The Legal Side of Getting Married in Spain

Resident in Spain

The legal side of getting married in Spain does vary from Town Hall to Town Hall, but the basic documents remain the same for foreigners that wish to get married in Spain. You will need the following:

  1. An original birth certificate (the "long" version)
  2. Certificate of Residence ("Empadronamiento")
  3. Passport
  4. Certificate of no impediment to Marriage (this can be obtained either from your local registry office or from the Spanish consulate. You will need to check which your particular town hall requires).
  5. If applicable an original divorce certificate (this is the one with the coloured stamp on it).
  6. If applicable an original Marriage certificate
  7. If applicable an original death certificate

All documents that are in English have to have the Hague Apostille Stamp on them

All documents must then be translated into Spanish and presented at the relevant town hall at least 3 months before the planned wedding.

Catholics of any country can be married legally in Spain.

If one of the party is Catholic and the other not, then marriage is still possible with a Dispensation, which must be requested from their Bishop. Neither party can be divorced. Please note the demand for Catholic churches is high so booking must be made well in advance.

Documents required

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Baptismal Certificate
  3. First Communion/Confirmation  Certificate
  4. Freedom to marry Certificate
  5. Marriage Course Certificate

Documents required for civil weddings in Gibraltar For UK citizens

  1. Long version of Birth Certificate
  2. Passport
  3. Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  4. Divorce Certificate – this must be the original with coloured court stamp on it (if applicable)
  5. Death Certificate (if applicable)

For non-UK citizens

Same as above but you will also need a certificate of no impediment to marriage, which is available from the appropriate consulate.

In some cases you may also need a visa. The wedding must be booked in advance and is subject to availability.

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