Post # 1
So my fiance and I are very close to pulling the plug on an elobrate wedding in the city and indstead, eloping in Italy. This is for various reasonings, mainly we would be saving a lot of money, money we plan to use to by a house. We still would be sticking to our intended date, 3/24/2012, that means we still have 6 months notice to let our famlies and friends know that we will not be having a wedding. Aside from that, has anyone here been married abroad? We live in Chicago now, and want to elope in Italy. Are there certain website or town halls in Italy that one could be able to make a reservation at? Anyone know how much preperation/time this would take?
Post # 3
No help, but sounds like a dream. We just returned from our half-Italian honeymoon and it was amazing. Stay away from Milan (too commerical) and Venice (GORGEOUS but expensive!) and more in Emilio-Romania and Tuscany if you want something beautiful and laid-back. We found tons of great food and friendly folks in the little mom-n-pop places and B&B’s, but not many of them that spoke a lot of English. So I guess my one suggestion would be to look for a good English-speaking wedding planner that can help you coordinate everything in the area you’re looking to wed.
Post # 4
We eloped to a different country! Although it was not overseas…
I’d figure out where you want to get married, then look up the laws for that area for foriengers. Where we did it, they had no waiting requirements or residency requirements, but then in France you have to be a resident for 45 days prior.
You’ll have to see what Italy is!
You could always look for Elopements in Italy on various wedding blogs and read the details, such as this one in Tuscany!
In fact SMP has a whole blog decicated to weddings in Italy.
Post # 5
My fiancé is French but we’re having our civil marriage in the US and our wedding in France immediately after because, like Sienna76 said, marriage laws in France are quite complicated. We’d be required to be residents of a commune for at least 45 days prior to getting married and the banns of marriage would have to be posted in city hall for a minimum of 10 days prior as well. Also, it takes about 4-6 weeks for marriage applications to be approved but you can just mail those in from here.
Call the US consulate in Italy or the Italian embassy in Washington, D.C. to find out precisely what documents and forms you’ll need.
Good luck. Italy is beautiful!
Post # 6
Something not quite as romantic as a full wedding but have you considered getting legally married the day or a week beforehand so you don’t have the hassle of getting the paperwork done abroad? It leaves your hands free for an awesome and meaningful ceremony that is nothing less than The wedding for you and your FI. I looked at Italy as a possible wedding destination but the paperwork seemed pretty brutal, just figured this route may make a destination wedding seem less daunting.
Don’t let that put you off though! There are very few countries that are more beautiful and romantic than Italy. Just don’t go to Naples… Florence, Bologna, Aeolian Island, Cinque Terra, The Lakes, gosh I just want to go pack my bag right now!
Post # 7
Hi! We considered Italy before, too….but it seemed that it was the HARDEST European country to get married in if you’re a foreigner….lots and lots of bureaucracy and paperwork! So start your research and preparation really early! Or go to Greece where it’s much easier 😉
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We just returned last weekend from eloping in Italy and it was absolutely perfect! We had a symbolic ceremony so we wouldn’t have to deal with the (really difficult) legal requirements. We went to Positano, which is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, and had our ceremony on the terrace of our hotel overlooking the sea. We ended up working with a wedding planner, but I later found out that our hotel had a planner also. I’m anxiously awaiting photos, so I don’t really have anything to share yet!
Post # 10
Here are the requirements to get legally married in Italy: http://travel.state.gov/law/citizenship/citizenship_754.html
To be legally married there is going to be difficult. One of you definitely needs to speak Italian. Here’s a thread fron Lonely Planet about it: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=1502271′ defer=’defer
Hope this helps. Good luck.