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How to Get Married in Barcelona

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

Barcelona, the heart of Catalonia, is a city known for its rich culture, stunning architecture, and vibrant life. It's no wonder that many couples from around the world choose this beautiful city as the place to tie the knot. However, getting married in Barcelona involves navigating through some legal procedures and requirements. Here's a guide to help you understand the process.



Firstly, it's important to note that to get married in Catalonia, you must be of legal age or over 16 years of age and be emancipated. If nothing has been agreed otherwise, the applicable financial system is the separation of property regime: each spouse owns and manages his or her property, both those held before marriage and those acquired during the marriage, and each spouse is liable for his or her debts.


Before getting married, certain procedures must be handled. You need to initiate the paperwork, which includes marriage and capacity to enter into marriage files. The requirements and necessary documents can be consulted at the civil register of the municipality in which either of the parties lives. The paperwork procedure is free of charge and an appointment is required. The marriage file can also be handled at a notary public's office in the municipality where they live.


Once the file has been handled, you must contact the person you wish to preside over your marriage, which can be the head of the Civil Register, a Justice of the Peace, the mayor of the town where you wish to hold the wedding, or a notary public. The wedding must be held within a maximum of one year from the initiation of the marriage file. It can be held at the civil register, town council, or a notary public's office in any town.


During the wedding, the individuals getting married must be accompanied by two witnesses who will sign the marriage certificate. They must be of legal age and present their ID cards.


Once married, the head of the civil register of the place where the wedding took place will register the marriage.


However, it's important to note that non-residents cannot legally get married in Spain. This includes Barcelona. This is due to the requirement that at least one of the parties must have been a resident in Spain for the previous two years. Therefore, many international couples opt for a symbolic ceremony in Barcelona, followed by a legal ceremony in their home country.


Despite the legal restrictions, Barcelona remains a popular destination for symbolic weddings and elopements. The city offers a variety of stunning venues, from historic buildings to beautiful parks and beaches. Whether you're planning a large celebration or a small, intimate gathering, Barcelona has something to offer every couple.


In conclusion, while getting legally married in Barcelona as a non-resident can be challenging, the city's beauty and charm make it an ideal location for a symbolic ceremony or a romantic elopement. With careful planning and understanding of the legal requirements, you can have a memorable wedding in one of the world's most beautiful cities.


Please note that this article is based on the information available as of June 2023 and the regulations may have changed since then. Always consult with a legal professional or the local authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


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