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How to get married in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the perfect wedding destination. Here you have the backdrop of an old historic city with romantic canals, cobbled streets, secret gardens and fairy tale castles - an abundance of great photo locations. Whether you are Danish or foreign, straight or gay, getting married in Copenhagen is easy. If you dream of a Christian church wedding, at least one of you must be a member of the Danish Church. Besides from that almost anything is possible.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

If you wish to tie the knot in Copenhagen, there are many possibilities of getting married in beautiful and romantic surroundings. You can easily get married in the vintage classy Copenhagen City Hall, Frederiksberg Town Hall or book a registrar to marry you in a location of your choice. If you dream of a Christian church wedding, one of you must be a member of the Danish Church.

What you have to do

Even though it is easy to get married in the kingdom of Denmark, you need to make some preparations from home. First, you fill in an application form with your personal data of both you and your future spouse. Once you have filled out the application, you send it to the Municipality of Copenhagen. Remember to send the examination fee receipt as well. Know that it may take up to five to six weeks before you get a reply to your application.

Personal identification includes:

  • Copy of the picture page of your valid passport

  • Residence permit (if you are not a Danish citizen)

  • Valid visa or proof of entry of arrival in Denmark or Schengen

Personal certificates:

  • Certificate of marital status. This may not be more than four months old.
    The certificate must state:

      • Name

      • Date of birth

      • Place of birth

      • Current address

      • Citizenship

      • Marital status

The documents you send with the application can be photocopies, but you need to show the original documents once you come to Copenhagen. Copenhagen Municipality will contact you regarding when and where to present the originals.

Examination fee

Copenhagen Municipality charges you DKK 500 as an examination fee. You pay the fee before you submit the documents and forward the payment receipt to the municipality. If you wish to have your wedding ceremony at a different location than city hall, there will be an extra charge of approximately DKK 2,500.

Read more about getting married in Copenhagen and download the application form in English.

Read more about becoming a member of the Danish Church.

Contact info:

Copenhagen City Hall Wedding Office
1599 Copenhagen V
Tel.: +45 3366 3366


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Wedding facts

More and more people from around the globe flock to Copenhagen to tie the knot.

In 2012, every fourth wedding at Copenhagen City Hall was non-Danish. Today it is every third. The reason? In the fairy tale kingdom of Denmark, getting married is both easy and magical.

For the international gay and lesbian community, Copenhagen has been a top gay wedding destination, since it became possible for same sex people to be married in church and at city hall in 2012.

In 1989, Denmark was the first country in the world to recognise registered partnerships for same-sex couples.