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getting married in iceland quick guide in a nutshell
01/08/2021

Getting married in Iceland – a quick how-to

Getting married in Iceland in a nuttshell

This post if for all fo you who are thinking about destination wedding and don’t know if Iceland is a right choice for them. If you are worried that getting married in Iceland might be a little bit complicated and overwhelming, this blog post if for you. It’s also a great starting point to start digging deeper into the topic.

How much ahead should I start planning getting married in Iceland?

Well, the sooner the better. The most important, and the most time consuming will be collecting all the necessary papers even before you arrive to Iceland. You will find all the legal requirements on the official governmental website. You have to submit the required documents 3 weeks before the ceremony, otherwise it will be cancelled. All the papers need to be in English, however, if you come from Denmark, Sweden, Norway or Finland, read this document first. Check out my previous blog post about legal requirements of getting married in Iceland!

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Who will marry us?

It all deends on you, but you can get married in Iceland in four different ways. In each case someone else will hold the ceremony. You can get married both indoors and outdoors – you should speak about that with the person who will hold your ceremony.

Priest – Christian ceremonies

Wedding celebrant – non religious ceremonies. Wedding celebrants have full legal right to conduct the wedding ceremonies. Ususally chosen in case of humanist weddings.

Disctrict commissioner – non religious ceremonies

Ástrúargoði – pagan wedding ceremonies based on descriptions from the Sagas and old manuscripts of old Norse traditions.

Where, when and how

Probably you have so many other questions. How much does it cost? What is the weather like in Iceland? How to choose the right photographer? What about the dress? Questions and doubts are countless and my aim is to answer as many of them as I can on this blog. Check my previous posts and keep updated with the new ones. You can always drop me a message and talk with me directly. I’m here for you, always happy to help!

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