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Old 08.05.2020, 17:57
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Re: Swiss Marriage Visa : for Indian and Swiss citizen

We got married on the 27th of February at the Standesamt in Bern. There is relatively new process since 2019 called "wedding light" as the receptionist called it. Basically, you can opt to avoid the 10 day waiting time between the Ehevorbereitungsgespräch and the wedding day by telling them at the amt you want to get married at the same time as the mandatory talk. You have to bring 2 witnesses - one of them must be fluent in your partner's mother tongue if they are not fluent in German. Other wise you need to have a translator. You are not allowed to bring any guests and the ceremony takes place in a office instead of in a ceremony room.
First is the mandatory chat about marriage law. The translator has to be there for that. The official also confirms personal details. Once that's done you leave the room for 15 minutes for what ever reason and then come back in with both witnesses and the marriage is performed. No bells and whistles and our official said she had never performed one of these before so it was rather awkward. She forgot to ask if we had rings but she did read out a nice poem to make up for the lack of frills.
It's a good option if you don't want a fuss. Costs are then paid directly after the ceremony. I don't know if this is available all over Switzerland but it is in Bern.
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