Originals of all documents required to form a marriage in Croatia must be delivered at the latest thirty days prior to the ceremony. Birth certificates may not be issued more than 90 days prior to the ceremony. In order for the ceremony to take place, it is necessary to register your intent in the Registry Office of the city/town where the wedding is to take place at least one day prior to the event. An official court interpreter will be present during the registration and the ceremony.
Documents required to get married may vary depending on your home country. We advise you to contact the embassy of your home country in Croatia and inquire on details and legal matters. Please make sure that you have a valid passport and that the names of the bride and the groom, the best man and the maid of honour are consistent in all required documents.
The following documents are necessary to form a marriage:
– a certificate of birth (issued no later than three months prior to the event)
– copies of passports of the bride, the groom, the best man and the maid of honour
– certificate stating you are not married (in the event your certificate of birth has been issued more than three months ago)
– a court decision allowing the marriage to be formed (if one or both of the future spouses is a legal minor over the age of 16, or if the future spouses are children of siblings or half-siblings/step-siblings).
Most documents must be notarised with an official Apostille stamp.