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Getting Married in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands, also known as the Canaries, belong to Spain. There are 7 Canary Islands of which Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura are the biggest and best known. With their lovely beaches and great weather the Canary Islands offer ideal locations where to get married.

married in the Canary Islands

Wedding Ceremony Canary Islands

Currently, it is possible to have a legally recognized wedding in Spain only if one of the partners is resident in the country. That’s why we suggest you to get legally married in your home country and have the ceremony and party in Spain. You can however have a legally recognized religious wedding. Further possibilities are: symbolic Christian or secular ceremonies.
We will be happy to guide you step by step through the paperwork.

For more and detailed information regarding the possibilities to get married in the Canary Islands please see below:

Civil Marriage in Spain

The civil marriage in Spain with full legal validity in your home country is possible only if one of the partners is resident in Spain. The residence certificate is sufficient. The other partner will have to provide several documents for the wedding in the Canary Islands, depending on his/her nationality. We will help you with the paperwork and submit them to the town hall.
You may be required to show up personally before the town council while processing the paperwork. We therefore advise you to plan a trip before the wedding.

Concordat Marriage in the Canary Islands

We already mentioned that a civil marriage in the Canary Islands is only allowed if one (or both) of the partners resides in Spain, there still is a possibility to get married in the Canary Islands, without this certificate. We are speaking of a so-called “Concordat marriage”. The Concordat marriage is an agreement between church and state. The legal civil wedding can be combined with the religious wedding. This possibility is offered by the Catholic church, the Protestant community “Iglesia del Sur”, the Norwegian church and the Swedish church.

Religious wedding

Religious Wedding

The church-approved wedding ceremony must precede the civil marriage or, as described above, there is the possibility of a concordat marriage.
If you are already legally married, a you can get a religious wedding at any time. Catholic weddings have to take place in a consecrated place, that is in a church.
Protestant, free and Anglican weddings can also be celebrated in a place of your choice. All islands offer a fantastic variety of wedding venues, which we are happy to suggest you , in order to celebrate the greatest day of your live on the Canary Islands.

Symbolic Wedding Canary Islands

The symbolic wedding can be Christian or secular. You will get the contact of the celebrant with whom we work together in the Canary Islands. This is however not a must. You can also bring your own celebrant if you already have one.

Personal Festivities to Celebrate on the Canary Islands

There are many wonderful occasions to celebrate on the Canary Islands, weather with your loved ones or completely private for two. The Canary Islands are in the top 10 of the most popular locations in the world where to celebrate the greatest moments of your life. Treat yourself to a private party under the sun of the Canaries.
We can help you finding the best places for.

  • A proposal
  • The renewal of the vows
  • The baptism of your child
  • A milestone birthday
  • and so much more…

Please contact us for further information.