FAQ

The most common questions we get

How is the ceremony?

The ceremony will be in English or German. Although the ceremony is short and simple, it still offers you tho opportunity to enjoy your special moment. You will be standing in front of the registrar who will be conducting the ceremony. When you have said “yes” you may exchange rings. Afterwards you, the two witnesses and the registrar have to sign the marriage certificate. You are then officially married.

Do we need to bring witnesses?

No, you do not have to bring any witnesses. It is a part of our service to provide witnesses. However, you are welcome to bring your own witnesses/guests, if you wish.

Is it possible to get married in a Danish church?

No, you have to be a member of the official Danish State Church to be married in one of our churches.

Is the marriage certificate valid worldwide?

Yes, it is. However, if you are going to use your marriage certificate outside of Europe your certificate can be legalized with an apostille at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make sure your certificate can be used within the countries that are member of the Hague Apostille Convention. Please check with your national authorities if they require an apostille on your marriage certificate.

Do we need to get our marriage certificate legalized with an apostille?

Normally the authorities in the European countries does not require a legalization with an apostille of your marriage certificate. Please check with the authorities in the country where your wedding is going to be registered.

How and when do we get our apostilled marriage certificate?

After the legalization of your marriage certificate at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs your marriage certificate will be send to your address with registered post. This process normally takes up to 14 days.

What if I have to use my marriage certificate in a country outside The Apostille Convention?

If you have to use your marriage certificate in a country that has not acceded the Apostille Convention, the Embassy of the country in question must legalize the Ministry of Foreign Affairs legalization.

Countries that have acceded to the Apostille Convention. 

If you have any questions, you have to contact the Embassy of the country.

Do we need to register our marriage when we return home?

Yes, when you get back to your country of residence, you need to take the marriage certificate to the local authorities for registration in the city where you live.

Can we change our names when we get married in Denmark?

No, it is only possible if you live in Denmark. If you want to change your name, this has to be done when you return home.

Why do couples go to Denmark to get married?

Throughout the times, Denmark has been famous for its simple and easy marriage procedures. Minimal documentation requirements and simplified administrative procedures have made Denmark one of the countries with the most liberal marriage laws. It is therefore an attractive wedding destination for foreign couples.

For this reason, couples from all over the world – often with two different nationalities – come to Denmark to get married.

Can same-sex couples get married in Denmark?

Yes, in Denmark we make no difference between heterosexual and gay marriages. Denmark was the first country in the world to recognize same-sex and LGBT couple´s right to get married and these couples are welcomed in Denmark. See more under “LGBT”

Why do we have to send the documents at least 4 weeks before the wedding takes place?

In order to secure the quality of your documents We need 4 weeks for the Danish Authorities to process your documents.

Do we need to send our birth certificate?

No, you don’t have to send your birth certificate if your birthdate is in your passport.

Do we have to pay a bookingfee?

Yes, you have to pay a booking fee of Euro 250 before we are able to start up the process with your documents. This fee covers the Danish marriage fees for processing and approval of your documentation and initial administration.

The booking fee will be deducted your package price on the final invoice. The booking fee is non refundable in case of rejection of your documents or cancellation.

Do we have to get a Civil Status Certificate from our country of residence?

We are aware that many countries do not issue this a document. If you are not able to get this from your authorities please contact us so we can advise you how to find an alternative solution based on your individual situation.

Why do we have to sign a Power of Attorney?

By signing the power of Attorney you give Elsinore Wedding permission to handle the entire process of your application with the Danish Authorities.