Getting married in Spain – Questions & Answers

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Q: My partner and I really want to get married in Spain, but we have heard that there is a lot of “red tape” and paperwork to do this. We are both British nationals, so is this possible?

A: This is possible. If you are planning to formalize your marriage in Spain, you will need:

  • Literal birth certificate. In addition this document must be legalized by their Consulate and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and officially translated into Spanish.
  • Affidavit of civil status. If you are divorced, you must enclose a literal marriage certificate issued by your country of origin.
  • Original and photocopy of the NIE and passport.
  • Application for the celebration for civil marriage from your local Town Hall completed and signed.
  • A certificate from the Town Census showing your address for the last two years.

All documentation must be legally translated into Spanish by a sworn translator.

You must also deliver all of the documentation to the Town Hall in the company of two witnesses who must present a copy and their original ID. These witnesses do not need to be the same ones that come on the day of the wedding.

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