Hello again! You may have noticed I have been a little quiet on my blog for a while. It is due to the arrival of my daughter Rose. It has been wonderful time and I have enjoyed taking time on focusing to get to know her. Family is incredibly important as you most likely know, seeing as you are planning your wedding.
Now I am super excited to restart, energised, and tell you all about what you need to know for your German Destination Wedding. How to become someone's "Frau" or "Mann".
First things first: The church and state are completely separated in Germany. To legalise your wedding in Germany a civil ceremony at the registration office, called the "Standesamt", is required. Therefore, lots of couples decide to have a wedding at the location of their choice, such as a castle/ on top of a Bavarian Mountain/ in the depth of the Black Forrest..., after the legal wedding has been completed. That day is usually considered the actual wedding day, where all the family and friends are invited to join.
As an EU citizen it is fairly easy to legally marry in Germany with the main limitation being- you have to have resided in in Germany for 21 days prior to your wedding, as you have to hand in your marriage notice. Please keep in mind in some areas there is a 6 weeks waiting period.
As a non EU citizen it can be a lot harder to legally marry in Germany and we therefore recommend a symbolic marriage and wedding celebration.
Both partners must be able to speak fluent German. If you don't, no need to worry! You can hire a local translator to be present at your wedding.
As with most weddings you will need 2+ witnesses to be present at the ceremony that must be 18 or over and who's names have to be given to the registrar at least 8 days prior to your wedding.
What paperwork do you have to bring for your Wedding in Germany?
If you have any further questions on how to get married or would like help planning your German Destination wedding, please feel free to get in touch.