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Does anyone know what it takes to get married on the Camino? Anyone know someone who could perform the marriage? ps; it's a secret... Thanks!! :wink:


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Hi Peacewalkers - it is the same as getting married anywhere else in the world! There is a residence period and the legal format of applying to be married and then the marriage and registration of it . If you want to be married in church you need to deal with the Church - in Spain normally the Catholic Church as well as the civil authorities. If you are talking about the Camino Frances I am sure you will find there are Registry Offices which perform marriages in the major cities. I don't know where you are but the starting point, it seems to me, would be asking your local Spanish Embassy or Consulate for advice.

If you decide to do this and can sort it all out ....and you want a Catholic Church wedding....thereis a chapel in the Cathedral in Santiago where Pilgrims may get married.

Please let me know whatever you find out because I've planning to propose to Sillydol for a while now and getting hitched en camino would be really approrpiate :)

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The Canadian government site (http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/sp ... x?lang=eng) says it can`t be done unless one of the couple are resident in Spain. Other sites (http://spainlawyer.com/guialegal/guiale ... O=01010000) are more encouraging. However, one of them had a correspondent writing in to the effect that one should begin planning six months in advance to get the paperwork done.

I do know of one couple who had met on the Camino (I think that it happens quite a bit) and they had their wedding invitation made in the form of a pilgrims`credencial, with sellos marking their journey together. The wedding itself was somewhere in New England, I believe.

Perhaps another board member has personal experience???

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I have a little experience of my son being married in church outside the UK but within the EU this year. There were a number of additional hurdles to be jumped to prove his existing marital status, religion whether he was baptised and confirmed etc. You cannot just turn up with your partner.


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Hmm...it's looking iffy, isn't it? I haven't had time to do much research on my own, and am now thinking it might be easier to simply have a Camino honeymoon! Will post again if I come up with anything useful. Many thanks!


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Not too iffy if you are Catholic and want to get married in Santiago:

From the Archdiocese website: http://www.archicompostela.org/web/index_.htm

The Corticela as originally prayed for the implementation, is intended as "Pilgrims and Parish of Foreigners". This feature is increasingly expressive face of progress and increasing the "pilgrimage".


1st Contact with the pastor:
C/ Huérfanas, 32
15793-Santiago de Compostela (Coruña)
Phone: 34-981-586057
Email: corticela@archicompostela.org

2nd this document:
Baptism: - Birth certificates
-Authorization of Pastor respective
Eucharist: - Part of Baptism
-Certificate of Preparation


Set the date and time in time, form of the ceremony, readings, formula consent, charity, etc ... contact the pastor of The Corticela. Flowers, music. arrangements, at will do the parties.
Submit all documentation at least one month in advance.

Documents needed:

Double-file (packed with freedom), held in the parish of origin, duly authenticated in the Bishop himself, and sent to the Bishop of Compostela for its legalization, who send it to the Parish Corticela (Catedral de Santiago).

--Documents for attestation:

Part of Baptism, legalized
Civil birth certificate, Legalized
Legal status of the pair, legalized
Attestation (file size bed).

To deliver after Marriage:
Marriage CertificateTo achieve civil marriage.
Communication parishes of birth, for registration.


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I found this info for secular weddings in Spain- it seems like if you are not Catholic, one of the partners needs to have been resident in Spain for two years:
"In order for two non-Catholic foreigners to marry in Spain, one must have lived (and have been domiciled) in Spain for at least two years. Marriages are held at Spanish civil registry offices and are presided over by a judge (church weddings for non-Catholics in Spain aren’t legally recognised)."



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Hospitaleros in the donativo albergues are capable of marrying a couple. However, such marriages are only valid for the time you are on the Camino.


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skilsaw said:
Hospitaleros in the donativo albergues are capable of marrying a couple. However, such marriages are only valid for the time you are on the Camino.

Where on earth did you get THAT information from??? Anne


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annakappa said:
skilsaw said:
Hospitaleros in the donativo albergues are capable of marrying a couple. However, such marriages are only valid for the time you are on the Camino.

Where on earth did you get THAT information from??? Anne

:wink: :wink: I think you missed the humor :wink: :D



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