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I am a bride from the UK – what do I need to do to get married in Portugal?

The quickest way to start planning your wedding in Portugal is to contact the Portuguese civil registration office closest to the place where you would like to wed. This is the easiest way to not only assure that you meet all the local requirements for the ceremony to go ahead, but to also be informed about the documents that are necessary to initiate the wedding process. In terms of documentation, you will generally need the following:

  • If you are a temporary resident in Portugal or a visitor, you must present a valid passport
  • If you are a British National residing permanently in Portugal, you must present a residence certificate, as well as a valid passport
  • You must present a full birth certificate issued in the previous 6 months and apostillised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Legalisation Office
  • You must also present a Certificate of No Impediment

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