In Spain, there are multiple ways to get married and celebrate your big day. From civil ceremonies to Catholic Church weddings to wedding blessings, there’s a ceremony to suit every couple.
The Catholic Church Ceremony
The Roman Catholic ceremony is the only type of religious ceremony which is legally recognised in Spain. It is a legally binding wedding which cannot be held anywhere outside of a Catholic church or cathedral. Non-residents are able to celebrate a legal Catholic wedding in Spain, if one or both of the couple are Catholic.
A Catholic wedding requires quite a lot of organisation, as most of the paperwork must be completed well in advance with the local Priest. Once the wedding is complete, the local civil registry gets updated with the wedding details and your wedding certificate is produced by the Spanish authorities.
The Civil Ceremony
Under Spanish law, a civil wedding is only legal if one or both of the couple are Spanish residents. Non-Spanish residents must carry out the legal part of their marriage in their home country, prior to the ceremony.
A Spanish civil service can be held at your venue of choice but it must by law be registered at the local civil registry. There are different regulations regarding civil weddings in Spain, for both residents and non-residents, and this varies throughout the regions, so it is important to be aware of this well in advance. The service can be conducted in English but the Spanish Civil code to marriage is in Spanish.
The legal side of the ceremony is carried out in front of the judge in the civil registry but does not take long. You simply agree to abide by the civil code and must sign the required paperwork.
The Wedding Blessing
The wedding blessing is one of the most popular options in Spain, as it provides the most flexibility. Couples are able to choose every detail of their big day without being restricted to a particular time or place. There is also far less paperwork to be completed.
The ceremony itself takes the same shape as a traditional wedding ceremony and can be led by a Church of England vicar, civil non faith celebrant or minister.
The bride and groom can make their wedding blessing a truly personal celebration by designing the content for the ceremony themselves, with the help of the chosen celebrant. Please bear in mind that the wedding blessing is not a legally binding ceremony- the legal side must be completed in your home town.
Whichever wedding ceremony you opt for, Spain’s rustic charm and beauty is guaranteed to provide you with a celebration to remember. To find out more about Spanish wedding ceremonies, or for more information regarding our videography services, please feel free to get in touch and we’d be more than happy to help.