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Wedding in Turkey: Legal Requirements

legal wedding in Turkey requirements

Hosting a luxury destination wedding in Turkey is a dream for many couples and it requires people to comply by the legal wedding requirements in Turkey. Turkey boasts of beautiful sites, beaches, mountains, resorts, and wonderful cities- all of these sites are often preferred by couples.

    What is considered a wedding in Turkey?

    As per the Turkish Marriage Legislation and regulations, a Turkish national and a foreigner or two foreigners with different nationalities can get married in the country. Further, two foreigners from the same nationality can marry in Turkey either in the offices of their own Country’s Embassy or in the Turkish Marriage Offices run by local municipalities. Civil weddings are only recognised by the state. Therefore, please be aware that religious weddings are not enough.

    Legal weddings in Turkey must be only recognised as such, when conducted by Turkish authorities and regulated as per the Tukey Civil Code. 

    Wedding in Turkey: Legal Requirements

    As per the government of Turkey, for a wedding in Turkey, the legal requirements are as follows:

    1. Capacity To Marry: Minimum age requirements to get married in Turkey is 18. Moreover, mental illness can be a bar to marriage as a person is required to be of sound mental capacity to make fair judgements/decisions to get married.
    2. Absence of consanguinity: Marriage between close relatives is prohibited.
    3. Already existing marriage: Couples already married cannot enter into a marriage with anyone else. This is due to the fact that monogamy is  one of the fundamental requirements Turkish family law.
    4. Waiting period: Married women whose marriage has been dissolved cannot marry before the expiration of three hundred days from the date of dissolution.
    5. Sickness/Illness: Certain medical conditions can prove to be obstacles to getting married in Turkey.

    Wedding in Turkey (Legal Requirements): Documentation

    • Petition of the marriage
    • Passport, Identification card, birth certificate
    • Health certificate
    • 4-6 pictures of the bride and groom
    • Certificate of Capacity to Marry (Single, divorce, widow or widowed.)
    • Hotel to issue accommodation data

    Also, each Mayoral District has a marriage bureau. Learn which district your residence falls and pick up a “Marriage Declaration” form (Evlenme Beyannamesi), from the Marriage Bureau.

    To read further about hosting a luxury destination wedding in Turkey, click here.

    Wedding in turkey legal requirements

    The Entire Process: Our Consulting Services

    The wedding registration process in Turkey usually takes 15-30 days in general after submission of the application. However, we can take care of the entire process and arrange everything in 3-6 working days from the date of your arrival in Istanbul if the right documents are submitted on time from your end.

    We welcome you to opt for a quick and hassle free civil marriage registration in Istanbul with the following services:

    • Consultation on the required documents and double checking them before you arrive in Turkey
    • Translation of essential documents into Turkish, legalized by the authorised notary
    • Arranging a medical certificate (blood test usually takes 3 days but we can get it done in 24 hours)
    • Filling out the marriage applications with zero mistakes
    • Scheduling a quick appointment with the marriage office for the earliest possible wedding date (usually you get it after 1-2 weeks of submission but our team can arrange it in 2-3 days)
    •  A wedding in Turkey has more legal requirements such as having an authorised translator and 2 witnesses for your registration
    • Covering the costs and fees of the marriage registration office and the ceremony hall at the municipality
    • Complimentary photoshoots during the registration ceremony
    • Translation and legalization of the marriage certificate
    In case you have any questions about our consulting charges or the process, feel free to contact/WhatsApp our team at +91 9560 788968.
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