COMING FROM ABROAD?
Choosing to get married at La Costa dei Barbari is simple even for couples coming from abroad. Close assistance from a wedding manager will help you to get through the civil and church paperwork in Italy and to manage relations with the suppliers of the services you require: photography, flowers, wedding cake, music, hair styling, makeup and anything else you may need.
Viareggio is the pearl of the Versilia area of Tuscany. In summer there are the beaches, and in winter there is the Viareggio carnival. A small and traditional (but very lively) town, Viareggio will welcome you with open arms.
Viareggio is an established holiday destination and you will not have to look far to find the right hotel or B&B for you and your guests, ranging from sumptuous all-inclusive hotels to more informal stays in traditional Viareggio homes. The wedding manager at La Costa dei Barbari will advise you and help you with bookings, and everything will be organized in accordance with your wishes.
Organizing the reception down to the smallest detail will be simple. Our wedding manager will coordinate the planning of the reception locally, letting you concentrate on your dream and on making it a reality, down to the smallest detail.
The wedding manager will help you to choose the catering and the decorations at La Costa dei Barbari. You can choose the dishes of the wedding banquet and how the reception room will be decorated, without having to be physically present.
And the wedding manager will be your point of contact and coordination with local providers of additional services. As the spokesperson for your wishes, the wedding manager will organize the floral decorations and the wedding cake, help you to choose professional photographers, hair stylists and beauticians, and handle negotiations with the printer and musicians or DJ.
CELEBRATING THE WEDDING CEREMONY
The civil and/or religious procedures to go through in order to get married in Italy vary from country to country according to the local laws and bureaucracy.
The wedding manager will help you deal with the Civil Registration Office in Viareggio for everything that needs to be done locally for the celebration of the civil wedding, and will be with you when you speak with the priest for organizing the celebration of the Catholic rite.
The twin reefs of language and distance will be no obstacle to having the wedding of your dreams at La Costa dei Barbari.
THE CIVIL CERIMONY
Non-Italians can get married in Italy, with the Italian civil rite or with a religious rite valid for civil purposes, for one of the religions recognized by the State.
Since the conditions for getting married are set by the law of the country of origin, the essential document that a foreigner must obtain in order to get married in Italy is the certificate of no impediment, or “nullaosta”, from the authorities in the country of origin, or equivalent documents issued under specific international agreements or conventions. As the name suggests, the certificate of no impediment must attest that there is no impediment to marriage under the laws of the country of your nationality.
The certificate of no impediment can be issued:
By the embassy or consulate in Italy of the foreign country of origin (the signature must be legalized at an Italian prefecture for those countries that are not members of conventions which are exempt from this step).
By the appropriate authority in the country of origin, if the law of the foreign country allows it (the documents issued abroad must be translated into Italian and legalized by the Italian authority in the foreign country).
The future foreign married couple, if not domiciled or resident in Italy, instead of requesting the publication of the banns, must visit the Civil Registration Office in Viareggio to sign a statement in which they declare that no impediment exists between them of kinship, affinity, adoption or affiliation, or any other impediments to marriage which are provided for by the Italian Civil Code.
Foreign citizens who do not speak Italian must have an interpreter present who is fluent in Italian, both for the declaration of absence of impediments, and also during the celebration of the wedding itself. The interpreter will have to swear before the Civil Registration Office that he or she is providing true and faithful translations. An interpreter is also necessary if the witnesses do not speak Italian.
Under the European convention (except for the United Kingdom and Scandinavian countries) the wedding, once celebrated, is automatically recorded in the respective countries of origin.
For other countries, a multilingual marriage certificate can be requested which enables its recordal in a reasonably short time.
Documents required: Birth certificate, valid passport, certificate of residence, certificate of no impediment issued by your consulate (or embassy), valid identity documents for the witnesses.
IL RITO RELIGIOSO
For a Catholic wedding, the bride and groom must choose a parish in their country of origin where they will attend the premarital course, obtain permission to marry, and obtain publication of the banns.
Once this is done the couple begins the civil procedure, which involves obtaining a certificate of no impediment (nullaosta) and signing a declaration certifying that no impediment to marriage exists.
The parish gives the necessary documents, which are endorsed by the Curia before the handover, together with the civil certificates, to the priest who will celebrate the wedding at La Costa dei Barbari.