Getting Married in Denmark as a Foreigner
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Explained: Getting Married in Denmark as a Foreigner

Last updated on January 23rd, 2023 at 12:48 pm

Couples from all over the world have been getting married in Denmark to get around bureaucracy in their home countries. Read my (first-hand) guide on how to marry your (German) boo as a Non-EU citizen in Denmark with easy. 



In 2020 my fiancé and I decided to get married. The only caveat, one of us is a German citizen and the other an Indian. If you read my guide about getting married in Germany as a foreigner citizen, you may have noticed the sheer amount of bureaucracy and effort required for a 15 min ceremony at the registry office.

That was enough to put us off the entire idea. Getting married in Germany, that is, not getting married. 😛

We took one look at the German bureaucratic prerequisites and promptly said, well fuck this! We’ll get married in Denmark instead. And we did. And it was SO easy!

Here is my guide on how to get around Die Deutsche Burokratie around marrying your German boo as a Non-EU citizen. 


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1) All About Marrying a German citizen in Denmark


When it comes to international or LGBT weddings, Denmark is one of the easiest countries in Europe to do so, no matter how complicated your circumstances. Getting married in Denmark is a smooth and simple process as opposed to one of bureaucracy, hurdles and difficulties that international couples experience in Germany.


1.1) Why should you get married in Denmark as a Non-EU citizen?


There are SO many reasons to get married in Denmark as a foreigner.

Uncomplicated paperwork. Fast processing time at Danish offices. Friendly smiling officers! An effortless destination wedding in one of the world’s most beautiful countries.

What do you need more?

For years international and multi-international couples, gay, straight, interracial and interfaith couples from countries all over the world have been coming to Denmark to get married. It is for no reason that Denmark is also known as the Vegas of the EU.

In our personal experience, the entire process could not have been any better. We got married in Denmark in midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic – without running into any delays let alone bureaucratic bottlenecks.

Even though time was never an issue for us, we were still positively surprised by how fast everything went. It took under four weeks to get our wedding approval from Danish authorities. Once we got married, we received our Apostille certificate in SIX days (and there was a weekend in between!).


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1.2) Who should consider getting married in Denmark?


Danish borders know no bounds to love.

Legal citizens of any country can get married in Denmark – unless you are a convicted criminal or a religious extremist facing an entry ban of course. Denmark is especially popular amongst international couples living in the EU – such as an Indian national marrying a German citizen.

Getting married in Denmark is pretty common amongst international couples residing in Germany because of its geographical proximity. You can basically hop in and out of the border and get married – all in one day!



1.3) Is a Danish marriage to a German citizen legal in Germany?

Your marriage in Denmark is legal worldwide, that includes Germany. Although you should inform your local Standesamt and provide them with a copy of your marriage certificate so they can coordinate with Finanzamt (tax offices) for change in your tax class.

If you wish to change your name and eventually apply for a new passport, then you should also get in touch with the consulate of your country in Germany and ask for the requirements.

You can always get an Apostille legalisation of your wedding certificate. Danish officials can do this for you soon after you get married in one of their civil registry offices.


Note: Please check the latest COVID-19 travel guidelines for international visitors before planning your wedding in Denmark.




2) Step-by-step guide to getting married in Denmark as an international couple


As always, your mileage may vary – this guide is based on my own experience as an Indian citizen living in Germany for several years and marrying a German citizen in Denmark. You may not go through the exact same steps or be asked for these exact documents, but this should give you a rough idea of the entire process.


2.1) Find an agency for getting married in Denmark


Start by getting in touch with an agent specialising in organising marriage in Denmark for international couples. There are plenty of agencies that can take up the entire organisation and official communication with Danish administrative offices.

We used the services of Getting Married in Denmark (GMiD). GMiD has rave reviews everywhere, and even though we were sceptical initially, their reviews definitely looked legit. They offer several packages depending on the couple’s requirements and budget. We went for a ‘Complete Package with Apostille service‘ where their team took over every communication with Danish authorities and us.

Seriously, we didn’t have to lift a finger, well except to check their email updates regarding our application.

The entire process from booking their services to getting our marriage approval took only about FOUR weeks. It was much quicker than we had expected. Getting the documents prepared was also a breeze and very uncomplicated. GMiD’s team guided us through it thoroughly and all our questions were swiftly replied to. Similarly, our Apostille certificate was in our hands SIX days after we got married. We felt like we were in good hands all the time.

Mind you all of this while there was a raging global pandemic.


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Pro Tip: There are wedding agencies based in both Denmark as well as Germany. Choose an agency based in Denmark. The level of Danish customer experience is truly top-notch and plainly speaking way better than anywhere I have ever experienced in Germany. 


2.2) Prepare all your documents for Danish authorities


Danish authorities require some documents to evaluate your case and grant a marriage licence. If you are going through a wedding agency as we did, you will get comprehensive guidelines from them.

While this is not an exhaustive list, generally you will need the following documents:


Passports or Valid EU ID:
For EU citizens: You require to submit the information page of your passport or EU ID only.

For Non-EU citizens and UK citizens: You will be asked for a scan of every page of the passport. Your passports must have a minimum of 3 months validity from your anticipated date of ceremony in Denmark.

-Non-EU partner’s Residence Permit for Germany: The front and back of your German resident card as well as the supplemental sheet.

– Residency Proof (if both partners live at the same address): This is not necessary especially if two of you live in different cities or countries. But you can prove that you live together through a signed rental contract, shared bank account statement, or utility bills.

– A duly filled “Declaration of Marriage” (DOM) form: You will get a questionnaire from Danish authorities in which you fill some basic personal details. Most of these questions are about your immigration status or nationality and current family status.

– Power of Attorney: If you are working with an agency to help you organise your marriage to a German citizen, then you need to provide them with a Power of Attorney. This will allow the agency to liaise with the Danish authorities on your behalf.

Proof of your relationship together: The Danish authorities reserve the right to request evidence of the longevity of your relationship. This is requested in the majority of cases and can cause delays if you do not provide this right at the beginning of the process. So it is good to be prepared.


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What is proof of relationship?

Generally, anything that establishes a legitimate relationship between you and your partner can go in this document. Our wedding agency asked us to describe our relationship in a short paragraph and add some documentary proof. It generally includes the following:

  • Screenshots of conversations over text, WhatsApp or FB messenger with time stamps over the period of our relationship.
  • Screenshots of some social media posts in which you appear together.
  • Travel tickets and boarding passes with name and date that prove that you have been travelling together/ or visiting each other
  • Photos of the couples together

Our agency was helpful in reviewing our documents and asked us to revise the first version of the proof of relationship since it was lacking some solid evidence.

So in the second version, we included boarding passes or flight tickets (with our names and dates visible) from some of our holidays along with photos of famous landmarks from those trips. We also added some family photos.

This was enough for proving our relationship and we were good to go! Granted this part did feel a bit invasive but apparently, it is quite a common document for marriage-related visas all over the world.

Bear in mind though that the Danish Agency of Family Law reserves the right to request further documentation from couples.


Additional notes to prepare your documents properly for getting married in Denmark


Sending documents as scans
Make sure to use colour scans only. Ensure all edges and corners of all documents and pages are visible and all text is clear and easy to read. The text must not be blurry and must be very clear.

Translating foreign language documents
Any documents that are not in English or German must be translated into English by a professional translator. All stamps and legalisations such as present on the document such as the Apostille and other legalisations should also be translated.

Pro Tip: You can easily translate all documents through a certified interpreter such as lingoking.



2.3) Choose a wedding date to marry your German partner in Denmark


Choose a date at least FOUR weeks or more away from the date your documents are ready for processing. It is highly recommended that you stay flexible with your date. Our agency asked for at least three options for our wedding date.

Once you have approval from the Danish Agency of Family Law, you can pick a specific wedding date for getting married in Denmark. Bear in mind that the validity period of your approval is about three months. That means if you get your approval in April, you should set your wedding date by June end.

After the approval, it is just a matter of choosing the right Danish town hall where you can marry your German partner as a Non-EU citizen.


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2.4) Decide on a town hall in Denmark


Once the Danish Agency of Family Law approves your application you will be able to book your wedding with one of the various town halls in Denmark.

There are quite a few Danish town halls to choose from, and they all have different things to offer for couples looking to get married in Denmark as foreigners. Some town halls in Denmark are busier than others, due to popularity or location e.g. Copenhagen. Also, some town halls do not conduct weddings on Sundays, and some are closed on Wednesdays.

Most town halls provide witnesses on the couple’s request. Some may charge a fee for this service or offer it for free. Also, not every town hall can provide witnesses on a Saturday so always double-check this before confirming your date. We had to bring our own witnesses for our wedding since it was on a Saturday and our chosen town hall did not offer them on weekend weddings.

Your wedding agency should provide you with a list of town halls in Denmark where you could organise your wedding ceremony. This way you can compare the formalities involved, along with travel and transport so you can make an informed decision regarding which town hall would suit you best.



What are the best town halls to get married in Denmark for couples from Germany? 

Denmark isn’t a huge country and it doesn’t take long to get around, however, if you have time constraints, the location of the town hall will be very relevant for you.

A majority of couples from Germany go to town halls located close to the Danish-German border. Tønder and Aabenraa are popular choices for those who want to hop over the border and get married in Denmark.

For others living away from the border, it takes just a couple of hours of flight to get to Copenhagen, Frederiksberg or Stevns. If you have enough time to travel and plan your wedding in Denmark, then Ærø, Ribe and Kolding are simply beautiful seaside locations for a beach wedding. Obviously, summer is much better for a Danish beach wedding than the rest of the year.

We chose Stevns for our Danish wedding. It is a beautiful coastal town located about an hour from Copenhagen. For us, this UNESCO World Heritage village was both a beautiful and practical option to get married in Denmark.


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3) How to get around in Denmark


Denmark has superb public transport in its larger cities. If you are getting married in Copenhagen then you can easily get around by intercity public transport. Heck if you are centrally located then you could just walk around – granted the weather is suitable.

Since our wedding was in Stevns, a small coastal village an hour away from Copenhagen, we decided to take rent a car. As always we rented a car from SIXT in Copenhagen city centre and this time as well we had a convenient car pick and drop-in experience.

Click here to find out a SIXT car rental offer in Denmark.


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You can also cut down travel costs by staying at a centrally located hotel. We stayed in Hotel Copenhagen Island which is just a few minutes away from Tivoli Gardens in the Vesterbro district. The area is also well connected with a train station just a stroll away.

Click here to check out the offers at Hotel Copenhagen Island.



4) What happens on your wedding day in Denmark


It is better to arrive in Denmark at least a couple of days prior to your wedding. This way you can also relax and prepare yourself for your big day.

Here is a general overview of what to expect on your wedding day in Denmark.


4.1) Presenting your documents at the town hall

On the day of your wedding, you should arrive at the registry office at least 15 minutes before the ceremony. The officer at the Town Hall will ask you to present your passports and residency permits/visas before the appointment. However, if your wedding is on a Saturday then documents must be presented the day earlier, on Friday.

This was recommended to us by our agency, although when we went to the town hall they informed us that it was not necessary to visit them on Friday. But you can call the office just to confirm this to avoid any issues.


4.2) Witnesses for your wedding day

Most town halls in Denmark provide witnesses at no extra cost on Monday – Friday. However, this service is usually not provided on Saturdays. If your wedding in Denmark is on a Saturday, you will need to bring your own two witnesses. Check this information before choosing a town hall so you can plan the witnesses in advance.


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4.3) Documenting and photographing your wedding ceremony

Pictures and video is allowed during the wedding ceremony. Most wedding agencies have several vendors including photographers who can offer you some discounts on their services.

We booked a photographer before the wedding and met her at the wedding venue. She joined us in the waiting room and covered the entire ceremony in the town hall. We also had additional two hours of photography sessions at Stevns Klint and Køge.


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4.4) Dress code for your wedding in Denmark

You can wear whatever you like for your ceremony, it can be formal or totally informal. When we were there, we saw brides wearing full-length wedding dresses complete with a bridal bouquet, veil and the whole deal. There was also a bride who was dressed casually in a non-white outfit. So you can go for whatever you wish! I chose a simple two-piece white wedding outfit because I wanted to go for a comfy semi-casual wedding look. Thomas on the other hand went for a dressy formal suit.


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4.5) Your wedding ceremony in Denmark

The wedding ceremony is quite short and lasts between 5 to 10 minutes. They are predominantly held in English making weddings widely accessible for all nationalities. You can request a German language ceremony in advance as well.

The officer will first take you to a waiting area and then when everything is ready you will be asked to go into the wedding hall.

Once everyone if in the hall, the registrar will begin the ceremony with a short speech. At the end of the speech, you will be formally asked whether you want to marry. When you have said, ‘I Do’ you will sign the wedding papers followed by your witnesses. You are also welcome to exchange rings and say short vows, but it is not mandatory.


4.6) Getting your wedding certificates

Your wedding registrar will hand you TWO wedding certificates immediately after the ceremony. You can also request up to five if you need them at no extra cost. These certificates are each issued in five languages (Danish, English, German, Spanish and French).

It is highly recommended that you check every detail on the certificates before leaving the town hall. If there is some error you can alert the officers and they will reissue a corrected version on the spot.


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5) Costs of getting married in Denmark


The wedding budget is a big deal for any couple. We also set aside some budget even though it was a small – a micro wedding – if you will!

Denmark is quite an expensive country and small expenses can add up very quickly. It is much easier if you set aside a budget for your wedding trip. If you are planning your wedding during nicer weather, you could turn this opportunity into an uncomplicated destination wedding as well!

The following is just a rough estimate since the cost of accommodation and flights can vary greatly depending on the season and your preferences. Let’s take a look at the breakdown of our spending (in euros) for getting married in Denmark.

Wedding agency – 1.045 €
Accommodation (per night) –  100 €
Flights – 350 €
Airport taxi transfer (ca. 20 mins ride) – 30 €
Rental car (1 day) – 40 €
Photographer (approx. 2 hours) – 600 €
A 3-course dinner in a fancy-ish restaurant (per adult) – 150 €
Dinner in a mid-range restaurant (per adult) – 70 €
A bottle of champagne – 125 €
A glass of wine – 12 €
A bottle of beer – 7 €
Wedding outfit (Bride) – 250 €
Wedding outfit (Groom) – 600 €
Wedding rings – 550 €

In total, we spent roughly 5000 € for our little ‘destination’ wedding in Denmark and a five-day stay. As you can see, some of these costs can be reduced drastically depending on personal taste or preferences.

I was able to have a budget wedding outfit by explicitly not buying anything related to ‘wedding or bridal’. My ‘bridal’ blouse was basically a casual lace crop top from NA-KD that I ordered online. I think my trench coat was the most expensive item in my wedding wardrobe. Thomas on the other hand went for a high-quality dressy suit, for which he paid the appropriate price. 😉



Depending on the location of your town hall, you may spend a little less on a hotel or transport. Same for our wedding dinner. We decided not to go for super fancy Michelin dining since Copenhagen is full of several high-quality restaurants. You can find great restaurants in any central neighbourhood of the city and have a great evening celebrating your wedding in Denmark.

We had a ‘wedding dinner’ for six at a place called Paté Paté in Vesterbro.



6) What happens after your wedding in Denmark


Minimal paperwork is involved after your wedding in Denmark. You can go ahead and enjoy the rest of your stay in Denmark. After all the day is about you as a couple enjoying getting married and not about waiting around for formalities to be completed. We were accompanied by my in-laws in Denmark and the next few days were basically resting and enjoying family time in Copenhagen.

If you have chosen to get an Apostille service, then you may have to wait a few more days, but that is it. We got the Apostille done through our wedding agency. They managed everything and promptly send us our certificate soon after our wedding day. It took just under a week to receive our certificate in the post.

After we received our Apostille, we notified our local registry office to set up an appointment so we can formalise the last loose ends in Germany. As of now, after 10 working days, we still have not received a response from our Beamter.

Tja…so much for the great German efficiency. 😉

After a few follow-ups and a month-long wait, we received an OK from our local Standeamt for our marriage in Denmark. That means our Danish marriage is recognised in Germany.


Read here how to change your tax class for joint tax filing in Germany as a couple



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So here was my long-ass guide about getting married in Denmark as a foreigner. I hope this will help anyone looking for information about marrying a german as a non-EU citizen.


Did you also get married in Denmark? Tell us about your experience in the comments below. Also, do you have any questions for me? Please feel free to ask me anything!

Hi there, I am the human behind this blog. If you could not tell by my photo, I am fueled by tea. My expat journey started at the age of 19. Germany has been my home for several years. I hope you will find some helpful insights if you are considering moving to Germany or already live here.


  • Rajat

    Hey Yamini, thank you for this detailed blog on this topic. It is really helpful. I am also in Germany(Freiburg) with a German partner and I am curious to know what were the main hurdles in the German bureaucracy? Documents wise, I see that birth certificate and translations(Birth certificate and single status certificate) are extra compared to what is required in Denmark. My knowledge is based on information available on the official standesamt website. But maybe you know the problems later in the process? I know the bureaucracy here is very very tiring to deal with but do you think after submitting all the necessary documents, one can actually have a marriage date within 3-4 months? Money wise I’d say there is not a big difference considering the extra agency costs in Denmark, right?

    Curious to know the problems you faced(time/money/documents) which made you prefer Denmark. And I mean even after getting married in Denmark, the standeamt in Germany might take 1-3 months to accept the marriage in Germany right?

    • Yamini

      Hey Rajat, preparing paperwork for Denmark was just easier for all the reasons you listed and the ones I’ve mentioned in my post. Since we got married in Denmark, I cannot comment on what hurdles could come later in the process if one were to get married in Germany instead.

      As for your last question, yes, our German standesamt was very slow to process our marriage certificate. But it was a matter of formality at this point because our marriage was already recognised officially.

  • Natasha Verma

    Hello Yamini
    Thanks a bunch for this wonderful blog. I’m from india living in germany for few years. I have a query regarding single status certificate/ Bachelorhood certificate. Do i require to obtain this certificate from home country, india? or from the country of residence?
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Natasha Verma

    • Yamini

      Hey Natasha, you need this certificate from every country where you have lived before moving to Germany – in your case it’d be India (or any other country where you lived long enough to register an address)

  • JC

    I gotta say that the process is not as easy as I thought. The amount of documents you need and the precision you need to make them is very annoying. Then the wait time to get an appointment in Copenhagen is at minimum 3 months. If you don’t employ someone like GMID to do your application, I can only imagine how long it would take going back and forth with the Danish bureaucracy. But enlisting their services will set you back 800 Euros. If you don’t want to wait for space to open up at the Copenhagen courthouse, then you’ll need to pay another 300 Euros for a private officiator.

    Getting married in Denmark is not a quick and painless process by any means. It’s not near impossible like it is Germany but by no means is it painless or quick. If you want a quick wedding, you’re better off going to the US like NYC where it seems like they literally don’t care about anything. Of course, if you need a US entry visa, this makes it irrelevant.

    • Yamini

      No experience with Danish bureaucracy here! Did you go the DIY route? I agree, it is defo easier to hire an agency to do everything, but one pays quite a bit. But it was worth it (for us) because we were tired of dealing with German bureaucracy for several years. 🙂

  • Felix

    Hi Katja,
    tks for this great website and help!

    Me and my fiancé want to get married this summer.
    She is Brazilian living still in Brazil, planned to come to Munich in the spring, ideal time for the marrige is End July.

    Could you kindly advice hwo do get married in Denmark?
    Do you know what documents we gonna need in Denmark? What to provide beforehand, and what at the wedding?

    Whats the time of the process?
    Do you also know the process for Visa validation for permanent residence after the wedding?

    Ty so much!!

  • tash

    Thank you so much for such a detailed description. I appreciate the effort that you put into writing this, and helping so many people.

  • Tamir

    Hi Yamini,
    Thanks for this thoughtful article and congratulations for your marriage. I am having the same kind of situation like yours. But i have only one question to ask.

    Does marriage agency process the visa from India to Denmark for the marriage? Because my fiancé lives in India.


    • Yamini

      Hi Tamir, you’re welcome. The wedding agency does not process visas on clients’ behalf. They only deal with the relevant authorities in Denmark.

  • Diya

    Hey Yamini,
    Thank you for this in detail blog, it is amazing. I was wondering, is it possible to get married without an agency? What do you say about it.

    • Yamini

      Hey Diya, of course – you definitely don’t need an agency to get married in Denmark. We used their services because we didn’t want to deal with bureaucracy/ too busy with work etc etc. I’ve heard of people who arranged everything with Danish authorities on their own so it’spossible. 🙂

  • Arpita

    Hi Yamini,

    Firstly thanks for such a detailed article, helped a lot. But I have a question about Apostille and I would appreciate if you can help?

    So me and my boyfriend we’re both Indian and are living in Germany since 6 years. We’re planning to get married in Denmark and since we read that Danish marriage certificate is valid and accepted in Germany without any additional legalisation, I was wondering what exactly was Apostille certificate were required for?
    We thought that it wouldn’t be necessary, but wanted to know from you since you already went through the experience.

    Thanks in advance.


    • Yamini

      Hey Arpita, thanks for the kind words.

      We took Apostille just to be on the safer side. In Germany legal requirements differ from state to state. Plus Apostille is also recognised in India and many other countries so we wanted to get done with legalising our marriage certificate for once and all. 🙂

  • Lily

    Hi Yamini!
    I really appreciate how much detail your put into this article. It is super helpful! I’m American and my boyfriend is German and reading the required documents for getting married in Germany has been extremely overwhelming so reading your article about a successful second option has made me feel a lot better! Thank you(:

    • Yamini

      Hey Lily, Thank you so much for the kind words. I know exactly what you mean. German bureaucracy is overwhelming indeed. Happy to hear that you found this helpful. And yeah, after our wedding experience I’m a Denmark fan and highly recommend it to international couples in Germany. 🙂 x

  • Priyanka

    Dear Yamini,

    Thank you so much for writing this wonderful gem.
    My partner and I (both Non-Resident Indians) will also start soon the process of getting married in Denmark. Just selected a wedding agency as well. 🙂
    I have a question regarding the registration of marriage in India. Did you register (or recognised) your marriage with Indian Authorities (Like Indian Embassy in Berlin or Munich Consulate)? Or as an Indian, you have to register (or inform) your marriage to Indian Authorities?
    We tried but couldn’t find any information on the internet or official website about it.
    Many thanks!

    • Yamini

      Hi Priyanka, congratulations! 🙂
      As far as I know, if you have an Apostille certification of your marriage, it is recognised in India as well. I already sent a copy of our marriage to the Indian consulate, but they never got back to me.

      • Akshita

        Hii Yamini

        I read your comment. I was myself wondering how to register wedding in India after getting married in Denmark. Did you get any response from Indian authorities?


      • Yamini

        Hi, I don’t think it’s necessary. We got it as an extra legalised document just in case something doesn’t work out with our responsible ABH or Büurgeramt. Bear in mind that legal requirements can vary across all German ABHs.

  • Hannah

    Hi Yamini, another question – could you share exaclty the steps to report the marriage to the Standesamt? Are there any other documents required? Is it necessary to report the marriage to the Standesamt? Does it not work automatically? Sorry for these questions. I need your help. Thanks

    • Yamini

      The best way is to get in touch with your local Standesamt and ask them what they need from you. There’s no standardised procedure for this since every state/ town in Germany has its own requirements.

  • Hannah

    Hi Yamini,

    May I ask the exact timeline of your marriage from sending of application and documents until the date when you received your okay signal from the Danish authorities for the exact date of marriage? I have applied since January this year but still have not received any okay signal from them. huhuhu

    • Yamini

      Hi Hannah, there are all your answers in the article already. 🙂 It took us about 4 weeks to get the marriage licence. Good luck with everything.

  • Mary Akgün

    Hi! first of all I would like to congratulate you on finally being recognized couple in the complicated world of germany. I am an Asian engeged to a Turkish national both living in Germany. we are also looking into getting married in Denamrk and your blog was actually very insightful. Super detailed. It will really help us with the planning because I am also very skeptic about agencies . I came across this agency several times already however we did not push through for the reason that we may get scammed. Thanks to your detailed blog, we finally can make some initial moves.

    I have seen that you were not required to submit a single status certificate, are both of you single prior to getting married ( i mean not divorced or anything)?

    • Yamini

      Hey Mary, Thanks for the kind words.

      Yes, working through an agency made thníngs very simple for us. But I’ve heard some couples were able to get married in Denmark without any ‘extra’ help haha
      As for your question – Yes, both of us were unmarried before our wedding. We were never asked for any single status certificates by Danish authorities.

      Good luck to you and your fiance with everything! 🙂

  • Olimpia

    Hey Yamini, thanks for the great article, by far one of the best out there when it comes to marriage in Denmark! I am also an expat living in Germany and I intend to marry a German in Denmark, but we don’t know which marriage laws will govern our union, but we’re hoping you can give us a hint: will it be the Danish or the German law? Thank you and all the very best!

  • Varij Kapil

    Hi Yamini,
    Thank you for such a detailed post.
    Very informative!

    I have a question regarding legalization. You mentioned the german part, how was it with the Indian counterpart? How was the process with the Indian Embassy with the legalization?


  • Elena

    Hi Yamini,

    thank you very much for your detailed description. I will defintiely check out the agency you recommended.

    I have an additional question concerning the marriage certificate. After you handed the Danish marriage certificate to the Bavarian Standesamt and it got recognised, did you receive a German marriage certificate or how does the recognition of the marriage look like?

    Thanks a lot in advance!
    Best regards,

    • Yamini

      Hey Elena,

      Thank you for the kind words 🙂 We emailed a scanned copy of the Apostille legalisation of our Danish marriage certificate to our local Standesamt. We got an email confirmation after a month that they have ‘processed’ our marriage into the system and we don’t need any additional German marriage certificate (according to our caseworker).

      • Sarah

        Hey, Congratulations on your wedding! And thank you so much for this blog!

        I am stuck in a similar situation.

        Did you have to face any entry restrictions at the Danish border, given the pandemic? Apparently the borders are currently closed even for those who have their documents approved for marriage. Did you have to show some documents at the airport or was there no such restriction back then?

        • Yamini

          Hey Sarah, Thank you 🙂

          That’s correct, back then there were no travel restrictions between German-Danish borders. Good luck to you with everything.

  • Aakash Shetty

    Hey Yamini, First of all, congratulations.

    Thanks a lot for such useful content. I had a question regarding “Certificate of marital status” to prove that a person is single. Do you have any information regarding that? Were you asked for it?

    Thank you for your help.

    • Yamini

      Hey Aakash, thank you very much! 🙂 For getting married in Denmark, none of us was asked for the ‘Single status’ certificate. Just the documents that I listed in the article. Hope it helps!

  • NX

    I love this information so much and it really is so helpful 🙂

    I actually have a question, how long do you actually have to wait from the Standesamt until your documents are done and being a husband-wife officially in Germany?


    • Yamini

      Hey there! We waited for about 1 month before the German Standesamt confirmed our wedding. This is in a Bavarian town. Can’t speak for other parts of Germany 🙂 Thank you for the kind words 🙂 Now we just have to inform Finanzamt to change the tax class.

  • Rianna

    This is such an insightful blog! I am in the same situation with my fiance and I found the details on this article very exact, to the point. Love the added humour! 🙂


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