To start with, we wish you all the best for your marriage.
If you are foreign citizens and live abroad, and have decided to marry in Rome â€” either in a parish or in another authorised church, such as one of the cityâ€™s monumental churches â€” the first thing to be done is to go to the parish nearest to where you live so as to ask the parish priest regarding a marriage preparation course: this course will help you to discover and examine in depth the beauty of Christian Marriage.
Your parish priest is that of the territorial parish of the place where you have your home: it is to him that you have to go for information regarding paperwork and bureaucratic procedures. As for the date of your wedding, keep in mind that regarding certain important matters you will need to seek advice from the priest in charge of the church where you wish to get married in Rome, as there are certain periods in which weddings are forbidden here in Rome, for example during Lent.
If you have chosen to get married in one of the monumental churches of the centre of Rome, the parish priest who is looking after the paperwork for marriage will have to sign a certificate of acknowledgement (Â«attestato di presa visioneÂ») that you will have received from a priest in charge of the church where you have decided to get married.
After the marriage course, together with your parish priest you will have to undertake the pre-marriage enquiry, a process â€” which includes gathering the necessary religious documents â€” by which the parish priest, in name of the Church, welcomes and authorises the celebration of your marriage. This pre-marriage equiry is to begin not more than six months before the date of the wedding.
At the end of the pre-marriage equiry, the parish priest will ask your local Bishop to sign the permission for marriage; all the paperwork will then be sent to us either by express courier or given to you for you to deliver it to us (here is a link Where we are to the address and opening times).
Once our office have received the documents â€” either directly from you or from the express courier (and preferably with a scanned copy of the documents having been previously sent by email) â€” we shall proceed to fill out the Final Document called Â«documento quattordiciÂ» (Â«document fourteenÂ») which will be given to you or to a representative of yours in possession of a signed mandate, so that it be taken, before the celebration, to the church where the marriage will take place. Please note that in Italy it is obbligatory to celebrate either a religious marriage with civil effects, or to have the civil marriage before the religious celebration.
For this reason we shall issue the Final Document, Â«documento quattordiciÂ» (Â«document fourteenÂ») only after having received the certificate of your civil marriage (if you are already civilly married) o after having received the Â«Nulla Osta ConsolareÂ» (Consular Permission) from your Consulate here in Rome (if you are celebrating a Â«concordatory marriageÂ», a religious marriage with civil effects).
For further information about the kind of Â«Nulla Osta ConsolareÂ» that the Italian State requires from you in order to celebrate your marriage you can consult the website of the Â«Ministero degli EsteriÂ» (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Here is a link: Go
Only then shall we be able to issue the the Final Document that you or your representative is to take to the church where you are to be married. Often, to avoid the bureaucratic complications of obtaining the Â«Nulla Osta ConsolareÂ» (Consular permission), spouses are advised to get married civilly in their own country and then to send to our office the civil marriage certificate, so as to celebrate only the religious marriage here in Rome. If you have any doubts or problems, do not hesitate to contact your parish priest, who if needed will contact the offices of his own Bishop or our offices for further clarifications, or will direct you directly to us.