Some arrange to celebrate in faraway places like the Far East, the Middle East or some Pacific Island, but quite frankly you cannot beat a wedding in Andalucia, where it is practical to even expect families and friends to attend and floow on to a terrific reception.
Andalucia is probably one of the best locations for weddings abroad and if you happen to be a resident in Spain, then it is even better and more practical. The idea of an Andalucian wedding can conjure up beautiful thoughts of sunshine, blue skies, beaches with expanses of sparkling blue sea and silvery sand, white villages with traditional, classical looking churches and romance.
Bearing in mind that Spain is a Catholic country, getting formally married means formalities and as a foreigner either living on these shores or a foreigner coming over for that special occasion there are certain legalities which need to be adhered to.
The minimum mandatory age for marriages is 18 and there are 2 types of legal ceremonies, civil and religious. Civil marriages are performed by the Judge in charge of the Civil
Registry or by the town’s Mayor. Religious marriages can be of the Catholic, Protestant or Jewish faith but please make sure you register the certificate of marriage with the
Spanish civil registry after the wedding in order to get an official marriage certificate.
There are various documents that will be required and they are as follows:
All documents in a foreign language must be translated into Spanish and authenticated by apostille.
Of course, there are more expedient ways to get hitched Andalucian style. Often couples have the ceremony at home (Registry Office or Church) and then come to Spain either for a church blessing or a celebratory reception.
There are some firms of Wedding Planners who can organise absolutely everything for you. They can of course also help to arrange the actual wedding if it is your preference to
have the whole thing done in Spain.
Alternatively, there is Gibraltar, made famous by John Lennon and Yoko Ono who flew there in a private jet on 20th March 1969, went directly to the British Consulate and were married in a 10-minute ceremony performed by the Registrar. In so doing, you can then follow on with a glorious reception in Spain with all the lovely attributes it has to offer. It is advisable, to book the Registrar several weeks ahead and this can be done by telephone but remember to complete the paperwork in advance as a special license is required for non-residents.
With a bit of forethought and planning your wedding day in Andalucia should go without a hitch making it the day everyone remembers.