When both the Bride and the Groom are British, living in the UK.
Please start planning your documents NO MORE than 6 months before your wedding date if you are resident in the UK, 3 months if you are resident in Scotland.
Step 1: Obtain a certificate of no impediment
You will need to make an appointment at your local town hall/registry office to obtain a certificate of no impediment. The appointment should be NO MORE than 6 months before your wedding date if you are resident in the UK, 3 months if you are resident in Scotland You need to obtain a certificate of no impediment which is issued in the UK. To do this you must give notice of marriage to your local registry office. After your notice has been posted for the required period of time you will be issued with a ‘Certificate of no impediment ‘ signed and dated by your local registrar. The names that you give to the registrar MUST match the names on your passports. Please take your passport with you to the registry office just to be sure.
Step 2: The Statutory declaration
While you are waiting for your certificate of no impediment you should make a statutory declaration before a solicitor or public notary in the UK. Please see the attached document. The declaration is required by the Italian authorities and gives additional information that isn’t given on your certificate of no impediment. The solicitor or notary public will charge a fee for this service so it will be worth shopping around.
Step 3: Legalising the documents for the Italian authorities
When you have your certificate of no impediment and you have made your statutory declaration you will need to send them both to the FCO legalisation office in Milton Keynes to be legalised, this can only be done by post, however an application form is to be filled in before posting the documents. There will be a charge for this, please see the attached information for prices. Please see the attached application form and information about filling this in.
Step 4: Send the documents to Italy
Send to us the documents that have been returned to you from Milton Keynes, along with a photocopy of your and your witness passports.
Step 5: Translation of your certificate of no impediment.
This will be done by lake garda weddings and will be then taken to the Italian law courts on your behalf.
If you live in Italy or any other country outside the UK, or you are not a British national the document procedure will be different, Please contact us for further information.