Couples who want to settle down and to spend the rest of their lives together may decide to get married. But, getting married involves a lot of preparation not to mention the big amount of money needed for the church wedding.
This is the reason why many couple decide to have a civil wedding instead. It’s because civil wedding is cheaper as compared to a church wedding and the process is more convenient and faster. A mayor or a RTC court judge may officiate the civil wedding.
Civil Wedding Requirements
- Marriage license – The couple must apply for a marriage license either for a civil or church wedding. There are requirements needed before the marriage license is granted including the following:
- Certified true copy of birth certificate (issued by PSA) of both parties
- Affidavit of parental advice (if the couple is between 21 to 24 years old)
- Affidavit of parental consent (if the couple is between 18 to 20 years old)
- Certificate of Singleness or Certificate of No Marriage
- Certificate of attendance in family planning, responsible parenthood seminar, and pre-marriage counselling
- Community tax certificate
- Barangay clearance
- 1×1 photo (black and white or colored)
- 2 valid IDs
- Application form for marriage license
- Death certificate (if widower/widow)
- Annulment paper/divorced paper
- Legal capacity to marry (if foreigner), issued by the embassy
- Photocopy of passport (if foreigner)
- Certified true copy of birth certificate (issued by NSO) and baptismal certificate of the couple
- Community tax certificate of both parties
- 1 pc. ID photo (in black or white or colored background)
- Wedding seminar certificate of attendance
- Letter of intent to marry – The name of your fiancée and suggested wedding dates should appear in the letter and there should be a signature affixed in it.
There are other requirements or documents that the civil registrar may request as the need arises.
Civil Wedding Procedures:
- Visit the Civil Registrar’s Office of the place where you intend to get married. Submit the requirements and pay the necessary fees.
- Submit the letter of intent to marry to the Mayor’s office along with the marriage license.
- Wait for the confirmation of availability of the suggested wedding date.
Look for at least two people who will be your witnesses and they should be of legal age. Parents or guardians are required if one of the couple is under legal age.