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Types of Ceremony


In Italy you can find the most beautiful and ancient churches of the world and places to celebrate your catholic wedding in Umbria are endless.

You can have either a catholic wedding with civil validity or a catholic blessing ceremony.

There are specific requirements to perform a catholic wedding in Italy:

  • Permission from your Parish Bishop, baptism and confirmation certificates and attend Pre-Cana classes.
  • Religious paperwork needs to be received by the Italian Curia at least 2 months prior to the wedding, but be aware that the paperwork expires after six months from the date of issue.
  • Ceremonies can be celebrated in Italian, with an interpreter or in English (not always possible).
  • Catholic weddings in Italy can be legally binding.
  • Depending on the church location you can be asked to have a civil ceremony before arriving in Italy.
  • Most of the priests ask to receive a gratuity directly from the spouses on the day of the wedding as a donation courtesy.
  • No bare shoulders are permitted in the church, so please be aware of this when choosing your wedding dress, you could opt for a wedding dress with a matching shawl to wear inside the church.

Read also the section “legal requirements”.


Civil ceremonies are officiated by an Italian authority and are legally recognized throughout the world, you will receive a formal international wedding certificate that can be registered in your home country.

The ceremony usually takes place in a town hall, or in any other approved government building, these are normally renovated historical ancient palazzos and not impersonal buildings.

The ceremony will be performed in Italian by a Mayor or his substitute with an official interpreter and you will need two witnesses, which we can provide if needed.

The ceremony consists of a mix of the Italian civil code and traditional marriage vows and you can personalize the ceremony with music, selected readings and flowers; usually there are about 30 minutes available for the entire ceremony.

Read also the section “legal requirements”.


If you don’t want to worry about completing documents for a civil or religious ceremony but still wish to have a romantic Italian ceremony this is the perfect choice.

The symbolic ceremony is not legally binding and can be performed in the most amazing settings such as the outside garden of a villa, a medieval courtyard or wherever you like and it can follow traditional or non-traditional lines.

The ceremony is held by a celebrant who is not related to a religious structure as it’s purely symbolic and most of the time it’s the couple who writes their own text as you have the freedom to personalize the ceremony so that it reflects totally your beliefs and values; the ceremony could also be performed by a family member and it can include personal vows, poetry, songs, pagan or religious rituals.


Renewing your marriage vows is a beautiful way to say to your loved one that you are still in love and would do it all over again.

It can be either a symbolic ceremony or a church vow renewal ceremony.

In making the vows you may want to include your original marriage vows and the script can be similar to a traditional wedding ceremony.

This ceremony is a way to deepen your love to one another and Italy will make this a romantic and never to be forgotten moment.