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 for their wedding 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?" Contact us!
With regards to the cancellation policy in place with the Danish Agency of Family law - there are no refunds available, if your license expires, whether it is to do with Coronavirus COVID 19 or not.
BUT there is a glimmer of positive news from the Danish Agency of Family Law, who appreciate this time is creating lots of stress and uncertainty for couples and they want to help in any way they can, so there are no refunds, but there are no new processing fees either (within certain conditions).
3rd April 2020
The Danish Agency of Family Law - Familierethuset have issued a statement this is for approved couples who have a license that expires during the lockdown and they cannot get married in Denmark as planned
"The Family Court has decided that, due to the extraordinary situation, we will re-open an application and issue a new certificate without paying a new fee, in cases where couples cannot be married within the validity period, if this is due to entry restrictions in Denmark, or other restrictions in Denmark as a result of COVID-19.
A case will be re-opened if requested. This means that we must ask of you to contact us, if the couple's certificate has expired without it being possible for them to get married due to the restrictions in Denmark.
This means that the applications you send to us will be finalized and we will issue a certificate regardless of the period of validity, if the conditions for being married are met."
This is really lovely and positive news, as initially couples were going to need to pay a new €217 processing fee - so we would like to personally thank the Familierethuset very much for their understanding and help in these tough times -they are all complete super stars and have continued to be in constant contact with us and working from home throughout this.
We can only get the cases re-opened once the certificate has expired and when the travel restrictions are lifted in Denmark and marriages can begin to go ahead. If you have VISAS and permits that are expiring/have expired/did expire etc you will need to obtain newly dated VISAs/permits.
This re-opening will not happen automatically, and for our couples this will all of course happen automatically and you will be contacted (there is a form to fill in to state that the situation has not changed since original approval). For all couples who are not supported, please do not worry, feel free to contact us and we have a new service to do everything for you, take over Power of Attorney on your file, contact the Familierethuset, and get your Town Hall booked, it is only €195.
The service is worth the money for peace of mind for the most important day of your life. We still also have our SOS, Handheld and Everything services running as usual and available.
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 13th of April (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 this 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.
What we know now.
For couples that are approved and have their ceremony booked.
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 as the Danish Agency of Family Law have already stated, if you are unable to marry and have your wedding in Denmark because of COVID 19 lockdown and your certificate expires, we can ask for your case to be re-opened and have a newly dated VISA or permit added with no charge.
When the Town Halls and Agency of Family Law Familierethuset office reopen again you can have your file moved to a Town Hall with better availability.
For couples that have made their application to the Agency of Family Law and have yet to receive their approval
These applications can be paused, if there is any information that needs to be added to these applications at any time e.g visa extensions then this is possible, but it needs to be emailed formally to the Agency of Family Law to put the files on hold. The office workers are going to be working at home during this period of closure.
Couples should get in touch with the Agency of Family law regarding your application, or if you take our SOS Service, we can take over the application for you and communicate with the Danish Authority on your behalf. Add documents to your file and arrange your ceremony for you once you have the approval.
If you take our SOS service we will be able to put your application on hold for you, and when the Town Halls are back open again we can easily rebook you a date as we have direct contact with the Town Halls and the Agency of Family Law. Or we can easily move your file to an alternative Kommune that has a date to suit as we are the only Agency that work with every Town Hall in Denmark.
For couples that have not yet made their application
The Agency of family Law will remain open during this time in some capacity. They do have a dedicated email line open for agencies to get in touch regarding couples and this will remain open. Applications can continue to be made and we expect the approval time to remain the same. However please note that ceremony appointments can not be confirmed until the town halls re-open. We can still get your application and file underway with our Everything service
How can we help
Marriages will hopefully open up again in an expected 2-3 weeks at this point everything will be running back to usual - well this is the optimistic word from the Danish Prime Minister on March 30th, but whether that is going to happen, or whether this will be the same for every country noone knows or can possibly predict at this time.
If you were considering in marrying this Summer then we encourage you to start the process as soon as you feel comfortable. This way we can get your application in, have an approval and then book your appointment once the town halls open again. We expect a BIG rush once the town halls re-open, so we advise you to get the necessary documentation arranged and sent off before this happens.
If you have already applied and you are waiting or your approval then please select our SOS Service. With this we can take over your case during this shut down period and ensure that you get your approval.
If you are due to marry in Copenhagen City Hall before the end of April and you have a short dated VISA, are pregnant, or have a Terminal Illness we could potentially have your ceremony still going ahead, please contact us and it is on a case by case basis at the City Halls discretion - and strictly only for couples already with a ceremony booked into City Hall during lockdown and are actually already in Denmark - as marrying is not a recognised emergency reason for travel during lockdown. We do advise if you have short dated VISAs, permits or Schengen stays that are risking going over that you contact your Embassies or immigration offices.
The actions that the Danish Authorities have taken are strong yet necessary. Even though it is causing a lot of stress and anxiety for a lot of couples, and for this we are truly empathetic to. They doing what they feel best and what is best to keep everyone healthy, and couples well beings and wedding plans is of paramount importance. It is due to the worldwide nature a necessary inconvenience to take this step.
The Danish wedding industry is one of equality, love, support and an industry that has helped so many wonderful couples that are married and live all over the world today.
This is a situation that is unavoidable as we see so many countries all over the world take steps to ensure the safety of their citizens and their visitors.
We can help you with the wedding and alleviate the stress.