The most usual form of ceremony is undertaken at the local Town Hall by a person designated by the Mayor to perform such duties. In Rome there are three options for this: the Sala Rossa in the Campidoglio; the Vignola Mattei Building near the Terme di Caracalla; and the charming little Villa Lais just out of the centre of town. They are all historic sites and wonderful venues for such a ceremony. You may not book more than six months before your wedding and weddings at very short notice may be difficult, but not impossible, to arrange. You will need two witnesses and an interpreter. The ceremony is quite short (about 20 minutes) and finishes with the exchange of wedding rings. You may also include your own personal vows.
Catholic weddings taking place in a church will include the civil and religious elements combined within one service. Most churches start taking bookings from a year in advance. We will help you with all the civil and church paperwork.
We organise many Irish weddings in Rome and will provide an English-speaking priest for the ceremony, which can be at any of a wide choice of beautiful churches.
Blessings and Renewal of Vows
In Italy, blessings and renewal of vows can take place in church or at a variety of stunning venues. These include villas, castles, historic palaces, and many more. We have a selection of beautiful churches where the proceedings can be in English and you may have a certain amount of say over the order of service. Sometimes the ceremony and the reception can be held at the same place. If you have a specific venue in mind we will endeavour to secure this for you.
Italian law does not allow marriages in public places such as on beaches, in car parks or in front of historical monuments. Nor does it allow marriages between same-sex couples or where the couple’s religion allows more than one spouse.