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WEDDINGS 2017 - COSTA BLANCA
ALICANTE & VALENCIA REGIONS
RENEWAL OF VOWS
Contact details at the bottom of the page.
Marriage is legal for persons over 18.
Those under 18 may obtain permission if their parents go to Court and sign the necessary papers
Civil Legal Weddings in the Costa Blanca
Most Town Councils in Spain state that to have a marriage here at least one of the couple have to be resident in Spain for 2 years, and at the time of applying to be married, to be resident in the Town where you want to be married.
There are many different rules and by-laws in various towns and these can change regularly. For this reason we always have to obtain the most recent information in the Town where you want your wedding before we can advise you on the procedure, types of venue, and paperwork. The paperwork can take a few months.
A Civil wedding in the Costa Blanca is conducted in Spanish by the Mayor or the Council officer authorised for that Town. In some Towns- an English speaking Officiator is available. Some of them offer a Spanish/English translator.
Two witnesses ( not related) are required.
Some Town Halls state specific buildings or rooms they have for weddings, others will allow them in different venues.
Outdoor Civil legal Weddings in the Costa Blanca
These are allowed in certain Public areas- with permission of the Town Hall and often payment of a fee e.g. You can have your Wedding at Moraira Castle on the sea front
( as seen below) , Santa Pola castle, Denia Castle, and at Xativa Castle near Valencia.
Moraira Castle for Weddings
Other outdoor legal Weddings can be held in any venue, on private premises or land - where the Town Hall agrees.
Civil Legal Weddings in a Hotel, Restaurant or Villa in Spain
In some areas weddings in Hotels, Restaurants & Villas are not approved as yet, so the wedding is held in the Town Hall Registry Office or other designated room.
However, some councils are changing their ideas and rules- so at the time of your enquiry, the up to date information is checked in the area in which you request to be married. Certain Towns now state that you can have a Civil Marriage in a Hotel or other venue on request.
Civil Weddings on a Beach in the Costa Blanca
A few Councils will allow beach legal weddings in this area. Again, rules are changing so we check up to date information for your area of choice.
There are some lovely venues with private beaches in various areas.
Same Sex Civil legal Weddings
Same sex Civil weddings are legal since June 2005- as equal rights for everyone in Spain.
Dec. 13 2007 - UK Civil Partnerships are now recognised in Spain.
None of the Churches in Spain will agree to same-sex weddings, therefore they will only be at Civil Registry Offices or another venue, depending on the Town and what they will allow.
Catholic Weddings in the Costa Blanca
These are allowed if one of you is a practising Catholic and is baptised- you do not have to be registered as living in Spain. There are many beautiful churches, Monasteries or even some Cathedrals here where we can book your wedding.
A pre-wedding ( pre- caņa) course of about 6 hours is required in your own Country or in Spain. If one of the couple is not a Catholic, then dispensation is required from your own Church.
Many of the beautiful Catholic churches as seen here allow you to bring your own Priest. Although you do not have to live here in Spain, some Priests now prefer that you have family living here and they attend the Church.
Those that live here need to have at least one of the couple with a minimum of 2 years registration in Spain.
Documentation for Civil Legal Marriages in Spain
Paper work can be very slow and confusing! Although many articles and websites state up to 6 weeks- we know from experience it can take many months. Bear in mind that some of the Town Halls here close for parts of August and many businesses, including Lawyers, have the whole month of August on holiday.
You can organise the paperwork yourselves. Personal application is required. We can assist you.
Documentation for Catholic Marriages in Spain
Catholic marriage documentation can take many months.
Much of the paperwork is as above, but your own Priest and church will advise of their procedure and we can assist. Visit your own Parish Priest at least 9 months prior to your date. You need to complete a pre- marriage course in your own Country or here in Spain.
All the documents are sent to the Archbishops' office covering the area in which you want to be married.
NON LEGAL WEDDINGS
Wedding Blessings or Symbolic Weddings in the Costa Blanca
A much easier and less expensive alternative to being married legally in Spain is for the
couple to have a wedding in their own Country, or another destination.
If you are British -you may have a visit to Gibraltar to be legally married.
Afterwards you then have a full 'white' wedding ceremony and reception here in the Costa Blanca. The ceremony can be very similar to a real legal wedding- guests would not know the difference. The ceremony may be Religious or Humanist non- Religious.
For non - religious ceremonies see
Wedding Blessings in Churches in the Costa Blanca
Catholic Church 'Blessings' are not normally allowed as in any Country.
The Anglican Church Priests may agree but state -
"A legal wedding here or in the couple's own country can be followed by a wedding blessing, normally in one of our 8 churches. The second event should follow the first, as soon as is conveniently possible. It is not possible to hold a wedding blessing for a marriage which has already taken place in church.
Those eligible for a wedding blessing will include at least one of the couple being resident here; or at least one of their parents. We are unable to provide this service for those with holiday homes, or parents with a holiday home, or for visitors just for the occasion. Whilst a prior divorce is not necessarily an impediment, we cannot perform a blessing for those unable to marry again in another Christian denomination; nor are we merely an English-speaking Church for those who are not Anglican."
Other types of churches vary on their stance and have to be consulted at the time.
Wedding Ceremonies in Private Villas, Hotels,Castles, etc
Not a problem, no regulations- a local Minister, Humanist or other suitable person may conduct the ceremony.
For a religious ceremony, couples must provide a photocopy of their marriage certificate on first meeting with the Minister. They must have been married legally prior to the blessing ceremony.
For a Humanist non religious Ceremony- the couples can be legally married before or after their ceremony - and there is no time frame.
Symbolic Weddings on a beach in the Costa Blanca
Certain areas will allow a ceremony on a beach , and there are lovely private beaches that may be used - such as those belonging to a Hotel or in front of a Restaurant.
Ceremonies in an inflatable church
If you have spacious grounds why not make your blessing the most spectacular event! Hire the amazing inflatable church. The attention to detail is heavenly - complete with plastic "stained glass" windows and airbrush artwork which replicates the traditional church.
Inside the church has an inflatable organ, altar, pulpit, pews, candles and a gold cross. Even the doors are flanked by air-filled angels. Set up in just two hours- and dismantled in less than one hour. No problem with high heeled shoes either.
Same Sex Symbolic Weddings or Blessings in the Costa Blanca
Following a legal Civil marriage in Spain or a Civil Partnership in another country we can
arrange a Blessing ceremony- personalised to be as you want - religious or humanist and romantic. See www.PinkSpain.com
HUMANIST NON RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES
A Humanist wedding ceremony is non- religious, and is written especially to focus on the couple themselves; it is very personal and romantic, and can include any children and family.
Humanist weddings in the Costa Blanca may be held in any venue - a Villa, Hotel, Restaurant, or even on a boat- no documentation is required. The ceremony can be similar to a real wedding if required-exchange vows, rings and sign a certificate.
These are for any couple who wish to show their love and commitment to each other prior to their legal wedding, or if for some reason they cannot be legally married.
If you require - the ceremony can be very similar to a real legal wedding- guests would not know the difference.
RENEWAL OF VOWS IN THE COSTA BLANCA
If you have a special Anniversary or would like a day to remember, why not celebrate with a renewal of vows ceremony in the Costa Blanca. It can be just like a real wedding all over again. Religious, or non religious - choose your own vows if you want.
Contact us for more details....
Call 00 34 - 96 649 33 70 -09.30hrs to 019.30 hrs Monday to Friday.
or 00 34 - 619 733 198- mobile for urgent enquiries
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