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Getting Married In Switzerland - As British Citizens

Hi guys,

Just a quick question, and it maybe covered on here already, but I cant find it. My and my fiancee (both of us are UK citizens) are thinking of getting married near Visp in Switzerland.

As UK citizens what documents would we require to get married? In Switzerland can you only get married at a registry office? Or can you get married at approved venues, i.e will the registrar come out to a venue?

Thank-you very much for your help in advance
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Re: Getting Married In Switzerland - As British Citizens

Why in Visp? Random place to chose if you're not resident here.

You need to contact the Zivilstandsamt in Visp, they will tell you what docs you need. Are you both resident in the UK?

You'll need..
Certificate of no impediment
Birth certificate less than 6 months old
Passport

You have to get married in a registry office, you can then have a separate service elsewhere if you wish.

http://www.visp.ch/gemeinde/dienstst...ndsamtvisp.php

If you are both UK residents, it would be much easier if you get married in a registry office in the UK, then organise a blessing type service and reception in Switzerland.
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Re: Getting Married In Switzerland - As British Citizens

Thank-you very much for the advice, the only reason we are choosing Visp, is because its the closest registry office to Saas Fee, where we would like to get married.
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Re: Getting Married In Switzerland - As British Citizens

..oh and we are both British citizens.
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Re: Getting Married In Switzerland - As British Citizens

you appear to be non-resident so: http://www.confetti.co.uk/honeymoons...n-switzerland/

What’s the wedding paperwork?
Residency: There are no residency requirements.
Proof of status: You’ll need to complete a statutory declaration and a Promise of Marriage form (obtainable from the Swiss Embassy) and present them to the Swiss Embassy in London at least four months before the intended date of marriage.
Proof of ID: You’ll need to show your full birth certificates and 10‐year passports.
Divorced: An official copy of your decree absolute will be required. A divorced woman cannot remarry within 300 days of the dissolution of her previous marriage unless she has meanwhile given birth to a child.
Widowed: If either of you are widowed you will need to produce the death certificate of your deceased spouse
Age restrictions: Women must be over 17 and men over 18.
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Re: Getting Married In Switzerland - As British Citizens

The registrar will travel from Visp to the Town Hall (Gemeinde) in Saas-Fee for the service.... but not to a hotel etc. We had a registrar travel up to Zermatt.

You are both British Citizens... but are you resident there, or in Switzerland, because it makes a difference to the paperwork.
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Re: Getting Married In Switzerland - As British Citizens

We are residents in the UK.
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Wow- what kind of nonsense is that?? Very strange rule..
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Wow- what kind of nonsense is that?? Very strange rule..
Switzerland is in a very unstable area of the space-time continuum, quite often time slips occur, most residents no longer notice, even the most severe ones. This is obviously an aftershock of the great timequake of 2001.
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Re: Getting Married In Switzerland - As British Citizens

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You have to get married in a registry office
I can confirm first hand that this is not true as I was witness to a wedding at Hotel Giessbach (Brienzersee area). You can get married in a few other registered places. In canton Bern these are listed here (all in german):
http://www.pom.be.ch/pom/de/index/zi...giessbach.html

There must be something similar for the Valais.
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Re: Getting Married In Switzerland - As British Citizens

http://www.expatica.com/ch/family/Pa...and_17296.html

The family name law has changed. Since January 1st, 2013, hyphenated last names are no longer allowed!

Link to the new law (German):

http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/...mensrecht.html
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