Civil Weddings in Taormina, Giardini Naxos and Cefalù

Locations - Legalities - Civil Packages


TAORMINA  

The civil wedding hall in Taormina is now perfectly located in a beautiful 14th Palazzo with large garden and well, just off the on the fashionable main Corso Umberto pedestrianised shopping street. Weddings take place inside the stone walled main salon which is an impressive room that also houses various art exhibitions during the summer which add to the beauty of this venue. An external stone stairway leads up from the garden to the first floor where the wedding hall is located.

 

  Palazzo    Palazzo 

  Palazzo Garden

GIARDINI NAXOS

One of Sicily's most popular beach resorts at the foot of Taormina. The Town Hall in Giardini Naxos dates back to the mid 1800's and is located in a square overlooking the sea front in the residential part of the town. Weddings take place in the Mayors Office which is very intimate and ideal for a small informal ceremony.

   

CEFALU'

The Town Hall of Cefalù is a large recently renovated building located right in the heart of the charming old fishing town, directly opposite the imposing Norman Cathedral and main town square. Weddings take place in the Sala delle Capriate which is a simple yet pleasant and very spacious room on the first floor and it has a very particular wooden beamed ceiling.

 

Piazza Duomo    Piazza Duomo    Piazza Duomo

Duomo Cathedral of Cefalù    Town Hall in Piazza Duomo    Town Hall of Cefalù

 

OUTLINE OF A CIVIL WEDDING CEREMONY IN SICILY

The bride, groom and their two compulsory witnesses sit/stand in front of the celebrant and there is seating for family and friends close by. The formatted ceremony is conducted in Italian in stages by the celebrant and then translated into English at each stage by the interpreter. The lovely ceremony lasts approximately 25 minutes in total and there is a moment halfway through the ceremony during the exchange of rings when the couple can personalise the ceremony with their own short speeches to each other. In conclusion the bride and groom, the two witnesses, the interpreter and the celebrant all sign the wedding act and the couple are proclaimed married.

Live music can be arranged as a lovely optional extra to enhance the ceremony before during and after

Pretty floral arrangements can be ordered to decorate the wedding hall

Video cameras and photography are permitted inside the wedding hall and a professional photography/video service can also be arranged for you

Rice and rose petals can only be thrown outside on the street afterwards

 

 David and Kajal     Exchange of Rings     David and Kajal

 Signing of the Register     Just Married    Harp Music for the Ceremony

     Newly Wed        Husband and Wife

David and Kajal  

                                               

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL CIVIL WEDDINGS IN SICILY

Minimum age requirements for both parties is age 18

Two compulsory witnesses are required for the ceremony (over 18 years of age) usually family members or friends (English speaking local witnesses can be provided for couples travelling alone)

Weddings cannot be performed on any Italian public holiday; These are: Easter Monday, 25th April Liberation Day, 1st May Labour Day, 2nd June Republic Day, 15th August Midsummer Day, 1st November All Saints Day, 8th December Immaculate Conception.

9th July is also a local festa holiday in Taormina
and 8th September is also a local festa holiday in Giardini Naxos

Legally acting as your interpreter, I will accompany the bride and groom to the Town Hall civil registry office to complete the declaration of intention to marry one or two days prior to the wedding. The town hall civil registry office is open Mondays to Fridays (mornings only), so this should be taken into consideration when arranging and and booking dates of travel. All dealings with Italian authorities involved in the marriage procedure are conducted in Italian, and accordingly as foreign citizens not living or resident in Italy, you are obliged to have a compulsory interpreter who is familiar with legal terms.

 

SICILY CIVIL WEDDING ASSISTANCE

My civil wedding assistance service in Sicily includes the following essentials
 

  • Organisation and coordination of your civil wedding ceremony the municipal wedding hall
  • pre-wedding information and continuous unlimited email correspondence before arrival
  • Assistance in obtaining and processing the appropriate documentation for Italy
  • Assistance in arranging any additional wedding extras prior to your arrival
  • Pre-wedding meeting with coordinator on arrival in resort and full assistance throughout 
  • Complusory interpreter service for town hall signing of declaration of 'intention to marry'
  • Compulsory interpreter for the wedding ceremony
  • One multi-lingual international marriage certificate valid abroad
  • VAT and all local taxes


    TOWN HALL CIVIL REGISTRY FEES (for the Wedding Hall and Celebrant) will always be quoted for separately because the fees vary according to location

    DOCUMENTATION AND CONSULAR FEES will always be quoted for separately because the costs and procedures vary according to your nationality and residence 

 

  

'FUSS FREE' TAORMINA CIVIL WEDDING ELOPEMENT

This elopement package in the beautiful resort of Taormina includes everything you need for a lovely fuss free civil wedding for two
 

  • Organisation and coordination of your civil wedding ceremony the municipal wedding hall
  • Pre-wedding information and continuous unlimited email correspondence before arrival
  • Assistance in obtaining and processing the appropriate documentation for Italy
  • Assistance in arranging any additional wedding extras prior to your arrival
  • Pre-wedding liaison with coordinator on arrival in resort and full assistance throughout 
  • Interpreter service for town hall signing of declaration of 'intention to marry'
  • Interpreter for the wedding ceremony
  • Two compulsory witnesses for the wedding ceremony
  • Bridal posy of roses and matching buttonhole for groom
  • Celebration toast of Prosecco (dry sparkling wine) after the ceremony
  • One multi-lingual international marriage certificate valid abroad
  • VAT and all local taxes

    ELOPEMENT EHHANCEMENT EXTRAS
  • Pamper yourself with hairdressing, make up, beauty treatments or a massage
  • Arrive in style by luxury bridal car from your hotel in Taormina to the wedding hall
  • Have fun on a photo shoot with a professional photographer for the ceremony and panoramic outdoor location shots in the town centre with a personalised digital CD Rom of all the high resolution shots taken in photo cover box (journalistic style reportage, ceremony, panoramic location) ready for you the following day
  • Treat yourselves to a special champagne wedding lunch or dinner for two in a top Taormina restaurant

 

Please note Taormina is a very popular destination for foreign couples and you are therefore advised to book early to avoid disappointment

 

Map of Sicily in the wedding hall  Exchange of rings  Signing of the register  Happily married

TONY AND DIANE (TAORMINA JULY 2006)

After 20 years together, Taormina was the location chosen by Tony and Diane for their civil wedding elopement 

 Outside in Taormina  Celebration toast after the ceremony  Just for two

 

All wedding services are favourably negotiated in collaboration with local suppliers who have only the very highest ethical standards in the conduct of their business


  
Giardini Naxos Coat of Arms   Castelmola Coat of Arms   Taormina Coat of Arms   Sicily Coat of Arms   Forza D'Agrò Coat of Arms   Cefalù Coat of Arms   Palermo Coat of Arms
 

 

Bouquets and Bows "Experience Shows" 
 

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