Paperwork Requirements for Irish Citizens

Paperwork Requirements for Irish Citizens:

FAQ – Paperwork Requirements for a Civil Wedding in Italy

What steps do we need to take?

In order to get married in Italy, Irish citizens must obtain a so called “Nulla Osta” (authorization) from the Embassy of Ireland to Italy.  (The Nulla Osta is issued in Italian, and the Embassy arranges for it to be sent to the Italian postal address supplied by the applicant.)

Where to submit the application?

The applicants must submit their application directly to their nearest Irish Embassy/ Consulate; the postal address will be on the top of the printed application form. Once the various forms have been completed and the accompanying documentation has been prepared, the complete application should be sent to the address supplied on the form, in the country of residence of the couple marrying.

What else do we need?

To get married in Italy you need to get the “Certificat de Coutume” (certificate stating that you are free to marry) for marriage abroad. To get it you need to bring all the following documents to the DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS in Dublin. They will check them and, if everything is ok, they will send an e-mail to the Irish Embassy in Rome that will issue the Nulla Osta. (Please note: At the Department of Foreign affairs you have to pay the cost of the Nulla Osta which varies from year to year, and might be around Euro 30 per person)

Documents required by the department of foreign affairs:

  • MP2A form
  • Birth certificate length form (showing parents’ names)
  • Copy of the passport

As soon as the Nulla Osta is issued, it will be sent directly to the Wedding Hall or one of the coordinators will pick it up. Once in Italy, the Wedding Hall may require a declaration of intent to marry before your marriage, in this case you need to plan your arrival a few days before the ceremony. PLEASE NOTE that Italian law states that at least 300 days must pass before a woman can remarry if she was previously divorced.

Of course your personal wedding planner will assist you with all the necessary paperwork. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us any time at

Requirements for a civil wedding in Italy

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