Changing your name as an effect of your wedding in Italy? Many brides ask me about changing their surname as an implicit effect of their wedding in Italy. Some brides ask me to have different names (than those in the passport) reported on their marriage certificate. and some brides are worried that by effect of their marriage in Italy their surname will automatically change to that of their husband.
Let me try to explain the matter of name changes in Italy (regardless your nationality).
In Italy we do not change our surname, never, not because of a wedding or whichever other reason unless a court, after a serious and dramatic reason requires us to do so. Also we cannot change our middle names or skip them in official documents, at all!
In Italy our Vital Statistics office, Registrar (Anagrafe) are very serious about our names and we are recognized by full name plus birth date and place plus “Codice Fiscale” which is a code created by these data altogether. We will be forever named with our given names and surname. The only reasons why a court will consider a name/surname change and approve the change is when the surname can recall offensive words (especially if associated to the given name) or for security reasons. This is why on your (and our) marriage certificates we never ever mention a “surname after the wedding” for the bride.
And children? Babies in Italy take by default the surname of the father who recognized them. If the parents were married at the time of the birth this is automatic, if they were not, the father will have to make an additional document recognizing the child. A child can have the mother’s surname in case he/she was not recognized or if explicitly both parents agree to do so and this is to be decided at the moment of the birth registration, after that any name change will have to pass through the court approval.
This is valid for Italy and in Italy, of course when you come to Italy to get married you will be able to apply for a surname change in your homeland showing your marriage certificate.
In case of further doubts you can contact us and we will be glad to have a consultation call with you at your convenience.
As previously advised in our post New Rules For Weddings of British in Italy, the new procedure for British couples getting married in Italy with a legally binding wedding has been approved and communicated by the Italian Ministry of Interior to the town halls on February 15th. The new procedure will be duly published on the British Consulate’s Website soon. In the meanwhile we can support you with that providing all the needed assistance, guidance and translations needed to abide by it. This new procedure will be in place for British living in the UK and getting married to British, except for Wales and Isles citizens.
There are some differences from the previous paperwork needed to get married in Italy. The main difference is that you will need to fill in and sign a Statutory Declaration at a Solicitor or Notary Public in the UK and have this Statutory Declarations apostilled/legalized for usage in Italy at your local FCO Legalization Office. This Office accepts online application and you will not need to meet them in person, but the procedure implies some weeks to be considered when planning timing.
The Standard Certificate of No Impediment is still needed and you will be able to apply for it at your local Registrar as usual, however you will not have to pass through the British Consulate in Italy any more, you will need the CNIs to be legalized as well and then sent to us for their legal translation which will have to be done in Italy at a local Court (this is a service we can and have been providing to British Nationals since years as we are among the British Consulate Translators we are listed under Monza in the North, but cover all over Italy)
As a guidance you can initiate the Statutory Declaration process at the same time as your intention to marry and CNI request, so that you will have both the documents ready at the same time to be sent to the Legalization Office.
For more information we will be glad to offer you a free of charge 30 minutes consultation call.
Please inquire here for a free consultation and quotation of paperwork services
Wedding in Tuscan Castles is possible and in this amazing medieval Castle your wedding will have legal validity. The venue can be used for legal or symbolic weddings, and for stunning and unique wedding receptions. This Tuscan Castle is a very important producer of Tuscan Wine and Virgin Olive Oil, the castle is preserved perfectly and having a wedding here can be considered at least fairy-tale. Janelle and Bryan, from the Philippines, travelled the world to celebrate their wedding here. Look at their amazing pictures taken by the fantastic photographers of Jay Studio©.
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The Wedding in Florence of Danielle and Francesco went on stage in the magical atmosphere on the hills above Florence. The ceremony took place in a stunning catholic church of the tenth century AD near Fiesole among olive trees and vineyards. A magical wedding party followed in the centre of the most romantic city of Florence in one of the most exclusive venues for weddings in Florence.
Thank you to Studio Bonon Photography
- Wedding Planner: Efffetti wedding in Tuscany
- Flower Design: Simone Bertini Flower Designer
- Photography: Studio Bonon Photography
- Church: San Martino Pontassieve
- Wedding Reception Venue: The Four Season Florence
- Wedding Rehearsal Dinner: Borgo I Vicelli – Leonardo Catering
Special Thanks to Don Maurizio for the fantastic support and service, you helped so much Danielle’s and Francesco’s Dream come true to have their Tuscan Wedding
A “La Dolce Vita” Style wedding in Tuscany? Anna and Peter made of their wedding in Volterra, an event recalling “La Dolce Vita”.
Look at their stunning pictures taken by one of the most fantastic wedding photographers Eigirdas Scinkas
I am so glad to publish all the fabulous wedding websites and blog who published one of our charming winter vintage weddings. A special winter wedding in Tuscany, in a Catholic church whose construction dates back to the 11th century. The wedding of Michelle and Spence was a fantastic one, the weather was very nice and not as cold as it usually is in December. The couple choose a vintage style with a real wedding dress of the beginning of the 1900… The colour theme was obviously that of red and green to match with the season and the result was an intimate, vintage, lovely and very emotional wedding in the Tuscan countryside.
The fabulous photographer who took these shots is Rosapaola Lucibelli, the blogs and site who published it and which we deeply thank (we suggest you visit them) are
Photography: Rosapaola Lucibelli Photography // Event Planner: Efffetti Wedding Planners & Events in Tuscany // Bride’s Attire: grandmother’s gown // Groom’s attire: Paul Smith
Dear British spouses to be,
we have been advised by the British consulate that the rules to obtain your Certificates of No Impediment to get married in Italy are being reviewed by the British Authorities. We do not have details so far, but we have been invited to a personal meeting with the British Consul in Italy, mid of November, and we will be advised about the changes.
As far as we could understand, the new procedure will likely make it a bit easier for you to obtain the needed documents, but we will post an article as soon as we have the new procedure communicated. At the time of the release, we will also amend the page “Paperwork for British Couples Getting Married in Italy“.
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Wedding in Tuscany of Carla and Andrew
The amazing day of Carla and Andrew! At one of our favourite hamlets for weddings in Tuscany. The wedding took place on a fantastic summer day, shiny and not too hot. A lot of emotions and a very involving catholic celebration. I had teary eyes and so had all of the guests during the Ave Maria sang by the amazing soprano Gloria. Fantastic food followed and a dancing night! here are some of the first shots by TJV.
Do you want to speak to Carla and Andrew? Inquire here mentioning your wish to speak to them, we will pass you their details (so as those of any other past couple of ours) Inquiry request
The wedding of Tereza and Daniel 21st September 2010
Our wedding took a place in the middle of Tuscan hills, between historical towns of San Gimignano and Volterra.
On our way home from Rome, where we got engaged, we decided that we would like to get married in Italy as we both fallen in love with Tuscany whilst driving home to the Czech Republic.
Even though the wedding was for our closest friends and family only, it was hard for me to organize everything at such a distance, so when I found Francesca and her wedding agency on the internet it all became a lot easier. Her prompt, kind replies and all of the help everywhere where there were language problems made our wedding day a dream come true.
The ceremony was held outside enjoying the nice sunny weather with a banquet under the big loggia of “our” villa where we all stayed for the whole week and had one of the best holidays ever.
Since then Tuscany is in our hearts and we always can’t wait to go back.
WEDDING ORGANIZATION TEAM:
Wedding Planner: Efffetti Wedding in Tuscany and Italy
The ceremony was outside of Villa Vaianino
The banquet was done by Leonardo Cattering
Photos were taken by Pavol Bigos who was willing to travel anywhere
Dress made by Anrea Kourilova
Flowers made by Barbora Draznikova
A destination wedding affords the photographer (and the couple) with plenty of time to create so many wonderful images on the day before, the day of and the day after the wedding. Photographers have time to do pre-wedding photos on the beach at night. Also to do “the first look” which is the latest fad.
This is a wonderful and very romantic opportunity for the couple to see each other for the first time minutes before the wedding ceremony. No guests, no distractions… just pure emotion. On the third and final day, the couple agreed to do “trash the dress.” The bride did not want to destroy the dress but we went to Jekyll Island where we created more beautiful images of the couple playing on a quiet, private beach.
This was Aida’s first experience travelling for a wedding and she simply fell in love with the whole idea.
Including engagement sessions is important because Aida loves getting to know the couples she photographs. It’s important that they feel comfortable with her so that she can capture and create images that tell the story of their wedding day.
Aida is very passionate about her job and love meeting and getting to know people. “I think that photographers in general are view a bit skeptically for various reasons and I like to think that being authentic, honest and truly personable is what makes me different from the rest.” Aida says, and continues “I have a beautiful relationship with all of my brides and grooms and I’m very proud of that. I believe that you attract what you put out there.” Here you can find a few images from the wedding in GA.
Aida Krgin Photography
NEW SITE: www.krginphotoweddings.com
The Wedding of Sarah and Brent DeShow at the Ocean Lodge in St. Simons Island, GA