…is easy peasy. No, seriously. I heard of it from a couple of friends but I didn’t expect it to be that easy indeed.
Well, first of all, a well-known fact, Denmark marries everyone. I mean EVERYONE. And it wants just a few papers from you (later more on that). When a friend of mine heard that I and Andrew got engaged, she went ‘DENMAAARK’! She was throwing one argument after another trying to convince me that Denmark would be the best solution; that it’s the best way to get married for international couples (in our case he’s British, I’m Russian and when the whole thing was happening I was living in Germany on a student visa). But I kind of didn’t pay much attention, because I was pretty much certain that I’d apply for a UK fiance visa and then we would get married within half a year, and I would change my visa to a spouse one, and it will be smooth and easy… But this thought lasted until I got to know that in the case of this scenario we would have to pay £1500 for the fiance visa application (and collect all the paperwork), and then ANOTHER £1500 to re-apply for a spouse visa (and collect all the paperwork again). So we decided that if we were to spend extra £1500 anyway, we’d rather spend them on a nice weekend in Copenhagen and get some nice memories rather than handling a check to a bureaucrat.
So, if you two are over 18 (of whatever nationality or sex), you can get married in Denmark. You can do it anywhere, but we tied the knot in the City Hall of Copenhagen. It is believed that this spot has the longest waiting list, but we got our appointment within a month. But in winter, maybe that’s why it was kind of faster. I would guess that summer weddings are slightly more popular, I’d advice to apply a little bit more in advance then. Anyway, here are our steps for the wedding in the Radhaus of Danish Capital.
You need to go on their website and check information up to date. Here’s one and only link (watch out: there are many agencies which will offer to ‘organise’ a wedding for you for an extra fee, but, to be honest, there’s nothing to be organised. A total rip off in my opinion: you will have to collect the very same package of documents yourself anyway).
Unlike UK or Germany, Denmark is totally cool bureaucracy-wise. You will need just these papers:
- your passports,
- if one of you is a non-EU, then you will also need to have a valid Schengen visa or a residency of any type,
- marital status certificate (divorced/non-married/etc) translated into English, German or Danish,
- filled in and signed marriage form,
- and a confirmation of a registration fee paid (about €120 in December 2017).
Tadaa, that’s it:)
When you email all the necessary scans, you shall receive a few emails with confirmation. They say that waiting times for a date confirmation might be up to four weeks but don’t hesitate to CALL them! We were waiting quite patiently until there was just one month before the supposed wedding day and we had not been contacted, that just felt wrong. They have funny working hours and you will have to wait for a while, but do call. In our case, it turned out that our papers were lost/forgotten/whateverreasonelse… The lady on the phone apologised about 1003 times and promised to handle our case asap. And she did. One hour later we got an email confirming our date and time. The rest is relatively easy: book the hotel, get your flights and prepare for the shortest and cutest wedding ceremony in the world:)
A little bit of extra information about this marital status papers. Divorce papers sound pretty much straightforward but how to get a paper stating that you’re single? A bit weird, isn’t it? You don’t get a diploma saying that you have no degree, so how to get something like this? In my case, I had the joy of going to the Russian embassy in Berlin (very early in the morning, of course) and getting the paper done with the second attempt (first time I arrived too late and there were no spots at the notary left). I pretty much wrote down on an A4 paper that I had never been married and was not married at the time. A few hours later a grumpy man behind the window put a stamp on it, I paid the fee (about €10) and went right away to a translator. I saw an ad in the embassy and the lady on the phone told me that they were doing these kinds of translations. A few days and €35 later I got that weird paper:)
Please note that you will have to bring ALL those papers with you: one day before the wedding (the latest) you need to show up at the Radhaus (in the morning) and handle all the originals of the papers you had to send by email to the ladies in the reception. In an hour or so you can pick them up and your ceremony will be approved!
You might need one for your wedding certificate. What’s that, well, google it, but in short, it’s an official stamp which is being put on your document to certify that the paper is legal in the countries of the Hague convention. If you have ever applied for any residential kind of visas you might already have a few of those on your diplomas or birth certificates. Anyhoo, if you don’t live in Denmark and come there just for a wedding, I’d advise you do get that done. How? Easy.
- You might go to the Ministry of Foreign affairs right after the wedding and get your wedding certificate apostilled (but it closes at noon).
- But if you don’t want to deal with bureaucracy on your wedding day or, simply like us, you won’t have enough time, Danish are awesome and they made it possible online. Yep, that’s right: you go online, pay for the thing, send your certificate to the Ministry and receive it back with an apostille by post within two weeks. Cool, huh?
Here’s the link
Congratulations and good luck! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comment section <3
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