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Getting Married in Rome




Rome is a popular destination for Church marriages abroad.  People go away for many reasons, perhaps to keep everything small and simple, or because of a recent wedding in the family, or possibly because this is what the bride and groom really want.  There are a number of Churches in Rome who facilitate couples who want to be married in Rome. Getting married in Rome is similar to Ireland in that a Catholic Church wedding also has civil recognition once the civil requirements are followed.


Church Requirements

With regard to the Church requirements they are very similar to getting married in your local parish in Ireland.  You will need to contact one of the priests in your local parish who will help you with the preparations.  You will need him to complete a pre-nuptial enquiry form for you.  You will need to provide:

A recent copy of your baptismal certificate, long form, (i.e. issued within 6 months of the date of planned marriage).

A confirmation cert if it is not noted on your baptismal certificate.

Documentary proof of your freedom to marry.  This usually takes the form of letters of freedom i.e. a letter from any parish you have lived in since you were 18 years old stating that there is no record of you having contracted marriage in their marriage register.  Alternatively, if you have lived in a number of parishes or in different parts of the world you can get a signed letter from a parent(s) or brother or sister stating that, to the best of their knowledge you have never been married before.  Another possibility is to swear an affidavit before a Commissioner of Oaths attesting that you have never been married religiously or civilly in any jurisdiction.

A certificate or statement regarding the form of marriage preparation undertaken.


When you have given this documentation to your local priest and he has completed your pre-nuptial enquiry form he will then forward this to your local chancellery or bishop's office who will in turn send it on to Rome.


The requirements may vary slightly from place to place so it is best to check out the specific requirement with the Church in Rome where you have arranged to get married.


Civil Requirements

If you hold an Irish passport and are resident in Ireland (including Northern Ireland) you will need to contact the department of Foreign Affairs, Consular Section, 72/76 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Tel: (01) 408 2568, LoCall: 1890 426 700, Fax: 01 478 5951 Department of Foreign Affairs, e-mail:


Irish nationals living abroad should apply to the Irish Embassy in their country of residence.  On the completion of certain documentation they will issue with a Certificate of No Impediment/Nulla Osta, which is a civil letter of Freedom.  They will send this to the Irish Embassy in Rome who will in turn forward it to the place of marriage. This is usually issued within three months of the wedding.


If you hold a British passport and reside in Britain or Northern Ireland you should apply to the Nationality and Treaty Departments in London for a Certificate of No Impediment.

You will be issued with a preliminary certificate of no impediment by your local registrar.  This must be forwarded to the British Embassy in Rome, along with passport details, and a long form birth certificate.

For further details contact the British Embassy in Rome, Via XX Settembre 80a, 00187 Roma, Tel: +39 06 42 20001, Fax: +39 06 42202334, e-mail


Information regarding other nationalities can be obtained by contacting their own Department of Foreign Affairs.



The information on this website with regard to getting married in Rome is general.  Each person’s situation may be slightly different, so it is best to contact the relevant church and civil body to check out your particular situation.


Some useful information can be found on the website of the Irish College.



Right Reverend Monsignor Liam Bergin,
Pontificio Collegio Irlandese,
Via Dei Santi Quattro,
1   00 184 Rome,

Telephone:  003906 772631
Fax:   003906 77263323
e mail:



Very Reverend Michael A. Brennock, O.S.A.,
Prior of St. Patrick's,
Via Piemonte 60,
1 00 187 Rome,

Telephone:  003906 4203121
Fax:    003906 42031236
e mail:




Brother Stephen Buckley, S.Ap.C.,
Basilica Di San Silvestro in Capite,
Piazza San Silvestro,
00 187 Rome,

Telephone: 00 3906 6797775
Fax:  00 3906 6771251
e mail:

Issuing certificates of freedom to marry abroad.
Certain countries require non-nationals, before they can get married in their jurisdiction, to produce a certificate from their country of origin that they are free to marry. These are usually known as Certificats de Coutume. The Department of Foreign Affairs issues these certificates to Irish citizens through the Consular Section in Dublin and Irish Diplomatic and Consular Missions abroad which can give details of the requirements and procedures.

Certificats de Coutume may not be issued to persons under 18 years of age without the written and witnessed consent of their parents or guardians.

The fee for this service will be notified on request.