GETTING MARRIED IN COPENHAGEN

GETTING MARRIED IN COPENHAGEN

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, but the capital of Denmark also offers a variety of beautiful places for you to have your ceremony and celebrate your big day.

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

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS ARTICLE:

________________________________

 

HOW IS A COPENHAGEN CITY HALL WEDDING?

Copenhagen City Hall Wedding
Copenhagen City Hall Wedding

Getting married in Copenhagen City Hall is a beautiful choice. On the day of your wedding, when you arrive at the City Hall, 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.

 

When getting married in Copenhagen City Hall, couples are asked to arrive 10 minutes before their wedding by the wedding office. We recommend arriving 20 minutes before. It gives time for a few pictures in the lovely surroundings, or if the couple before you got delayed your ceremony can be pushed forward a bit.

The number of weddings at the City Hall can vary, but between 10 and 15 is normal on a weekday 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 and a large mirror that is often used to check hair, makeup, and to be sure the tie is all in place.

 

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, but 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 where there will be two witnesses provided by the City Hall, you can also have 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, but be aware that you will be cramped if you max it, it is called the little wedding hall after all. 🙂

The ceremony itself takes 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.

 

AFTER THE CEREMONY

Right after the marriage certificates are signed, you receive two copies of your Danish International Marriage Certificate. If you would like to request more then two marriage certificates, please inform your wedding consultant, she will then make sure that the town hall will have your wished number of certificates ready instead. There are no extra charges for extra marriage certificates

________________________________

WHAT IS A BESPOKE WEDDING IN COPENHAGEN?

Our bespoke wedding options are made for couples who wish to have their wedding in Copenhagen but like a more intimate wedding, than what can be achieved at Copenhagen City Hall.

We always work on finding new locations, so if you have a particular venue in mind that is not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can try to organize it for you.

 

COPENHAGEN BOTANICAL GARDEN WEDDING CEREMONY

The Copenhagen Botanical Garden Wedding is one of our most popular venues for intimate weddings. The garden makes a beautiful scenery for an intimate wedding for you and your partner with two witnesses. As well as a wedding ceremony with a smaller group of people.

Read more: About the Copenhagen Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

 

ROYAL GARDENS WEDDING CEREMONY

The Royal Gardens Wedding Ceremony is held in Copenhagens best-kept secret garden. It caters to weddings with more than 10 people, who are interested in combining their wedding ceremony and lunch/dinner in these beautiful surroundings.

Read more: About the Royal Gardens Wedding Ceremony

 

THE HOTEL SP34 WEDDING CEREMONY

The Hotel SP34 Wedding Ceremony is held in the modern hotel library of Hotel SP34. It’s cool and informal, a great place if you wish for a low key ceremony, placed in the center of the old Copenhagen. With direct access to facilities such as restaurant, bar and hotel rooms.

Read more: About the Hotel SP34 Wedding Ceremony

 

COPENHAGEN HOTEL SUITE WEDDING CEREMONY

The Copenhagen Hotel Suite Wedding Ceremony is for the couple who wish for privacy and discretion. You will be able to have your ceremony conducted in your own choice of suite, without anyone but the registrar and your two witnesses knowing about it.

Read more: About the Hotel Suite Wedding Ceremony
________________________________

 

WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING MARRIED IN COPENHAGEN

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

 

STEP 1: WORKING WITH US AT GETTING MARRIED IN DENMARK

Think of us as your local friends in Denmark, we know the wedding laws, the process, and the good places. With more than 700 weddings in 2017 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 and make sure you know everything you wish 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.

 

STEP 2: PRESENTING YOUR DOCUMENTS AT COPENHAGEN CITY HALL WEDDING OFFICE

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  willtell 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. 🙂

 

STEP 3: ON THE DAY OF YOUR WEDDING IN COPENHAGEN

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.

 

STEP 4: APOSTILLE LEGALISING MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

Before your ceremony, we have already offered our Apostille service where we legalise one or more of your marriage certificates with the Apostille legalisation. So after the ceremony when you have received two copies of your Danish International Marriage Certificate. and if you’ve taken this service, it’s time for you to drop them off 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.

Common for both is that within one to two weeks, depending on the day of your wedding, your legalised wedding certificate will arrive with tracked UPS delivery.

________________________________

HOW DOES A COPENHAGEN WEDDING LOOK AND FEEL (VIDEO)

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.

OUR COUPLES

WHO CHOSE TO GET MARRIED IN COPENHAGEN

 

CONTACT US

EMAIL US:  Send us an email or fill in the form to the right and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

E-mail: Contact@gettingmarriedindenmark.com

WEEKEND EMAILS: The Getting Married in Denmark team love spending weekends with their families so if you email us doing the weekend, we may not get back to you until Monday, but please bear with us because we’ll be refreshed and ready to deal with your request! If you are a current customer and need us urgently or you need our Priority Wedding Service, please text us on +45 31 13 57 12 and we’ll either email you or call you back as soon as possible.

CALL US: You can call us between the hours of 9.00 and 17.30 Danish time (GMT+2)  Monday to Friday. Although we do suggest that you email us if you can. This is because it’s much more efficient to give you correct details in writing and also for us to be able to refer back to details and conversations we have had while helping you with your application.

Telephone: +45 31 61 11 52
Between 09.00 and 17.30 Danish time (GMT+2) Monday to Friday

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Subject

Your Message