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So you fell in love with Budapest? Why not bring your wedding here? Part 1.

In the recent years, the American-style dream weddings as seen in Hollywood movies became the IT thing to do in the imagination of the Hungarian brides too, so if you have been dreaming about something similar, start preparing ahead as the most popular wedding months, such as May, June, July tend to get very busy. If you wish to feel like a real princess, the romantic setting of the Castle District, Fisherman’s Bastion, Vajdahunyad Castle will take your breath away, the flowy dresses of Nora Sarman or Daalarna, flowers from Wild Flower Bar and Arioso and the photo and video services of Pinewood Weddings definitely make your dream come true! So let’s plan!

Romantic sunset weddings in the Castle District on the Buda side of the city, especially at an open-air terrace will add a wonderful view to the city, with the River Danube, the Parliament and the Chain-Bridge as a backdrop. If  you prefer to experience the modern luxury of Budapest during your wedding, one of the five-star hotels on the vivid Pest side of the city is the perfect choice. Gourmet wedding takimg place at Gundel or Gerbeaud will definitely amaze your guests.

But first, let’s see the “dirty work”, here are the official requirements before you start organising…

The Hungarian Marriage Law Requirements:

Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women, the bride and the groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption. In Hungary, same sex marriage is not possible.Only civil ceremonies are recognised, religious weddings are usually arranged right after the civil one. There are no residency requirements to marry in Hungary, but you will have to wait 30 days after obtaining your marriage licence before you can marry.

Getting a marriage licence for EU citizens:

You must take the papers mentioned below to the Municipal Council offices in Hungary where you want to get married.  In order to obtain the Certificate of No Impediment you must have lived in Hungary for at least 21 days before applying at your embassy. You must then swear an affidavit that you are free to marry and complete a Notice to Marry form. Your intention to marry is posted at the embassy for at least 21 days, then the certificate will be issued in Hungarian. Alternatively, you can obtain a Certificate in your home country and then have it translated into Hungarian. OFFI, the Hungarian Office for Translation and Attestation is authorised to fulfil the official translation services. Ideally the application must be submitted 3-4 months before the wedding.

Legal documents to take with you:

Passports, Birth Certificates with full parents’ names, Certificate of No Impediment, Certificate of Single Status, plus: If you have been divorced then the original marriage certificate and final divorce papers must be shown. /If you are widowed then the original marriage certificate and death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.  All documents must be translated into Hungarian by an official translator and be stamped with an apostille.

In part2, we are going to show you some amazing locations and wedding planner companies.

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