HOW to get married in Copenhagen as a foreigner
A destination wedding in Copenhagen is a truly memorably way to celebrate your love, while also exploring a city full of rich history and style. One of the main reasons why Denmark is such a popular choice for getting hitched is they have the fewest restrictions and fast processing times, where other countries have a strict list of requirements that can take a while to process.
Get a rundown on what you will need beforehand, and what to consider for the ultimate wedding experience abroad.
Although Denmark has some of the most relaxed requirements for getting married (a major reason why so many international couples love this destination for their “I dos”), there are still a few things that you should have before standing before a celebrant.
Main paperwork needed:
· IDs (members of the EU can simply show their EU id, while others will need further proof such as a valid passport)
· Passport and Visa (for entry and short-term stay in the country)
· Proof of Residence (from wherever you live in the world)
· Certificate of Marital Status/ Prøvelsesattest (to prove you are not married in a different country and must be no older than 4 months)
· Declaration of Marriage form
· Proof of your relationship (only required for some couples. You can offer photos, documents, travel tickets, and social media posts that span across your relationship timeline)
All documents must be presented as a pdf or image, in either English, Danish, or German. If one or both of you are from a country that does not provide any of these languages, they will have to be officially translated before being submitted.
Also make sure your documents are notarized to ensure there are no delays. Some of the documents are time sensitive (the proof of marital status must be no older than 4 months)
City Hall Ceremonies
A popular ceremony location is the main Copenhagen city hall. The beautiful building is located in the city centre and perfect for small weddings. Make sure to book in advance, because unlike the movies where couples can run to city hall on a whim, the reality is there may be a wait of several weeks to book your wedding timeslot.
Also keep in mind that not every day of the week is available for weddings. City hall in Copenhagen currently does not offer wedding ceremony services on Tuesdays or Sundays.
If you are both in a hurry to get married, check out some smaller city halls can offer same day service, where you can both be officially wed in a matter of minutes.
Celebrate with Dinner and Drinks
After the ceremony, it’s time to celebrate. Whether you prefer a large formal celebration or just kick back in a small casual atmosphere, Copenhagen has something to suit every style and budget.
Get a little inspiration with these top picks:
· Langelinie Pavillonen
· Odd Fellow Palæet
· Hotel D'Angleterre
· Bella Center
· Tivoli Gardens
· Restaurant Barr
· The Olive Kitchen & Bar
· Kadeau Dining
· Høst Restaurant
· Restaurant Tight
Considering how beautiful the city is, you have endless photo opportunities in and around the city. With the pristine canals, historic architecture, and natural landscape all around, there will surely be something for everyone.
If you choose to get married in city hall, the building itself is a popular location for stunning photos from inside and out.
5 Popular Photoshoot Locations
· Copenhagen City Hall
· Christiansborg Palace
· Det Kongelige Bibliotek
· Tivoli Gardens
· Frederik's Church