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Getting married in Denmark is a popular location for foreign, international, mixed citizenship, and same sex couples to get married. There is a reason it is the number one choice for foreign and international couples to get married abroad easily and legally. But there are still some things you need to consider.
Denmark is a popular choice for international couples looking to get married due to its straightforward process and beautiful locations. Here's a guide that might help you as a foreigner to Denmark:
Firstly there are no Single Status documents required and no Marital Status documents needed. What does cause confusion when you search on line for Getting Married in Denmark is the translation, as you need to apply apply for a certificate of marital status (prøvelsesattest) from the Agency of Family Law. What this actually means is the license to get married, but the direct translation from Danish is certificate of Marital Status - which means something completely different in any other language than Danish!
Legal Requirements to get married in Denmark as a Foreigner:
- There's no residency requirement except legal entry, so you can get married as soon as you arrive. You are able to get married on a Tourist VISA, your VISA free entry, your 90 days in a 180 day period in the Schengen, or your residency permit for another country that allows EU travel. Some venues need you to present the documents the business day before the wedding, others you present the documents the day of the wedding. When we say documents, we just mean your Photo travel document and any VISA that you have already sent on the application.
- Valid Passport: Bring your original passports - must be valid for more than 3 months from the date of your marriage.
- Birth Certificates: Only for any shared children you have
- Residency permit: if you are living in a country where you need one
- Evidence of living together: only if you are (it does not harm your application if you are not)
- Relationship evidence: we need to show you are in a real and genuine relationship which has longevity and contact
- If either of you are Divorced or widowed: we need to see that document, legalised if required as per Hague conditions
We always advise ahead of time just checking with your home country where you will be registering the wedding to see if they need anything in addition.
1. Choose the Location:
- Denmark offers various beautiful locations for weddings. Choose the one that appeals to you, generally this is based upon the timeframe you wish to get married, as some venues are fully booked for months in advance, some have space for you to get married in Denmark very quickly. There are also options for Danish Town Halls near to the German border, or a wedding on a Danish Island, or get married in Copenhagen City Hall. Some venues are more sensible if you are flying, some if you are driving. Your expert wedding planner in Denmark can help you with that.
2. Booking an Appointment:
- When you receive your license your wedding planner will contact the Kommune and organise the date and time for you, and will ask if you would like the language to be in English, German or Danish, and if you are taking witnesses or taking your own.
- You will be advised of which documents you need to present and when. But rest assured once the license is issued you will not need to present anything new than what is already sent.
3. Wedding Ceremony:
- On the wedding day, arrive at the municipality office at the time you are advised - either with your witnesses, or they will be waiting in the room.
- The ceremony might take place in Danish, German or English, depending on your choice.
4. Marriage Certificate:
- After the ceremony, you'll receive 2 copies of the International marriage certificate, these are issued in English, German, Danish, Spanish and French on the same certificate and are legally recognised worldwide.
- Check your marriage certificates before you leave the venue: It is possible human errors can happen and the clerks can make spelling mistakes. Mistakes can be easily put right whilst you are there
- Check if you need your International Marriage certificates Legalised with an Apostille: It is easy to do yourself if you are able to stay in Copenhagen an extra business day at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Or we offer the Legalisation service. What is a Legalisation - look HERE
Language: While many Danes speak English, it might be helpful to have an interpreter if neither of you speak a high enough level of English, German or Danish to understand the registrar.
Timelines: Check the processing times for documents, the license and the leadtimes and space for certain venues. Getting the license is half the issue, then having your license at a venue which has space is also a challenge. Please use a good wedding Agency, contact us HERE and we can help.
Witnesses: You'll need at least two witnesses at the ceremony. Some municipalities provide witnesses if you don’t have any, or for some Saturdays you need to take your own.
Validity: register the marriage back in your own home country when you return, ring ahead and check if they need any further verification such as Legalisation.
Getting married in Denmark is a hugely popular option, for Foreign, International and same sex couples in Denmark, as Denmark was one of the first countries to legalise gay marriages - they really are all about the love!
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