Swiss Wedding Documents

I hope this helps. It was written a few years ago. Check the links for the latest information.

Marriage Licence
Birth Certificate (Copy – not older than 6 months*)
Decree absolute (if divorced)
Death certificate (if widowed)
Adoption certificate (if applicable)
Deed poll (if applicable)

(I might have missed out a few documents or there might be new ones added or deleted. Check with the authorities for the latest information.)


More Info

Swiss Residency: Not necessary.
Waiting Period: Up to 4 months.
Medical Vaccinations: None required.
Age requirement: 17 (women), 18 (men).
Same Sex Marriage: A registered partnership is available.
Swiss Embassy / Consulate in the United Kingdom: 0047 (0)20 7616 6000.
Tourist Information:

Application for preparatory procedure for marriage must be completed in person and presented to the competent office (The Registry Office). The “competent office” or Registry Office (“Zivilstandsamt”) is not open at the weekends. Many people have a civil wedding on Friday with a few friends and a blessing in a church or other location on a Saturday.

*All documents of civil status must be no older than 6 months. Which means that if you get copies of the above documents from the relevant government departments, then they shall not be more than six months old.

Documents submitted directly to the competent office of civil status in Switzerland may need to be legalized and translated into German, French or Italian. (Every Swiss Canton will have it’s rules on whether a translation is necessary or not. It’s a good idea to get married in a large town like Interlaken who deal with a couple of hundred international weddings each year.

Read more on Marriage in Switzerland of Foreigners in English on this Swiss Government website →
Swiss Wedding Documents

Please carefully check the facts above. I would be grateful if you would inform me of any changes.