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Elopement in Iceland, how to make it legal? - Kat Deptula
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Elopement in Iceland, how to make it legal?

Everything you need to know

If you’re reading this, chances are that you already made a decision about your destination wedding and consider Iceland to be the perfect place to do it.

Congratulations! First, on your engagement. Secondly, yes – you are right. Iceland is incredibly welcoming to foreigners getting married. What do you need to know about getting married in Iceland? Let me share some useful tips that I think are enough to get you started.


Elopement in Iceland Q & A

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Can foreigners get married in Iceland?

Yes. And every year couples from all around the globe come here to celebrate this special occasion

What are legal requirements of marriage in Iceland?

Both of you have to be minimum 18. You have to prove that you’re not an illegal immigrant so passport stamps or visa is required. You also cannot be married elsewhere.

What documents do I need to provide to get married in Iceland?|

1.Birth certificates for the both of you.

2.Both of your passports.

3.Marriage notification that you can find here. It’s free of charge and you have to make sure this is delivered as soon as possible but not later than 3 weeks prior to the date of your wedding. You can email copies and then submit your originals maximum of 5 days before the ceremony. If this deadline is missed marriage is cancelled. 

4.Your marriage notification has to be signed by two witnesses, stating there are no legal obstacles for the two of you to get married. They have to sign it but later on, they don’t need to be physically available on site for the wedding. Their signature is enough. This document also contains info about your officiant.

5.Documents that state your marital status issued by your country of residence. If you were never married it has to state this clearly. If you are divorced you have to obtain proof of divorce. If your spouse passed away, a proof of being a widow/widower is needed. Tricky part is – this document has to be issued a maximum of 8 weeks prior to your wedding date.

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How much does it cost to get married in Iceland?

Current fee* for civil marriage in Reykjavik is 10.000 ISK (around 73 EUR, 78 USD, 550 CYN) for a ceremony performed in a civil office. If you consider getting married somewhere else in Iceland the cost can be higher, so you need to contact local offices for the exact fee.

*Fee and exchange rates valid for February 2020, please see info here.

Can same sex couples get married in Iceland?

Yes. Iceland is a popular elopement location for same sex foreign couples. Gender neutral weddings are legal here since 2010. Interesting fact: no one in Icelandic parliament voted against it. Actually, Icelandic Prime Minister was the first seme sex government lead to get married.

No matter if you’re same sex couple or not – the procedure is still the same.

Can you recommend some nice places for our elopement photoshoot?

Certainly, I can. On my blog you can read more about some great locations that you should definitely consider for your wedding:

Can you organize our elopement in Iceland?

No. I’m a professional photographer so I can offer to cover any of your photo-related needs. I do, however, go an extra mile for you in this matter!

I am able to recommend you the officants, wedding planners, make up artists etc. 🙂 We are all playing in the same team! You can contact me easily here.

Are you looking for a local photographer in Iceland?

I’m here for you. Let’s get in touch!