Civil Weddings in Taormina, Giardini Naxos and Cefalù
Locations - Legalities - Civil Packages
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.
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.
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
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
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
'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
Please note Taormina is a very popular destination for foreign couples and you are therefore advised to book early to avoid disappointment
TONY AND DIANE (TAORMINA JULY 2006)
After 20 years together, Taormina was the location chosen by Tony and Diane for their civil wedding elopement
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
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