised this takes longer, but we usually have them back to you by courier within 7-10 days after we receive them.

  • How Long do I need to be in Denmark or Gibraltar before my wedding?

    You will need to be at the town hall one working day before the ceremony to present your documents. You can leave immediately after. There are some locations in Denmark where you can marry the same day as your document presentation so there is no residency requirement.

  • Do I need an Apostille Stamp on my certificate?

    Your International marriage certificates issued in Denmark and Gibraltar are legally recognised worldwide, but for some government or immigration purposes you may need the further optional maximum level of Legalisation available on any document. The Apostille stamp is a verification of authenticity by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, some countries outside of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia may require this, we always recommend that you check with the offices where you are using the certificate to be certain. In all cases we can help with this. It is likely to be required if you live in Germany, or if you are NON EU. 

  • Can I change my name on my wedding day?

    In Denmark and Gibraltar you can’t change your name on the day (unless you are Danish), but once you register the marriage in your place of nationality and/or residence you can change it then with your certificate. You can only change your name on your wedding day if you are Danish in Denmark. But it is really easy to change your name and register the wedding when you return home, just check with the office of "Births Deaths and Marriages" or with your Embassy if you are living somewhere other than your home country.

  • Can anyone marry in Denmark and Gibraltar?

    Anyone can marry in all countries and venues we work with - as long as you have the relevant visas to be in either Gibraltar or the Schengen area for Denmark and you have the right documents. All situations are accepted and celebrated, and same sex marriages, transgender, all are legal - not only legal but encouraged and welcome! In fact Denmark and Gibralter are two of the top Same Sex wedding destinations in the world. And both locations are number 1 choice for International couples, there is minimal residency (1 night only), no marital status documents,  and International Marriage certificates are issued that are legally recognised worldwide.

  • What are the ceremonies like, how do they work?

    The ceremonies are short, registry office ceremonies that are conducted by a registrar, they will last about 10 minutes. Usually there are some words spoken by the registrar maybe a poem, then the legal vows are exchanged (you can write your own vows too) and then the signing of the registrar. All locations have beautiful ceremony rooms where the wedding will take place. Couples are marrying for varying reasons, some couples will marry in jeans and t-shirts, some in traditional clothes and others in tuxedos and wedding dresses, it is completely up to you.

  • How do I register my marriage after my wedding?

    After your marriage you will have 2 marriage certificates that are internationally recognised, you can have this Legalised with an Apostille if needed and then once you return to your place of residence or your place of birth, you can register it at the registry of births deaths and marriages.

  • When should we start planning our wedding abroad?

    We advise all our couples to start the process as soon as they have a date in mind. In Gibraltar we can book at any point, some couples book 1-2 years in advance, in Denmark your ‘permission to marry’ or "Certificate of Marital Status" issued from the Familierethuset office (which is the Danish office of Family Law) will be valid for 4 months (visa depending) from the date of approval and you will have to marry in that time.

  • Do I need witnesses for my wedding ceremony?

    It is a legal requirement that 2 witnesses are required  in attendance for every wedding ceremony in Denmark & Gibraltar, these can be family or friends, or they can be arranged with the town hall. In Denmark witnesses are always organised for you if you need them in any Town Hall  for a weekday ceremony - there is no extra charge for witnesses on a weekday. There are certain Town Halls that will require you to bring 1 or 2 witnesses for a Saturday (Not places like Copenhagen City Hall or Aerø though, these are always provided for you at no extra charge). You will always need to provide 2 witnesses for your marriage in Gibraltar, so if you are travelling just the 2 of you Denmark may be a better option.

  • Can we have a ceremony outside of the town hall?

    You can certainly have a ceremony outside of the town hall in a venue of your choice, there are a variety of choices whether it be beach, garden or a venue of your choice. This is not included in the Everything service though, and there are extra fees involved with this - that are paid directly to the registrar and Town Hall for attendance and travel expenses and you would need to have your own witnesses, please ask for more details if you are interested in this.

  • What is an International Wedding Certificate?

    Once married in any of the town halls in Denmark you will be issued with 2 multi-lingual International wedding certificates; They will come in 5 languages Danish, English, German, French and Spanish; On the day, yourselves and the 2 witnesses will sign the document that is kept by the Danish Authorities for 50 years and you will be given the 2 copies of the certificate.  For use in foreign countries you may possibly need to have an Apostille stamp on the certificate (which we can help you with obtaining through our Legalisation service), and we do advise you contacting whichever Government or Immigration office you will be using and registering the Marriage in after you return home to ask if this is required. To find out more about the Apostille convention have a look here. 

  • What documents do you need for a wedding in Denmark?

    It depends on your individual situation, but you do not need many. You no longer need a Marital Status document nor your birth certificate You will need - Passports or EU ID. Residency permit if you are living in a country that is not your home country. VISA for entry into Denmark. Decree or Death certificate if you are previously married. It is advised that you contact us for a free no obligation documents list on interest@marryabroadsimply.com, as dependant on your situation you may need to write a relationship document (which we guide and support you through writing).  We help you with the application form (and do it all for you if you take the Everything service!).

  • How quickly can I get married in Denmark?

    We work very quickly and are expert wedding planners in Denmark for every situation and circumstance. You can marry in as little as 2 days after your file is approved! And in certain circumstances we are able to marry you in under 2 weeks from when you have instructed us and sent your documents and your file is complete! We also work with venues that you can turn up, marry and leave the same day.

  • Do you do all the Danish Government office (Familierethuset) contact for us?

    Yes we do! As part of our service we issue you with a Power of Attorney to complete, sign and date, and this means we can speak to the Danish office of Family Law - or "Familierethuset" on your behalf. As an agency we have different routes of contact via phone and email. It is notoriously difficult to get through if you are not an Agency and can be on hold for hours, so an Agency really is worth its value just for that! With the Everything service we also make the €217 payment to the Familierethuset on your behalf, so there is absolutely nothing to pay over and above the €745 service charge. With the €295 handheld service you would need to make the payment to the Government office yourself as this is not included.   

  • Do I need a Single Status certificate?

    No you do not anymore, not for Denmark or for Gibraltar. You have never needed them for Gibraltar, and since the Familierethuset office took over the Danish wedding paperwork administration in January 2019 one of the main changes is that you no longer need a Marital Status or Single Status document at all. They do reserve the right to be allowed to ask you for one at anytime, but it is very rare for this to happen, and they ask that in the first instance you make the application without a Single Status certificate.

  • Can I get married in Denmark near the German Border?

    Yes you most certainly can! Unlike any other Agency we work with all the Town Halls in Denmark, which includes the ones near the German Danish border at Flensburg. So we can find you a venue and a date to suit no matter what you want or where. And you also have the option of external weddings in places like beaches, lighthouses, gardens (there is an extra cost for this and you will need to provide your own witnesses). Places like Aabenraa are only a 35 minute drive from the German Border, and you also have other places like Tønder, Sønderborg, Ribe, Ejsberg, Haderlev - which are all really close to the German border and under 1 hours drive. So you can get married in Denmark whilst being a short convenient distance to Germany. And some venues offer same day document presentation and marriage - so you can have breakfast in Germany, lunch in Denmark and then back home in Germany for a wedding night celebration! As expert wedding planners in Denmark we can help you with whatever you want and need.

  • What to do if my wedding in Denmark is cancelled because of COVID 19 Corovirus?

    We know that due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown in Denmark there is widespread panic and confusion amongst the International couples who were travelling from all over the World on set timeframes with parties booked around the Legal wedding part, had guests flying in, permits and VISAs running out, dreams and countdowns all up in the air and turn from excited anticipation and full preparation to worry and uncertainty over night. Weddings in Denmark and the affect on them due to Coronavirus is big if you are marrying soon. And you are now thinking 'How do I reorganise or reschedule my Danish Wedding?" "Who do I contact to help organise or reschedule my wedding in Denmark?"  "Is it going to be possible to change the date?" "It is possible to move to a different Town Hall in Denmark and get a faster or easier date?" "Will the venues be opening when they say they will and how will I get an update?" "Is there anyway I can contact the Agency of Family Law Familierethuset and speak to anyone" "Due to coronavirus which town halls are open in Denmark and when will they reopen in Denmark?" 'How do I find out which weddings are affected by coronavirus lockdown in Denmark?" We can help you with all of those - so please do contact us, whether you went direct and already have your approval, or are in the process, we have a service that is called the SOS service and is only €345 which answers and deals with all of these questions, and is worth the money for peace of mind and contact for the most important day of your life.

  • How to contact the Danish Wedding Office Familieretshuset

    This date of expected re-opening is only a provisional date that is given today, due to the global pandemic of Coronavirus the situation is evolving on a daily basis and we are unable to provide any fixed dates at this time as we have not been given any. We will post updates on our page daily, but if you would like any further information or have specific questions then please feel free to contact us. At the moment the Agency of Family Law have closed all of their phone lines and communication is purely through email. And the only email available is the one that is used with and for the Agencies. So if you have made an application yourself direct you are likely in the dark at the moment or at best have received an automated email. And the only way to contact via email the Agency of Family Law Familierethuset office is via an Agency through a different contact route that we have exclusively for Agencies. We can help reschedule your wedding in Denmark that has been affected by the Coronavirus lockdown.

  • How do I change my Danish Wedding date?

    Town halls are closed until the 30th March, some are closed until the 13th April, please see our update page for further information. All ceremonies up to that date are cancelled. We can contact the town halls on the date that they re-open to re-book the cancelled ceremonies. You can not add any information or extend the expiration date to already approved cases that have had the Marriage license or "Prøvelsesattestendens" issued.  If your file is already in but not approved you can request the file be put on hold, to give you time to exit the Schengen area, or add a newly longer residency permit or VISA to the file and get married at a later date. If there are visa or residence permit time pressures you may not be able to marry.  If you get a visa extension then you can not add this to your existing file.  You will have to re-apply and pay the fee to the Danish Government of 220€ again. If the Town Halls and Agency of Family Law Familierethuset office reopen again at the end of March you can have your file moved to a Town Hall with better availability by the Agency of Family Law Familierethuset  Government office.

  • Who can I talk to that can help me with my Danish Wedding during the lockdown COVID 19?

    We can help you with all of those - so please do contact us, whether you went direct and already have your approval, or are in the process, we have a service that is called the SOS service and is only €345 which answers and deals with all of these questions, and is worth the money for peace of mind and contact for the most important day of your life. As of March 12th the Danish Government have announced that due to the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic all Country wide all Danish schools, creche's, Universities and  Government offices (which includes the Kommunes town halls that the weddings are held) are closed with immediate effect until the 30th March (at time of writing). Which includes the Government office that runs the weddings, files and licenses called the Agency of Family Law Familierethuset office.   This date of expected re-opening is only a provisional date that is given today, due to the global pandemic of Coronavirus the situation is evolving on a daily basis and we are unable to provide any fixed dates at this time as we have not been given any. We will post updates on our page daily, but if you would like any further information or have specific questions then please feel free to contact us. At the moment the Agency of Family Law have closed all of their phone lines and communication is purely through email. And the only email available is the one that is used with and for the Agencies. So if you have made an application yourself direct you are likely in the dark at the moment or at best have received an automated email. And the only way to contact via email the Agency of Family Law Familierethuset office is via an Agency through a different contact route that we have exclusively for Agencies. We can help reschedule your wedding in Denmark that has been affected by the Coronavirus lockdown.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    If you have made payment, the application and process is underway and work on your file has started cancellation and refund  for anything other than the Legalisation service (if you have paid for it and not initiated the service yet). If your application is in with us already and you wish to postpone - you must let us know and we will do this at no extra charge. With Covid 19 and Coronavirus, we will help at no additional cost for you to rebook your ceremony to a date within your license date range, or move Town Halls. But if you are unable to marry within the license date range for whatever reason we are unable to reimburse you and you will need to speak to your Travel Insurers for recompense. If you wish to rebook your ceremony in the event of an expired license and move forward with another ceremony, we will not charge you another full fee, but there will be a non profit cost €295 fee to cover the new fee we have to pay to the Danish Agency of Family law and the new file and application work we need to do.

  • Can we get married by Skype in Denmark or Gibraltar?

    No it is not possible to get married in a legally binding ceremony on Skype in Denmark or Gibraltar. If you are wanting to get married in Denmark or Gibraltar you both need to be present in person. It is usually possible with advance agreement of the registrar (via your wedding planner in Denmark or Gibraltar) for you to have Skype on during the wedding.  So that guests who are unable to attend in person can at least see you on your wedding day and attend via a Skype call - so they can be present in some form. As long as this does not negatively impact the Registrar and the service in time, duration or ability for the Registrar to deliver the service they need to they are more than happy!