Civil wedding is a legal binding law on marriage no lesser than the church wedding, only at a lesser cost. It is usually conducted by a judge and can also be performed by a mayor of a municipality or a city. Many Filipinos resort on this alternative due to tight budget and much quicker preparation. Submit the needed requirements, provide witnesses and your wedding is set.
Letter of Intent to Marry
This letter should express both parties' intent to marry and the name of your fiancée, your signature and your suggested wedding dates.
- If widowed, Certified True Copy of Death Certificate o deceased spouse.
- If divorce or annulled, a copy of Final Decree of Absolute Divorce or Court Decision and Absolute Decree of Finality from the court.
- For foreigners, Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry (or Certificate of No Impediment issued by the consular office / embassy of the foreigner’s country and a photocopy of passport (showing the date of Arrival and Data)
After meeting all the needed requirements for your wedding, all you need to do is go through the process which may just take a while.
Go to your civil registrar’s office to apply and pay the required fees. Make sure to deal only with the Civil Registrar’s Office.
Proceed to the Mayor’s office and submit the Letter of Intent to Marry together with the marriage license to the secretary.
Wait for the confirmation that you suggested wedding dates are available. If you have preferred venue, seek the approval of your chosen officiate first.
Find at least two people within the legal age who will serve as your witnesses. A parent or a guardian is required if either of the parties are under the legal age of 18.
During your wedding day, you need to pay a filing fee which usually costs 100 pesos. This is to enable them to forward their own duplicate of the marriage contract to the local civil registrar.
Proceed to the official civil wedding ceremony.
Whether its a simple civil wedding or a luxurious wedding at a famous cathedral, all that matters is your genuine love for each other.
This article is filed under: Philippine Law, Civil Wedding, Civil Wedding Legality, Civil Wedding Requirements, Civil Wedding Process
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