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There is a long story of international couples getting married in Copenhagen and no wonder. Not only does the marriage law allow international couples to get married quickly and simply in Copenhagen, but the capital of Denmark also offers a variety of beautiful places for you to have your ceremony and celebrate your big wedding day.

In this article, we have tried to gather everything we know and can offer about marriage in Copenhagen, for those who are considering getting married in Copenhagen.

Overview

The required documents to get married in Denmark depends on your individual circumstances. Depending on your time frame, there will be certain locations in Denmark that suit you best.

Please keep in mind that the list below is only a guideline. Please contact us if you would like us to send you a list of documents that fits you and your partners circumstances.

Getting married in Copenhagen

Watch the video below in this article or view more wedding pictures from the Copenhagen City Hall 

1. How Is a Copenhagen City Hall Wedding

Getting married in Copenhagen City Hall is a beautiful choice.

When you arrive at the Copenhagen City Hall on the day of your wedding you can go directly up to the large wedding hall located on the first floor.

You get to the large wedding hall through the small staircase located on the right side of the main hall. The staircase is signed with a lovely old sign saying “Bryllupssalen 1. Sal” (wedding hall first floor, as seen in the picture on the right).

Couples are asked to arrive at Copenhagen City Hall 10 minutes before their wedding by the wedding office. 

We recommend arriving 20 minutes before. This will give you time for a few pictures in the lovely surroundings. In case the couple before you got delayed your ceremony could also be pushed forward a bit.

The number of weddings at the City Hall can vary, but on a normal weekday between 10 and 15 weddings are normal – and up to 20 on a Saturday.

When you arrive at the large wedding hall, there is a small wardrobe where you can hang your coats. There is alsoa large mirror which you can use to check hair, makeup, and to be sure the tie is all in place.

More pratical info in our article about The Copenhagen City Hall Wedding Office.

2. The Copenhagen City Hall Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony will take place in the small wedding room that is located at the end of the large wedding room. 

The large wedding room has plenty of sitting space if you wish to sit and wait. We recommend that you have a stroll on the balcony attached to the large wedding hall.

When the registrar calls your names, you will follow them into the little wedding hall. In the wedding hall where there will be two witnesses provided by the City Hall. You can also bring two of your own guests as the official witnesses. The witnesses will sign the marriage certificates after the ceremony and after you have signed.

If you want your own guests to act as witnesses, they do not need to bring ID or Passport but must be 18 years old. You can bring a maximum of 60 people into the small wedding hall. Be aware that you will be cramped if you max it, it is called the little wedding hall after all. 🙂 

The ceremony itself will take 4 minutes. The registrar will give a short speech about the meaning of marriage and you will then accept each other by the classic “I DO”. You can then exchange rings if you wish, where after you will be asked to sign the marriage certificates.

See pictures in our article about The Copenhagen City Hall Wedding Room

 

3. After the Ceremony

When the marriage certificates are signed, you receive two copies of your Danish International Marriage Certificate. 

If you would like to request more than two marriage certificates, then please inform your wedding consultant. Your wedding consultant will then make sure that the town hall will have the requested number of certificates ready. There are no extra charges for extra marriage certificates.

 

4. What is the Proces of Getting Married in Copenhagen?

Through the following four steps we have described the process of getting married in Copenhagen.

Think of us as your local friends in Denmark, we know the wedding laws, the process, and the good places. With more than 1000 weddings in 2018 alone, we feel confident to say that we have experience with most types of weddings.

Getting Married in Copenhagen can be a small private affair or a large glamorous wedding, if we do not have the resources in-house, then we know someone who has. We do not work with commissions from our collaboration partners. So when we suggest anyone it is because we know they will take good care of you and your guest.

We support you in gathering the correct documentation, organise your wedding date at the city hall. We also make sure you know everything you need to know before arriving in Copenhagen. Giving you a stress-free experience.

If we help you arranging a bespoke wedding in Copenhagen, then we will also arrange the registrar and one of our representatives will be on location, to ensure your ceremony runs smooth without you having to worry about any of it.

 

When getting married in Copenhagen you have to present your original documents to the Copenhagen City Hall Wedding Office at least one day before your wedding day. 

The wedding office is part of the Copenhagen City Hall Information Desk, it’s here you and your partner have to meet up in person and hand in your original documentation.

The Information Desk (Rådhusoplysningen), is located to the left in the entrance hall after entering the main entrance from Rådhuspladsen.

When you get to the Information desk, you will tell them your names, the day of your wedding, and give them the registration number that your wedding consultant sent in your confirmation email. The receptionist will then take your documents and tell you to come back an hour later.

It usually takes an hour, but it can vary depending on the time of day and how busy they are. If you arrive just as they have all gone to lunch, it might take a bit longer.

We suggest going first thing in the morning to be sure the information desk have time to check your documents.

If for some reason you are delayed, don’t try to call the wedding office, but contact your wedding consultant. She will then reach out to the wedding office and find a solution. It can be rather difficult to get through to the wedding office if you do not have a direct number.

When you present your documents at the Copenhagen City Hall Wedding Office, it’s only for them to reassure that the documents they received as scans by e-mail, are also the same as your original documents.

While you wait, why not pop up and see the Copenhagen City Hall Wedding Room so you know where it is and how it looks? You might not be able to get into the little wedding hall where the ceremony takes place, but you can see the large wedding hall. If you are there before midday they will likely be marrying other couples so you can see how it works.

After an hour, you can then return and pick up your original documents. Simple as that. 🙂

On the wedding day, it’s very individual how couples wish to start their morning. Some have prepared a large party with friends and family and wish to spend their last night separately. But most of our couples, have arranged a more simple wedding day and wish to spend the night together. So they wake up and prepare for the ceremony together.

One thing everyone should expect is that in the morning, you are likely to feel a bit nervous. This is your wedding day after all, even though it might not be your big celebration party day, it is the day you are getting legally married, so you are likely to feel like that too. 🙂

The time up to the ceremony and after your ceremony goes by super fast. So make sure to make plenty of time and have your breakfast. Many forget one or both of these and end up getting both nervous, stressed, and hungry, none of which is very nice.

Before your ceremony, we have already offered our Apostille service where we legalise one or more of your marriage certificates with the Apostille legalisation. 

After the wedding you will recieve your 2 copies of the Danish International Marriage Certificate. If you chose our Apostille Service you should drop off your certificates at the drop off point.

For couples who get married at Copenhagen City Hall, we have a drop of point at the closest possible hotel. For bespoke weddings, we can take the certificate(s) from you in person.

Your legalised wedding certificate will arrive with tracked UPS delivery within 1-2 weeks – depending on the day of your wedding.

5. How Does a Copenhagen Wedding Look and Feel?

Our couple Jade & Glenn had a lovely Copenhagen City Hall Wedding as can be seen in the video below. 

At Getting Married in Denmark we organised the documentation, answered their questions about getting married in Copenhagen, securing their wedding date, recommended one of our amazing photographers Elena Belevantseva Photography & Videography and were here for them throughout the whole process as their local friends in Denmark.

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