(Closed) Getting married in another country?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
1619 posts
Bumble bee

Have you researched the requirements for getting married in her home country?  If you follow their requirements then your marriage will be seen as legal in the states.

Just do your research before you make any plans.  Sometimes getting married in foreign countries requires a lot more papework, time that you must be in that country, and such then if you just got married in the states.

Post # 3
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I don’t know about her country but a lot of countries require a visa to get married there!  So definitely look into that.

Post # 4
172 posts
Blushing bee

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mikecl:  is your fiancée a dual citizen (citizen of both the US and the Dominican Republic)? That would change the requirements and process i think as opposed to 2 foreigners getting married in a place where neither has citizenship. Its possible to get married abroad in both scenarios but it’s complicated and involves lots of paperwork domestically and abroad. 

My fiance and I are in a similar boat, ultimately decided it was easier to have the legal marriage documents originate from the US (since it’s where we live and work). And then whenever we visit his home country, we plan to bring our marriage documents to have them recognized in his country that way we are legally married in both places. To us it seemed easier to have our marriage documents originate in the country in where we live as opposed to going through the trouble of getting the US to recognize our marriage abroad.

You can opt to have your wedding abroad and submit your legal documents in the US before or after your wedding. The wedding that you do abroad however will only be symbolic. Which is what we are doing for our destination wedding. 

Post # 5
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

 My ex and I got married in another country for the same reason. It was a legal nightmare, but we did it. Then, when we got divorced, I had another legal nightmare. My advice is to get the legal ceremony done in the US then do a ceremony and wedding party there. 

Post # 7
172 posts
Blushing bee

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mikecl:  good deal. Having the legal ceremony

in the states and the symbolic ceremony abroad seems to be the simplest. That’s the route fiance and I are taking as well 😊. Congrats and good luck!

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