The Marriage laws in Denmark changed on the 1st of January 2019. Now the administration process may seem more complex and daunting for couples. But don’t panic, with our expert help, we can take care of that for you and still make the process easy peasy!

THE
GETTING MARRIED IN DENMARK
GUIDE

 

Welcome, lovely to have you!

 

We at Getting Married in Denmark are very happy you have chosen to visit us. Have a read through our guide and the rest of our website. If at any point you have a question, please do not hesitate to ask through chat or send it through our contact page.

In 2018 alone, we assisted more than 1000 couples and helped organised their wedding in Denmark. We have written the Getting Married in Denmark Guide based on our experiences so that you can get an overview of the individual steps in order to arrange your marriage in Denmark.

THE PROCESS

By clicking each step you can read everything you need to know, some steps include links to subjects that we felt needed more in-depth explanation.


Step 1 - You're thinking about Getting Married in Denmark

 

You’re thinking about Getting Married in Denmark

 

Many of our couples find themselves considering Getting Married in Denmark for many various reasons. It could be that you are avoiding the lengthy administrative processes of your residing country. Or perhaps, you’re having a bigger none legal wedding somewhere exotic and just want to do the legal part quickly and easily. Some of our couples just want to have a super low key wedding by themselves and have heard from friends, Denmark is the place to do it.

 

We agree! The documentation needed is simple, the processing is quick and Denmark is an awesome place to visit. People are friendly, the transport in the country is easy and once you’re here for your ceremony, you’re going to find your trip is wonderfully seamless thanks to our help.

 

You may already be wondering, what it’s like to get married in Denmark as a foreigner? There are so many international people marrying in Copenhagen and other town halls around Denmark, we can help you understand more about what it’s like.

 

A question you might have is, What is a Danish Town hall wedding ceremony like, are Vikings involved? Okay, so we don’t get asked too often if Vikings are involved! But a lot of our couples do ask us what a ceremony here in Denmark is like.

 

Perhaps you are wondering whether you can have a Gay wedding in Denmark. Ofcourse you can! The LGBT community is thriving in Denmark and gay weddings are very welcome.

 

Click on the links above to find out more on these questions we’re often asked.

Step 2 - You've decided you want to Get married in Denmark

 

You’ve decided you want to Get married in Denmark

 

Brilliant, You’ve chosen to marry in Denmark. We’re so happy about that because we know you’re going to have a fantastic time!

 

Hopefully you’ve already talked to one of our advisers, Leanne, Sam or Emma, who’s also getting really excited for you both too. Your adviser has given you the confidence and help you need to take the step. They will be with you all the way through your journey. From helping you find the right town hall, collecting your documents, organising your paperwork, right through to your trip to Denmark, she will be there every step of the way. Your adviser will be there to help.

If there is any type of emergency while you’re in Denmark, like you have lost your luggage or can’t find your restaurant… Your adviser will be there to help.

 

This is especially important if you have been looking for an Express Wedding in Denmark. When you have little time to spare on planning it’s great to have one of our team members there who can quickly walk you through all of the administration, and guide you the all the way through.

 

Step 3 - Deciding what kind of wedding you would like

 

Deciding where in Denmark you would like to marry

 

Getting Married in Copenhagen

Deciding where you would like to get married in Denmark really depends on why you are coming here and where from, your tastes and how much time you have. Are you coming to marry in Denmark because you’re already having a bigger celebration somewhere else? Many of our couples are looking for something quick but stylish which is why Getting Married in Copenhagen is our most popular option because of it’s closeness to the international airport and the wonderful attractions the city has to offer.

Read more: In our Getting Married in Copenhagen Guide

 

Tønder near Germany

Tønder is a lovely traditional Danish town on the boarder of Germany which is more than happy to welcome international couples to marry at their town hall. If you’re living in Germany and would like a location that you can drive to easily from home, then Tønder is the perfect place!

Ærø island wedding

A Ærø island wedding is another possibility, this is an island in the south of Denmark in the Baltic Sea, with its cobbled streets and brightly painted houses. It really is quirky and lovely in its own way and we have many couples having the most wonderful time there, enjoying sandy beaches and beautiful scenery.

Gay Wedding in Denmark

It could be that the current laws of your residing country don’t yet allow gay marriage and you would like to have a Gay Wedding in Denmark. Our gay couples either would like to keep things really low key for safety reasons when they return to their residing country, which is possible again in Copenhagen city hall or sometimes they choose a bigger party with friends and family with our specialty weddings that are outside the town hall but still in Copenhagen.

 

Step 4 -Now it's time to gather the documents required

 

Now it’s time to gather the documents required

 

Once you’ve decided where you would like to go and what type of wedding ceremony you’re looking for, our adviser will have already studied your circumstances and let you know if we can help you arrange your wedding. At this point, your adviser will ask you to make a payment for our Personal Assistant Service so we can start helping you. We will then give you you will give you a detailed list of documentation your adviser will require to start helping you organise your documentation. When your documentation is ready, then we will walk you through the process of application and help with any further request the Danish Administration may have.

 

One of the questions that will have no doubt played most heavy on your mind will be the Getting Married in Denmark Requirements. You will certainly be surprised at how simple we have made the list of documents required for you. Our Company has years of expertise working with documentation from all over the world and we have specialists waiting to research any new problems that arise. If there’s anything you can’t provide, or if there are any problems with your documentation, your adviser will be able to find the best solutions for you and work through any issues.

 

Step 5 - Will your wedding certificate require a legalisation?

 

Will your wedding certificate require a legalisation?

 

Often, couples think that if their wedding certificate is not legalised, then this means that their wedding isn’t legal either. That’s not the case. Your marriage in Denmark is legal worldwide from the moment you sign and are handed your Danish International Wedding Certificate. Having your wedding certificate legalised, usually with apostille legalisation, means that it can be used administratively in another country.

 

Every country has their own laws and processes, in order for them to accept your certificate and use it in their offices administratively, it sometimes needs  Apostille legalisation.

 

We always recommend that you check with the office where you intend to use your certificate as to what legalisation they will require. Often you might find that one isn’t required and if you do find you need it later, you can always choose to use our Apostille service at that time. Read more about our Apostille Service here.

 

Step 6 - Preparing and your journey to Denmark

 

Preparing and your journey to Denmark

 

Waiting for your documents to process could be an unnerving time our team will be there to help you answer any questions the Danish Administration have and guide you.
Now is a great time to start looking at the area you will be staying in Denmark and thinking about what kind of stay and experience you want to have. What kind of hotel or accommodation would you like to experience, where would you like to eat and does it need to fit in with a certain budget?

 

It’s also a great time to start thinking about whether you would like to have wedding flowers on your day and to find a wedding photographer, to help you we have written the two following articles Why Hire A Wedding Photographer and Cannot Afford A Wedding Photographer, What You Can Do

 

If you have an Express wedding and receive a confirmation quickly and within a week or two, it may leave you little time to prepare. Even if you have months to prepare, having a wedding in a different country may seem daunting but our team will always be there to give any advice needed. From places to stay or restaurants to eat at, we’re there to help with any questions and guide you.

 

We never advise that you book anything until you have your wedding confirmation from the government and the date and time you are marrying from the town hall. Once you have this, hopefully you will already feel prepared for your journey and special day thanks to our service. All that is left is to make your accommodation and meal bookings!

 

An important thing to consider when packing for your journey is remembering all the documents that we processed for you with the Danish Administration. It’s really important that these are presented to the town hall marriage office when you arrive in Denmark.  Make sure they are stored in a safe place and carry on luggage so they can’t get lost. Read more about preparing for your journey to Denmark here.

Step 7 - It's time for your wedding ceremony

 

It’s time for your wedding ceremony

 

When you get to Denmark, hopefully you’ll have time to settle into your accommodation and then the first priority is to present your documentation to the town hall. This may be at the Copenhagen City Hall Wedding office or the Ærø wedding office depending which one of our locations you have chosen. This usually needs to be one business day before your ceremony. We can’t emphasise enough how important it is to be there within the opening hours stated in the confirmation we send you.

 

The process is really very easy, from finding your way to the town hall, the staff is already expecting you and the whole process of checking your documents is usually finished within an hour. Once this is finished, you can really relax, enjoy the rest of your day and prepare for your ceremony.

 

A ceremony in Denmark is the same no matter which town hall you’re at. The ceremony can be carried out in Danish, English or German and you can read more about your Danish wedding Ceremony here.

 

Step 8 - Returning home as a married couple

 

Returning home as a married couple

 

Finally you are returning home as a married couple having had a wonderful time in Denmark. Although all our couples had read our great reviews previously, everyone is still surprised at how seamless we make the whole experience. It’s a joy to receive feedback from our couples. We receive all kinds of feedback from wedding snaps and family memories from our couples trip to Denmark to pictures of happy pets on their return and it really brightens our day! Remember, we’re still here after your wedding for any questions or help you might need concerning your marriage certificate or wedding in Denmark.

 

As you married in Denmark, your wedding will be registered here but you need to also register it in the country where you are residing. This can be done usually at your local registry office or government office and we recommend that you do that as soon as possible. If you would like to change your name now that you are married, this also needs to be completed in the country you are residing.

 

WE CAN HELP YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IN ORGANISING YOUR WEDDING IN DENMARK WITH OUR PERSONAL ASSISTANT SERVICE €295 incl. VAT

Our price is pr. couple, there are no hidden costs, unlimited customer service and help with finding accommodation and wedding vendors.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Why should we choose Getting Married in Denmark?

Every town hall in Denmark has different criteria and rules when it comes to what is needed. In addition, every international case is different with individuals sometimes needing to supply different or extra documentation. This can cause delays and sometimes even cancellations.

At Getting Married in Denmark we have organised the weddings of thousands of couples around the world and have years of experience in Documentation requirements as well as working with the town halls in Denmark. We specialise in organising documentation and dealing swiftly with any potential problems that may arise. We work our hardest to make sure you get your ceremony as soon as you want it and the way you want it, without stress.

From the moment you land on our page, we offer constant support. We’re always available to talk, either through chat, email or phone and we always respond to you quickly, keeping you fully informed. We’re also very happy to help you with your stay in Denmark, offering lots of advice on venues, vendors and places to stay.

Some companies may add charges at a later stage of their service, or there may be hidden costs but we believe everything should be clear from the beginning. We don’t have any hidden costs in our Personal Assistant Service. As we are a service for people who want to pay less and make the application themselves, the fee that the Danish Administration charge is not part of our fee.

Who can get married in Denmark?

People from all over the world and of any gender can get married in Denmark. The only exception can be if you currently have asylum seeker or refugee residential status.

Can same-sex couples marry in Denmark?

Absolutely! Denmark is a popular destination for same-sex couples who wish to marry. Denmark was the first country in the world to grant recognition to same-sex unions in 1989 which has now been replaced by a new same-sex marriage law.

What documents do we need to get married in Denmark?

Take a look at our page Documents Needed Depending on your individual circumstances and the time frame you would like to marry, there will be certain locations in Denmark that suit you best. Every town hall has their own requirements and regulations so we assess your situation and offer the best solutions for you as well as give you the correct list of documents needed.

Can I book my wedding date right away at Copenhagen City Hall if I wish to get married in Copenhagen?

Getting married in Copenhagen city hall is absolutely amazing, but one thing to be aware of is we can only request a date for you and then they will give us a date on or close to the date you require once processing of your documents is complete. Processing time varies between 3 to 4 weeks depending on the time of year, so it’s not possible to secure a date right away.

Can we get married anywhere in Denmark?

You can marry in most places around Denmark and we would be happy to help you with any location. The most popular and easy location is Copenhagen the capital of Denmark. The international airport has a metro service that takes only 15 minutes to bring you right into the heart of the city. This city is steeped in history, it’s fun, vibrant and full of many of possibilities for couples.

If you’re in a hurry to get hitched, then we would need to assess your circumstances and find you a town hall within Denmark where we could organise you a ceremony appointment quickly.

How do we get to Copenhagen?

Copenhagen International airport is the largest in Denmark and receives flights from all over the world. You can catch a metro at the airport which brings you to the center of the city in just 15 minutes. It’s that easy!

How long do we have to stay in Denmark?

If you marry in Copenhagen, you will both need to go to the Copenhagen City hall in person at least 1 day before your marriage ceremony to show all original documentation. This means you will need to stay in Denmark a minimum of 2 days.

The same rule applies for most of the town halls we work with although one or two have a longer period between presenting documents and having your ceremony.

What is the ceremony like?

A wedding ceremony in Copenhagen city hall is cosy and romantic, however it is also quite quick, lasting between 5- 10 minutes. The registrar can conduct the ceremony in English and even German if you request. You can exchange short vows and your rings if you wish.  After, along with witnesses, you will sign your marriage certificate.

All the town halls we work with take pride in the experience couples receive so whichever town hall you go to.

Can we have a more romantic wedding that is not in a town hall?

Currently we only help couples with town hall weddings and documentation required with our two services, The Essential Wedding and Priority Wedding.

Will we be subject to an interview at the Danish Administration?

The Danish Administration estimates they will choose 10% of couples for interviews before their wedding if they believe there may be a need for it. These interviews will take place at their offices in Odense.

Do we need witnesses?

You may bring witnesses, but in the case, you don’t have any, stand in witnesses will be made available.

Will we receive a marriage certificate?

Yes, you will receive two international marriage certificates directly after your ceremony. In the following blog post, you can read more about the Danish international wedding certificate and how it looks and in what languages it is written in.

Can you legalise our marriage certificate for use worldwide?

Yes, we can legalise your marriage certificate with our Apostille service please visit our page, Services and Prices for more info.

How much does it cost to get married in Denmark?

To process your documents and make your appointment at the town hall, we charge €495 per couple, this fee includes all administration and legal fees and there are no extra hidden charges.

If you would like a more romantic option outside the town hall, we can organise this for you. We have some great packages you can choose from. Take a look at our page Services and Prices to see what we offer.

Denmark can be an expensive country to visit but it is also possible for every budget. It all depends on what experience you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to spend. We can help you with the planning and finding a solution that fits your needs.

Do we need to pay legal and administration fees?

No, all legal and administration fees are included in our price.

How can we pay?

Once we have seen that we can help you with your wedding and sent you the preliminary list, we will send you a payment link so you can pay by card  and start using our service. You can also pay by bank transfer if you wish.

Can I change my name on my wedding day?

You can’t change your name in Denmark unless you are a resident. To change your name, you must do this once you are in your country of residence.

Do we need to translate our Documents?

Any documents that are not in Danish, German or English will need to be translated in to English.

Once we’re married, can my non EU partner travel around Europe without a visa?

Your marriage doesn’t automatically make your non EU partner an EU citizen. After your marriage, your partner will need to apply for residency in the country you both plan to reside. Until then, you may need to carefully consider travel around Europe making sure you are fully informed on what the country you are travelling to requires so that you can avoid difficulty.

We have a low budget, can you still help us with our wedding?

Our fees and Apostille fee is fixed but we would be more than happy in advising you as best as possible on ways you can achieve your celebration to fit with the budget you have. We’re always happy to answer any questions you have and direct you to the best vendors. We offer the most affordable service for couples who wish to pay less and still receive a great result. You can easily achieve an affordable marriage in Denmark and we would be happy to give you the guidance needed.

Can you help us find a photographer?

Yes, we certainly can! We have a number of great recommendations for you to choose from. We can help you find one that suits your budget and the style that you’re looking for.

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