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.