The requirements to get married in Denmark changed on 1 January 2019. After a very problematic start the system is now on track and Denmark remains the simplest and quickest place for international couples to marry. The main effects of the changes are that the procedure is;

  • a little more complex – both the process and the documentation are slightly more involved, but nothing that worries us, and nothing compared to the process in other countries.
  • a little more expensive – fees to the government for international marriages doubled. So we now need you to pay a €250 initial fee, which is non refundable, for the initial booking. Of this about €221 goes straight to the authorities for the processing and approval of your documentation.
  • a little slower – it should now take 5 days to get approval (from receipt of your documents) to confirming your wedding date. But it is still sometimes taking longer than that, so please give us as much time as you can.

There are still some grey areas with the new requirements. So we would prefer you to contact us telling us who who you are, where you are from, and your circumstances. Then we can give you detailed personal advice. But in general terms you will need;

  • The 2019 Application form – we’ll send you a copy of this form (or a questionnaire to help us fill it out for you) to fill out and sign.
  • A Power of Attorney – we’ll send you this too. It just means that you say it is OK for us to organise the wedding for you.
  • Passport or EU ID.
  • Visa
  • Civil status certificate  – this is the trickiest bit and we will advise you what to do based on your circumstances. We are well aware that for many it is impossible to obtain such a document and will help you with the right solution.
  • Final divorce decree or death certificate – if either of you is divorced or widowed then the original certificate of divorce or death certificate. YOU MUST HAVE AN ORIGINAL DOCUMENT ISSUED BY THE COURT – NOT A COPY.
  • You may also be required to provide extra information if you have children together, or are living together.
  • You will also need to fill out DIW Booking form to help us get everything exactly right – we’ll email one to you.
  • …and we will need the €250 deposit so we can file your documentation with the central authority and book you wedding.

As soon as we have received your documents, we will:

  • check them thoroughly. We have planned over 2700 weddings since 2008 so have more experience than anyone with international wedding paperwork.
  • have them approved by the central authorities so you can be certain everything is in order.
  • when (and only when) we are sure everything is in order,
    • confirm your preferred wedding date in writing,
    • advise you on whether apostille or legalisation of your marriage certificate is advisable
  • remind you to bring your original documents with you when you come.

After the ceremony:

  • you immediately receive your marriage certificate in 5 languages – English, Danish, German, French and Spanish.
  • we can also arrange for an apostille from the Danish Foreign Ministry or full legalisation through the appropriate embassy if needed.

GDPR. We take document security seriously. We believe we comply with the requirements of GDPR and we do not hold or share any of your details or documents other than for the direct requirements of the marriage. We delete and destroy details as soon as is practicable after the wedding. Any details we do have are held on GDPR compliant systems (E-conomic, Hotjar, Mailchimp, TrustPilot)

Contact us at, but do not send documents yet until we have advised you on which ones are needed, and how to send them

Postal address: Danish Island Weddings,  Torvet 5, DK-5970 Ærøskøbing, Denmark

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