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Getting Married


Dreaming of a fairytale wedding in Germany? This guide walks you through the enchanting journey of getting married in this picturesque country. From legal requirements to cultural traditions, here’s how to make your wedding day a storybook come true.

Step 1: Legal Requirements

In Germany, there are certain legal requirements to fulfill before getting married. Both partners need to be at least 18 years old, and they should not be closely related. If either party has been previously married, a divorce decree or death certificate of the former spouse must be presented.


Step 2: Registry Office (Standesamt)

The first step is to choose a registry office where you want to get married. Berlin has several Standesamt offices, and you can choose one that suits your preferences or is located conveniently. Here is the list of all the Standesämter in Berlin.


Step 3: Make an Appointment

Contact the chosen Standesamt to make an appointment for the marriage ceremony. Keep in mind that popular dates may book up quickly, so plan ahead.


Step 4: Required Documents

Gather the necessary documents. This typically includes:

  • Valid passports or ID cards of both partners
  • Birth certificates
  • Proof of residency (Anmeldung)
  • Certificate of No Impediment (Ledigkeitsbescheinigung) from your home country’s embassy or consulate in Germany


Step 5: Translations and Apostille

If any of your documents are not in German, you may need to have them translated by an official translator. Additionally, some documents might require an apostille, which is a certification of authenticity.


Step 6: Wedding Ceremony Options

Decide on the type of ceremony you want. Berlin Standesamt offices offer various options, from simple ceremonies to more elaborate ones. You can also choose a location outside the Standesamt for your ceremony.


Step 7: Witnesses

You will need at least two witnesses for your marriage ceremony. They should be present during the ceremony and may be required to provide identification.


Step 8: Marriage License Fee

Be aware that there is usually a fee associated with obtaining a marriage license and having the ceremony. Check with the specific Standesamt for the current fees.


Step 9: Marriage Certificate

After the ceremony, you will receive a marriage certificate. This document is essential for legal recognition of your marriage and may be needed for various administrative purposes.


Step 10: Name Change

If you plan to change your last name after marriage, make sure to update official documents like your passport and ID card accordingly.


Step 11: Celebrate!

Once all the formalities are complete, it’s time to celebrate! Plan a wedding reception, whether it’s an intimate gathering with friends and family or a larger celebration.


Step 12: Post-wedding Formalities

Ensure that you update your marital status with relevant authorities, such as the Resident Registration Office (Bürgeramt), health insurance, and any other institutions where your marital status matters.