Getting Married Abroad FAQs

No you do not. You are absolutely able to do everything on your own and under your own steam if you want, and go direct to The Danish Family Court for the application (Familierethuset). But it can be very difficult, long winded and fraught with delays and hold ups, and who wants stress and administration with their wedding day?

We will do the official part for you with The Danish Family Court for the application and organise and book the wedding ceremony and registry office for you.

In order to keep the process and experience simple, we do not offer set specific packages, as people have different budgets, timeframes and requirements. But we do work with vendors and suppliers in each location and can offer you information and contact details for most things that you may require. We do like to keep it easy so you can getting married exactly what you want - rather than what we think you want.

The cheapest way to marry abroad is to be happy to do part of the administration yourself and make the government fee to Denmark directly - this would mean you are getting married in Denmark, and with our Bronze service the fee is only 699 Euro.

We help and support you do everything, but it is a partnership between us and you, more than a full service and management of your wedding.

You can still get married anywhere in Denmark, including a wedding on the Danish Islands, Jutland, near the Danish border or getting married in Copenhagen City Hall.

For a registry office/city hall wedding, the cheapest possible total cost is in Denmark and is 699 Euro (Bronze service).

This will include everything. There are no hidden extras; everything includes taxes and two copies of the international marriage certificate (in Danish, German, English, French & Spanish).

The only other costs you need to factor in are your personal costs of hotel, travel, wedding photographer - if you want them. If you want one of them, please get in touch with us.

We believe Denmark is the best place to get married in the world. This is because Denmark is accepting of all forms of love, low cost, easy - yet stylish, and is legally recognised worldwide with minimal paperwork and documents and no lengthy residency requirements.

For Denmark, from when the application is submitted, in some situations the government can issue approval in five working days, and once issued you can immediately book a ceremony. So we can proceed as quickly as you can get us the documents, as we are FAST.

If you are flexible on location, you can marry just a few days ahead, and we have helped couples marry in under ten days from application to ceremony. Please note this is situation dependant, and also dependant on the government office processing time.

A registry office wedding is a ten minute verbal civil ceremony that goes with the paperwork part, and you need to have both of these to be legally married. You will be asked short questions and asked to confirm you would like to be married.

You will receive the marriage certificates straight after your ceremony. If you wish to have them legalized, this takes longer, but we usually have them back to you by courier within four to five days after we receive them.

 

This varies from city hall to city hall. However, generally, in Denmark, you will need to be there same day presentation.

Please note that some Danish venues will accept the same-day presentation. Please contact us for more information.

 

Your international marriage certificates issued in Denmark are legally recognized worldwide, but for some government or immigration purposes, you may need the further optional maximum level of legalization available on any document.

The apostille stamp is verification of authenticity by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, some countries outside of the EU, the USA, Canada, Australia may require this, we always recommend that you check with the offices where you are using the certificate to be certain. In all cases, we can help with this. It is likely to be required if you live in Germany, or if you are NON-EU.

In Denmark you can not change your name on the day (unless you are Danish), but once you register the marriage in your place of nationality and/or residence you can change it then with your certificate. You can only change your name on your wedding day if you are Danish in Denmark. But it is really easy to change your name and register the wedding when you return home, just check with the office of "Births Deaths and Marriages" or with your Embassy if you are living somewhere other than your home country.

The ceremonies are short. Registry office ceremonies that a registrar conducts will last about ten minutes. Usually, there are some words spoken by the registrar, maybe a poem, then the legal vows are exchanged (you can write your own vows too) and then the signing of the registrar. All locations have beautiful ceremony rooms where the wedding will take place. Couples are marrying for varying reasons. Some couples will marry in jeans and t-shirts, some in traditional clothes and others in tuxedos and wedding dresses, it is completely up to you.

 

We advise all our couples to start the process as soon as they have a date in mind.

Denmark, your ‘permission to marry’ or "Certificate of Marital Status" issued from the Familieretshuset office (which is The Danish Family Court) will be valid for four months (visa depending) from the date of approval and you will have to marry in that time.

We can start the process and get your file together before hand and then submit the application 4 months before - to give you greater chance of getting a specific date if you have one in mind, especially Copenhagen City Hall on a Saturday.

It is a legal requirement that two witnesses attend every wedding ceremony in Denmark, these can be family or friends, or they can be arranged with the city hall. In Denmark, witnesses are always organized for you if you need them in any City Hall for a weekday ceremony - there is no extra charge for witnesses on a weekday.

Certain City Halls will require you to bring one or two witnesses for a Saturday (Not places like Copenhagen City Hall or Aeroe though, these are always provided for you at no extra charge).

It depends on your individual situation, but you do not need many. You no longer need a Marital Status document nor your birth certificate.
You need - Passports or EU ID. Residency permit if you are living in a country that is not your home country. VISA for entry into Denmark.

It is advised that you contact us for a free no obligation documents list on info@weddingplannerdenmark.com, as dependant on your situation you may need to write a relationship document (which we guide and support you through writing).

We help you with the application form and do it all for you if you take one of our service.

We work very quickly and are expert wedding planners in Denmark for every situation and circumstance. You can marry in as little as two days after your file is approved.

In certain circumstances we are able to marry you in under two weeks from when you have instructed us and sent your documents and your file is complete. We also work with venues that you can turn up, marry and leave the same day.

Yes we do.

As part of our service we issue you with a Power of Attorney to complete, sign and date, and this means we can speak to The Danish Family Court on your behalf. As an agency we have different routes of contact via phone and e-mail. It is notoriously difficult to get through if you are not an agency and can be on hold for hours, so an agency really is worth its value just for that.

With our service we also make the 220 Euro payment to The Danish Family Court on your behalf, so there is absolutely nothing to pay over.

No you do not need a single status certificates for Denmark.

Yes, you most certainly can.

Unlike any other agency, we work with all the City Halls in Denmark, including the ones near the German-Danish border at Flensburg. So we can find you a venue and a date to suit no matter what you want or where. You also have the option of external weddings in places like beaches, lighthouses, gardens (there is an extra cost for this, and you will need to provide your own witnesses).

Places like Aabenraa are only a 35-minute drive from the German border. You also have other places like Tonder, Sonderborg, Ribe, Ejsberg, Haderlev - all really, really close to the German border and under a 1-hour drive. So you can get married in Denmark whilst being a short, convenient distance to Germany.

Some venues offer same-day document presentation and marriage - so you can have breakfast in Germany, lunch in Denmark, and then back home in Germany for a wedding night celebration. As expert wedding planners in Denmark, we can help you with whatever you want and need.

It isn't easy to contact The Danish Family Court as an individual, and during COVID, they have closed all of their phone lines, and communication is purely through e-mail. So if you have made an application yourself direct, you are likely in the dark at the moment, or at best, have received an automated e-mail.

The only way to contact The Danish Family Court office via email is via an agency as we have a different contact route exclusively for agencies. We can help reschedule your wedding in Denmark that has been affected by the Coronavirus lockdown, extend a file, or if not during COVID, if you want anything discussed your file, the venue changed, or problems sorting out.

We can contact the City Halls on the date that they re-open to re-book the canceled ceremonies.

If you are already approved and have had the marriage license issued, and you cannot marry because of Denmark still being on lockdown - once lockdown is lifted, we can have your file reopened and extended. If you have a VISA or permit or passport expires, you will need to obtain a new one and send this scan in to add to your file.

If your file is already in but not approved, you can request the file be put on hold to give you time to exit the Schengen area, or add a newly longer residency permit or VISA to the file and get married at a later date.

When the lockdown is over, if required, we can have your file moved to a City Hall with better availability, and we can do this by contacting The Danish Family Court on your behalf and having the electronic file moved.

If you have made the payment, the application and process are underway. Work on your file has started cancellation. Refunding for anything other than the legalization service (if you have paid for it and not initiated the service yet) is not possible.

If your application is in with us already and you wish to postpone - you must let us know, and we will do this at no extra charge for as long as The Danish Family Court will allow you to be postponed.

With Covid 19 and Coronavirus, we will help at no additional cost for you to rebook your ceremony to date within your license date range or move to City Halls. But if you are unable to marry within the license date range for whatever reason, we are unable to reimburse you, and you will need to speak to your Travel Insurers for recompense.

If you wish to re-book your ceremony in the event of an expired license and move forward with another ceremony, we will not charge you another full fee. Still, there will be a non-profit cost 249 Euro fee to cover the new fee we have to pay to The Danish Family Court and the new file and application work we need to do.

No, it is not possible to get married in a legally binding ceremony on Skype in Denmark. If you want to get married in Denmark, you both need to be present in person.

It is usually possible with the advance agreement of the registrar (via your wedding planner in Denmark) for you to have Skype on during the wedding.  So that guests who are unable to attend in person can at least see you on your wedding day and attend via a Skype call - so they can be present in some form as long as this does not negatively impact the Registrar and the service in time, duration, or ability for the Registrar to deliver the service they need to they are more than happy.

Yes, getting married in Denmark with a tourist visa is possible, as long as you have legal entry into Denmark you can get married in Denmark. We see many types of Tourist Visas, Work Visas, Student Visas, residency permits for EU countries that give you entry into Denmark.

Anyone can get married in Denmark even if you are not a resident or citizen of Denmark - as long as you can enter the country you can have your wedding in Denmark.

Yes, absolutely.

Foreign couples, non Danish residents and citizens, people from all over the world come to Denmark to get married as it is easier to do this and travel to Denmark  and thus avoid bureaucracy and long administrational processes in countries of residence. The marriage certificates are international, legally recognised and issued in five different languages and the weddings are fast, it makes Denmark one of the best countries for a fast and easy wedding in the world.

Yes.

We consider ourselves the best option for international couples and have helped over 4.000 international couples get married in Denmark in legally recognized civil ceremonies worldwide.

Many couples are worried that their situation is complicated, difficult, unusual, unique, complex, and are quite stressed about it. But there is no situation that we have not had, and we help all manner of NON-EU and EU citizens marry that are residents and citizens all over the world. Different decrees from all over the world, different permits, visas, and situations. We are experts in this field and the document requirements for getting married in Denmark.

There has been no situation with a fast turnaround. We have not been able to help, with a fast turnaround,  in less than a month as we have complete faith in our expertise, knowledge, efficiency, and experience.  So we can confidently say that we believe we are the best agency if you are looking at Getting Married in Denmark.

Yes, absolutely.

There is no situation for getting married in Denmark that we consider a complicated situation. We have helped over 4.000 international couples get married in Denmark, and we have processed documents from all over the world for the wedding paperwork and applications.

We see documents, decrees, residency, citizenship, death certificates, permits, VISAs, and situations from all over the world. There is no situation that is too complex, individual, different, complicated, or problematic - we have not had a couple, situation, or citizenship to date that we have not been able to help get married.

We are so confident that we can help all complicated and international couples get married quickly that we do not charge any extra for fast weddings in under a month. So if you want to get married quickly in Denmark, that is all part of the service. We have helped some couples in as little as two days, from the start of the process to the actual wedding day.

The legalisation in Denmark is an apostille which is attached to the original document. The apostille is always in Danish and English and is recognised worldwide.

As Denmark is in the Hague convention it is only the apostille that is needed rather than the full three stage legalisation in non Hague convention country issued documents.

Although the marriage certificates are legally recognised worldwide, the Legalisation is the full, further and maximum level of verification and legalisation that is possible on any document.