Monaco is a dream location for a wedding, but it is only possible if you are a resident. Fortunately, only one half of the happy couple needs to have lived in the principality for a minimum of 30 days directly before the big day. Monaco weddings are civil ceremonies and only the blessing of a marriage takes place in a church. All civil ceremonies take place at “La Mairie” (Town Hall) in Monaco and are celebrated every day of the week, apart from public holidays. Preparations need to start at least a few months in advance to ensure you have all the paperwork in place for getting married in Monaco.
The Legal Requirements of Getting Married in Monaco
The bride and/or groom must be resident for 30 days before the wedding day unless they have a non-legally binding ceremony in Monaco and the official ceremony in their country of residence.
The paperwork must be certified and translated by an approved translator. It includes a birth certificate and proof of residency of at least one of the couple. If either the bride or groom has been married before, they will need a death or divorce certificate. Additionally, a certificate of the ‘marriage banns’, proof of a public announcement of the upcoming marriage, is required. The couple must post their intent to marry on the door of the Monaco Town Hall for a period of at least 10 days, which includes two Sundays.
Documents you will need:
- Birth certificates
- Certificate of publication of the marriage banns
- Divorce papers or a death certificate for those who have been married before.
- Marriage certificate (see more in the ceremony section below)
The Wedding Ceremony
Prior to getting married in Monaco, couples attend the Service de l’Etat Civil of the Town Hall to prepare a marriage file and marriage certificate at least two months before the ceremony. The phone number is (+377) 93 15 28 66.
The ceremony takes place at Monaco Town Hall and must be witnessed by at least two people over the age of 18. These witnesses need to bring proof of their identities.
Although you must be a resident to get married in the Principality, it is possible for non-residents to take part in symbolic Monaco weddings.
Monaco Wedding Venues
There is a vast range of incredible venues to choose from for your Monaco wedding. The symbolic ceremony can take place in gardens, on yachts and inside luxury hotels such as the Hôtel de Paris and Hôtel Hermitage. They can be as intimate or large as you desire. For wedding receptions on a grand scale, the Salle des Etoiles can accommodate up to 950 guests. A wedding in Monaco is so idyllic that you might even forgo the honeymoon!