Marriage in Denmark is probably the quickest and easiest in the EU. But even so couples have many questions and doubts. We at Danish Island Weddings have now helped over 2500 couples from 172 different countries so we have seen most of the issues by now!
The answers to the most asked questions are below – we hope you find the information you are looking for. If you would like us to help you get married in Denmark, on our beautiful island of Aeroe, then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or have a look around our website to find out more.
IS THE MARRIAGE VALID WORLDWIDE?
Absolutely. Within the EU, under the terms of EU resolution 2016-1191, the certificate does not even require an apostille. Outside the EU a few countries such as Canada and UAE still require full legalisation of your Danish marriage certificate. That involves an apostille stamp from the Danish foreign ministry and another stamp from the relevant embassy. But most nonEU countries are signatory to the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention, which means they simply require the apostille. We provide an efficient apostille and legalisation service for couples who require it. There are also one or two countries such as Italy, Switzerland and France, who have their own odd requirements, all of which we have experience of and would be pleased to help you with.
WILL IT BE DIFFERENT FROM 2019? HAVE THE RULES CHANGED?
Not that much. The change is that your documents will be processed by a central unit, instead of by the registrars in each kommune. The main effect is that they may be slower, and will be more expensive. But we have been assured that nothing will change that will seriously affect our couples. We will work hard to give the best service we can however this turns out, and we can make it work.
WHY GET MARRIED IN DENMARK?
Because the Danes are sensible people and see no reason why two consenting adults should have to fight a legal and bureaucratic battle to get married. In Denmark the documentation required is simple and straightforward, there is no requirement for the banns to be read, and the whole thing can happen quickly and easily with no hassle. It is true that it is not as quick and simple as before (for some nationalities – for others, e.g. Americans and Germans, there is no change) but it still much quicker and easier than just about anywhere else.
CAN I CHANGE MY NAME IN DENMARK ON MY WEDDING DAY?
No; unless you are resident in Denmark, you will have to change your name once you return to your country of residence.
CAN ANYONE GET MARRIED IN DENMARK?
We have had couples from all over the world, including some who have had lost documents or other problems. So almost anyone can get married here. The only country which has a problem (and that’s with any marriage overseas, not Denmark in particular) is Laos. Other than that the only real exceptions are asylum-seekers and refugees, who cannot get married here.
ARE THE REQUIREMENTS THE SAME EVERYWHERE IN DENMARK?
Yes; all the documentation is now processed by a central unit.
WHAT IS THE CEREMONY LIKE, AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
It is quick and simple, but at the same time dignified and unhurried, and can be in English or German. (With advance notice we can also offer Spanish, French, and sometimes other languages too. You will stand in front of the registrar or mayor in our beautiful Wedding Room (or other special location) while she conducts the ceremony. You are required to say yes, and you may exchange rings if you would like to. You can also add vows, music or other personal touches. Thereafter you both sign the register. After the witnesses and registrar have signed the final paperwork you are married!
CAN WE GET MARRIED IN THE REGISTRY OFFICE?
No, not usually, with Danish Island Weddings. The registry office is a pleasant enough modern office but it can be busy, you don’t get much time, and it is not the most romantic location. We do not understand why needing to get married quickly or with unusual paperwork means the wedding itself has to be dull and unromantic. So we only offer romantic locations such as the Old Merchants Court. It is perfect for couples on their own eloping, or for small parties. Based on our experience with around 2500 couples it is worth paying a little more to make a day as special as your wedding something to remember!
CAN WE HAVE A CHURCH WEDDING?
Unfortunately not, unless you are Scandinavian.
WHEN DO WE GET THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?
You will get two copies of the certificate immediately. If you wish to register the marriage outside the EU then one certificate should be apostilled (or legalised for some countries such as Canada and UAE). We offer a professional apostille and legalisation countries for couples who need it.
HOW LONG DO WE HAVE TO STAY IF WE BOOK THROUGH DANISH ISLAND WEDDINGS?
You are required to stay one night on the island (although once you have seen Aeroe you may want to stay longer); you must arrive by 1600 the day before your wedding (or 1200 Friday for a Saturday wedding).
CAN WE PAY WITH PAYPAL OR CREDIT CARDS?
Yes. We accept all credit cards online with PayPal (but that is an expensive solution). We also accept Visa and Mastercard in the office for payment the day before the wedding if you wish. But the best (& cheapest) option is to transfer to one of our TransferWise accounts in Germany, USA, Australia or UK.
CAN WE PAY IN CASH?
Yes, if you prefer, you can pay in cash, in euros or Danish kroner. Please be ready to pay when you meet Louise, Yuki or Anna the day before the wedding. Note that we have an ATM in Ærøskøbing by the tourist office (and more elsewhere on the island).
CAN WE USE EUROS ON AEROE?
Yes; even though Denmark still has the Danish kroner, most places accept euro notes (although the exchange rate may not be very good). However, any change is given in Danish kroner. Most places in Denmark now accept Visa.
WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE RATE?
It is usually around 7.44 kroner to the euro. It does not usually vary much but please check online or in the newspaper for the latest rate. But please note we do all our pricing and invoicing in euros.
DO WE NEED TO BRING WITNESSES?
No, it is not necessary as we provide witnesses as part of our service. But if you prefer to bring your own witnesses, that is of course fine.
CAN I GET MARRIED ON A SCHENGEN TOURIST VISA?
Yes, but the visa issue can be complex and we will be happy to discuss your particular circumstances. The simple answer is that you must be here legally!
DOES GETTING MARRIED TO AN EU CITIZEN GIVE ME AUTOMATIC RESIDENCY IN EUROPE?
In general terms, yes it does, but be careful – this is a complicated issue. The 2004 EU Directive on freedom of movement established this principle, but the individual EU countries did not implement the Directive fully. In particular, most countries want to be sure that any marriage is genuine, that the couple will be living together as man and wife, and that they can support themselves financially. None of our couples (as far as we know) has had any serious problems with this so far.
HOW DO I REGISTER THE MARRIAGE AFTERWARDS?
It depends on the country in which you live, but usually you need to take your new wedding certificate to the local authorities where you live. Some countries may want you to contact their embassy in Denmark before the marriage.
CAN GAY COUPLES GET MARRIED IN DENMARK?
Yes – the Danes make absolutely no distinction between straight and gay marriage. But there are some international issues regarding acceptability, and also civil partnerships. We have now moved the information from our www.GayMarriageinDenmark.com website to the LGBT page on this one. It helps us focus on any issues specific to LGBT marriages, and to help us find the LGBT couples who are trying to find us!
WILL BREXIT HAVE ANY EFFECT ON MY WEDDING ON ÆRØ?
Highly unlikely! For UK passport holders it looks as though your UK “EU” passports will be phased out only as they come up for renewal and it is extremely unlikely that you will require a visa to enter Schengen. For EEA Family Reunification visas nothing will happen for ages, if at all.
IS IT TRUE THAT ÆRØ IS DENMARK’S LEADING CENTRE OF “HYGGE” ?
Probably. We on Ærø have been masters of hygge for years – and now suddenly the word has invaded the English-speaking world. DIW and the Merchants Court are the island’s leading exponents of hygge, and the ethos of putting people at ease through a combination of charm, aesthetics, comfort and friendliness is at the heart of all we do.
DANISH ISLAND WEDDINGS HAS HELPED OVER 2400 COUPLES GET MARRIED, AND WE ARE THE LEADING SPECIALIST IN UNUSUAL OR DIFFICULT DOCUMENTATION.
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