How much does a wedding ceremony process cost in Portugal

If you’ve already selected the date and style for your destination wedding, congratulations! This is a time of great joy and, although there are some necessary paperwork and costs associated to a wedding in Portugal, you have nothing to worry about – besides being one of the most special countries in Europe to get married, Portugal offers great prices for destination weddings. Here is everything you need to know about the wedding ceremony process in Portugal and how much it costs.

Legal documents

Note that all expats may only be married in Portugal according to Portuguese law. There are no consular marriages at Embassies or at any of the Consulates in Portugal.

The Portuguese authorities require the following:

  • Valid passport.
  • Both of you must provide copies of your birth certificates that were issued within the last six months. If your wedding is going to take place in the Azores, then the documents may be issued within the last three months.
  • A certificate of no impediment must also be presented. This can be applied for at a consulate. The certificate is valid for three months from the date of issue. If it is obtained in a country outside of Portugal, it should be translated into Portuguese at the corresponding consulate. If your country doesn’t issue one, the embassy or consulate must present a declaration saying just that.
  • For a wedding in a Roman Catholic Church, you have to provide baptismal certificates.

    Once you receive approval, your wedding has to take place within three months.

Fees

Consular fees are payable in Euros for all the services described below. Note that the prices below are estimates based on fees at a British Consulate and at the Portuguese Civil Registry.

  • Certificate of no impediment – 72€
  • Registration of civil partnership – 154€
  • Addition/correction to civil partnership registration – 41€
  • Civil registry authorization – 100€

Previous marriages

If this is not your first marriage, a divorce decree or a death certificate to prove termination of previous marriages, must also be provided. Again, these documents must have been issued within the last six months or within the last three months if you are getting married in the Azores.

Translation

Every document must be in the Portuguese language so you should find a reliable translator, either in Portugal or in your country of origin. Ask the embassy to give you the contact of an official translator.

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