Getting Legally Married in Venice for foreigners

Getting Legally Married in Venice for foreigners

Besides Planners, we have been legal consultants for the Italian foreign offices! This experience allowed us to gain deep expertise in foreign affairs.

If you are planning a civil ceremony for a legal marriage in the town of Venice, we suggest you to keep an eye on the following tips.

First, as your wedding planner in Venice, we will check the slot availability for your civil marriage.

We will book your wedding date through a system since the Venice administration does not use the phone, so we have to either go in person or use their system.

Then, we will provide you the link for the online contact form provided by the town hall of Venice.

In regards to the requirements to get legally married in Venice

The appointment for the civil wedding celebration must be agreed upon quite in advance by the officials of the Venice Municipality.

The presence of two witnesses with valid identity documents is required as the assistance of an interpreter if the spouses do not understand the Italian language.

Residents spouses (even one spouse)

Please note that notice of marriage is required if at least one of the spouses resides in Italy, although the spouse has foreign citizenship.

The notice of marriage lasts 11 consecutive days. 

Once the notice expires, you can get married in Venice even though the notice was published in another town hall (the one where one of the spouses has the residency).

Foreign citizens:

Citizens of Austria, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, Moldova, and Luxembourg can provide the certificate of marriage capacity issued in the application of the Munich Convention.

This certificate does not need any legalization or translation so you can send it to your wedding planners, and they will proceed to inquire the Municipality of Venice to get you officially married.

American and Australian citizens must produce the marriage affidavit (to be legalized in the competent Prefettura) issued respectively at the US or Australian Consulate in Italy and the so-called atto notorio issued in an Italian Consulate abroad or in an Italian Court in Italy.

As your wedding planner in Italy, we can assist you both with atto notorio and booking the most available consulate for your affidavit and take care consequently of the legalization of the signature of the US/Australian Consul placed on the affidavit.

For the other Conventions applicable to your specific case, we suggest you read our articles about getting married in Italy for foreigners and marriage requirements for foreigners.

A couple leaving the dock of the Marriot in Venice on a boat.

Place of celebration

Civil marriage is celebrated in the town hall of Venice.

There are several places where you can celebrate your marriage or union.

So let’s see which are the beautiful options the town hall offers!

Palazzo Cavalli

The historic Palazzo Cavalli is located in one of the most picturesque areas of Venice, overlooking the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge. It is a landmark 16th-century, three-story Renaissance-style building whose façade is characterized by a sequence of stone corbels above the basement, supporting the two noble floors with four-mullioned and single-mullioned windows. You can discover an excellent room with stucco work from the 1700s. Named after the Cavalli family who lived there, it was also home to American novelist James Fenimore Cooper and art scholar Aldo Ravà, who set up the palace in typical 18th-century Venetian style, with original paintings, furniture, and ceramics.
The largest one is brightly lit, with a whole wall of large windows looking out over the Grand Canal, enjoying a panoramic, decidedly privileged view. One can also admire a prestigious painting, “Le nozze D’oro” from 1909. The painting, an oil on canvas measuring 120 cm by 207 cm, is a work by the famous Venetian artist Luigi Nono (1850 – 1918).

Sala Cuoi d’oro di Venezia

The majestic palace known as Ca’ Vendramin Calergi is a splendid building with a garden overlooking the Grand Canal, known and often cited in literature since the sixteenth century as “Non-nobis Domine” because of the inscription in Roman capitals that runs along the ground floor of the facade.
The palace is rich in history and has been an integral part of Venetian civilization and history for over five hundred years, recording the presence of valuable paintings and furnishings left at Ca’ Vendramin Calergi by the nobles who have inhabited it over time.
Sala Cuoi d’Oro is a splendid location dedicated explicitly to celebrating weddings or the establishment of civil unions and if desired, the ceremony can also be held in the palace’s inner garden.

Sala Consiglio Municipio di Favaro Veneto

The City of Venice provides the Favaro Veneto Municipal Council Chamber, located on the 1st floor of City Hall, for the newlyweds.
The Municipality of Favaro Veneto is one of the six districts of the Municipality of Venice and corresponds to the former District No. 10. Like the others, it was established under Article 22 of the Statute of the Municipality of Venice “to represent their respective communities, look after their interests and promote their development.”

Sala Palazzo Persico di Malamocco

The City of Venice, in a beautiful location in the historic village of Malamocco, makes Palazzo Persico available to couples to celebrate weddings and establish civil unions.
Palazzo Persico, also known as Palazzo Pretorio, is a historic 14th-century Venetian Gothic-style building located in the heart of the village of Malamocco on the island of Lido di Venezia.
The main floor of the building hosts the Hall for the celebration of weddings and civil unions.
The Hall is set up with furnishings in shades of pink and gold.

Other legal informations

Property regime

Suppose the spouses do not declare to the Registrar to choose the property regime to separate assets at the marriage. In that case, the “community of assets” property regime is automatically established. The spouses with public deed (at a Notary) can, at any time, stipulate marriage agreements.


When celebrating the marriage, the spouses can also declare that they recognize any natural children from their union.


Immediately after celebrating the civil marriage, the Civil Status Office can issue the marriage certificates. In addition, for foreign couples, depending on the Convention applicable, a multilingual certificate could be released by the official (e.g., Convention of Vienna). 

In Venice, the updated personal certificates could be available two days after the wedding celebration. 

As your wedding planner in Venice, we will mail it to you.

Who will be your Counselor and Planners?

Law firm for marriage in Italy.

Due to our experience in law firms and the foreign offices of the Italian public administration, we gained significant expertise in Consular affairs, and we are trained to solve the most complicated procedure such as:

1) Nulla osta process, legalization procedure, Court hearings for the refusal of the town hall when there documents missing , legal translation, apostille procedure, emergency procedure for legalization.

2) Same-sex couples that want to celebrate a civil union in Italy as in their country the union is forbidden;

3) Couples that come from countries where divorce is not allowed;

4) Italians living abroad registered at AIRE that need to recover their document to start the marriage banns in the Italian Consulate;

5) Assistance with people that come from countries that do not release the nulla osta;

6) American and Australian couples who needs assistance with “atto notorio” in an Italian Court or the Italian Consulate in the USA or Australia.

7) People with refugee status who have requested asylum in Italy.

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