Post # 1
Hi Girls! <br /><br />I’ll be getting married in Iceland September 6, 2014 (two weeks!) and just found out I missed the 3 week deadline to file the “official” paperwork to have it legally there. We’ll still be having our official ceremony and saying our vows in Iceland, however, I need some creative ideas on doing something in my hometown as far as getting the marriage application and signing it here (which I didn’t want to have to do!!). I think we’ll invite our moms to come with us when we sign it and maybe do dinner, but it won’t be an actual ceremony because we want to save that for Iceland! Any ideas are welcome! <br /><br />Is this pretty customary for destination weddings? To sign the local marriage license and then go off and get “married” at your destination? Help!
Post # 2
What did you end up doing? 🙂 I’m planning an Iceland wedding too for next summer.
Post # 3
I’ve copied and pasted this from a document from my Icelandic wedding planner:
Requirements for getting married in Iceland:
A birth certificate and a valid passport.
A certificate of marital status has to be presented. The certificate must be issued within 8 weeks prior to the ceremony. Some countries do not issue a certificate of marital status. If that has been confirmed, a certificate still needs to be issued by the relevant authorities, confirming that there are no impediments to the planned marriage. In the U.S this kind of paperwork is usually issued at your county clerks office.
An application form from the office of the District Magistrate of Reykjavik has to be filled out and two best people (witnesses, one for each) certifying ability for marriage, must have written their names on the application form in advance or do it in the office. The best people / witnesses must be over 18 years old and their birthday/month/year is needed as well as their signature. The best people / witnesses do not need to be at the wedding, unless you want them there of course! Click HERE to download this document.
Please let us know if either partner is divorced or widowed as additional documents may be needed.
Also please remember to bring ALL originals with you when you come to Iceland, as they will have to be re-checked by the officials on this side.
Timeline for paperwork:
- 8 weeks before wedding – we suggest you mark this date in your calendar.
Get official documents from the relevant authorities.
Once you have them please send scanned copies to me so that I can perform a preliminary check over here.
- 2-3 weeks before wedding
Send all required paperwork to me (including birth certificates) via DHL or other trustworthy forwarder.
Scanned & photocopied copies of the photo page of your passports will do at this point as you will still have to travel
- 5 days before wedding
I am required to have all paperwork approved by this time
- When you arrive in the country
I will need to take your passports to the Magistrate’s for one final approval.
Post # 5
cfortin82: All good 🙂 If you have any questions, I recommend flicking an email to PinkIceland. Sigga is my wedding planner and she’s been a real gem! Ours is an elopement and though we haven’t booked much or planned much, as it’s very simple, she’s been a great help 🙂
Post # 6
sweepmeup: if I may ask, how much are they charging you? Is it mostly to help with paperwork? I feel confident about making bookings and things… A little stress about paperwork.
Post # 7
cfortin82: It’s about $1,300USD. I’ll send you a private message with some info (as I don’t think they’ll be happy with me posting all the info on a public forum!)