Major challenges in Monaco: Marriage

 January 12, 2020

The Principality of Monaco
The Principality of Monaco


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Even if Monaco does not have the typical wedding tourism as seen in other countries, its location provides exclusivity for the special moment. The Principality celebrates approximately 200 weddings each year, and interestingly, less than ten marriages on average between exclusively Monégasque citizens.

Marrying in the Principality can make couples feel that they are royalty. It is also a heart warming feeling that the Princely family of Monaco loves to marry commoners, for example, H.S.H. Prince Rainier III married American-born Grace Kelly, and their children, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, H.R.H. Princess Caroline and H.S.H. Princess Stephanie married commoners.

Monaco’s Princely family has a strong and positive effect on the people. Many people admire the Princely couple and the rich royal history, the same way as they do the Principality of Monaco.

No wedding can be held in the Throne Room of the Princely Palace where Miss Wittstock married His Serene Highness Prince Albert II in a civil ceremony on 1st July 2011 and became Princess Charlene of Monaco; however, the Principality offers many beautiful locations to celebrate a wedding.

If you are planning to marry in the Principality of Monaco, spring and summer are ideal seasons to celebrate such a wonderful occasion, and remember that Monaco is a luxurious haven, and blessed with 300 days of sunshine per year, so there is a big variety for the perfect timing and location you desire.

No matter whether you plan your wedding in the Principality of Monaco, or you plan to spend an unforgettable honeymoon there, the picturesque views, romantic abundance and the tremendous beauty of Monaco’s gardens make any wedding or honeymoon special.

The Princess Grace Rose Garden is an area of calm and serenity, where the scent of approximately 4,000 roses hang in the air is a truly romantic place.

The Japanese Garden with its Zen feeling is also a recommended location for a small wedding reception.

Monaco is full of many other possibilities since it has many historically filled churches and special atmospheres for the most important occasions, and just to give you an idea, you can consider the panoramic views of the Oceanographic museum and aquarium, the Jardin Exotique, Avenue Saint-Martin and near the Prince’s Palace.

As we know a marriage, and a wedding is (usually) an once-in-a-lifetime experience, and everyone tries to make it one of their best and most memorable moments in their life. For this, Monaco offers the perfect location with its gastronomy delights through many of its Michelin star restaurants, historical attractions, best in the world spa treatments, fashion and lifestyle.

Once you have made your decision, the primary requirement for foreign citizens to get married in Monaco is to reside in the Principality for at least 30 days prior to the wedding.

Furthermore, each wedding is publicized through an announcement posted on the door of the Town Hall for a period of 10 days, which must include two Sundays.

The following documents are to be submitted:

  • Certificates of birth of the couple to be married or an attested affidavit issued by a Justice of the Peace or another magistrate at the birthplace or place of domicile
  • Certificate of death of the mother and father, if necessary, where one of the couple to be married is a minor
  • Certificate of death of the husband or wife in the case of a widow or widower remarrying
  • Certificate of consent signed in the presence of a notary by the father or mother who will not be present in person at the wedding where one of the couple to be married is a minor
  • Certificate of granting of a divorce in the case of a husband or wife whose first marriage has been dissolved
  • Translation of foreign documents submitted, being countersigned by the consuls of the country or countries of which the couple to be married are subjects
  • The customary certificate issued by these same consuls
  • Certificate of publication of the marriage banns and of no caveat being entered if one of the couple to be married does not live in the Principality or has not resided for one month without a break on the date of publication laid down by the law, which is obligatory
  • If a marriage contract has been made, the couple to be married must produce the certificate of the notary who received it (the marriage settlement used in Monaco is that under which husband and wife administer their separate properties)

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