GETTING MARRIED IN DENMARK
Before jumping into the guide we just want to say welcome.
We at Getting Married in Denmark are very happy you have chosen to visit us and have a read through our guide and the rest of our website. If at any point you got a question, please do not hesitate to ask us on our chat or send it to us through our contact page.
With more than 700 weddings in 2017 alone, we have written the Getting Married in Denmark Guide based on our experiences for you to get an overview of the individual steps involved with your marriage in Denmark.
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.
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 Arezoo, 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 take care of the administration, and guide you the all the way through.
Deciding what kind of wedding you would like
Getting Married in Copenhagen
Deciding what kind of wedding you would like really depends on why you are coming here and 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.
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.
Danish island wedding
A Danish island wedding on Ærø 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.
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, you will already have received a list of documentation your adviser will require to process.
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 team works closely with the marriage offices in Denmark so we hope that you feel confident that if there’s anything you can’t provide, or if there are any problems with your documentation, your adviser will be able to communicate with the marriage office and try and find a solution that works for you.
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.
Preparing and your journey to Denmark
Waiting for your documents to process could be an unnerving time our team will have it all in hand and it’s just a matter of waiting for your wedding confirmation to come through.
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, the processing time could be just a few days, leaving 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 we have your wedding confirmation from the town and the date and time you are marrying. Once you have this, hopefully you will already feel prepared for your journey and special day. All it 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 marriage office. It’s really important that these are presented to the 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.
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 emphasize 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.
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.