Many couples who are planning destination weddings have concerns and questions. Here are the most frequently asked questions about destination weddings.
Q: If we get married out of the country, will our marriage be legal? We read some news articles about couples who got married at destination weddings and eventually discovered that the marriages weren’t legal in Canada. What should we do?
A: Getting married out of the country can be complicated as each country may have different requirements – terms of residency, documents, and /or blood tests may be required. If you are determined to get married in a foreign country, you should contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country where the marriage will occur to determine the legal requirements for your marriage. You are quite right that there have been cases where couples found out that their marriages were not legal in Canada and of course this was very distressing. One way to avoid this potential problem is to get married here without telling anyone. At the Toronto Wedding Chapel we can even provide the witnesses for you. Then jet off to your destination wedding and no one will be the wiser.
Q: We’re getting married at a destination wedding and we have to provide all of the requested documents in another language. What are we supposed to do?
A: Some foreign governments may require documents including a birth certificate, premarital blood test certificate, divorce papers, death certificate, and/or a statement of parental consent. And, you may be required to have the documents translated into the language of the country where the marriage will occur and/or authenticated in Canada by a consular official of that country. This can be costly and time consuming. As these are legal documents, you will have to engage the services of a professional translator who has experience dealing with official documentation. You will then have to seek out the consular official in Canada of the country where the marriage will be taking place. Please be aware that there may not be a consular office in your city.
A beautiful destination wedding is not quite as simple as a sunset on the beach, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up your dream. Contact the Toronto Wedding Chapel and book a simple, legal ceremony before you leave. You can then arrive at your destination without a care in the world and none of your guests will be any the wiser.