Marrying in Portugal

The number of people coming from all four corners of the world to get married in Portugal keeps growing.

According to PORDATA, the Database of Contemporary Portugal, in 2020 were celebrated 722 marriages in Portugal between foreign people. On the other hand, in 1984 this number was significantly lower, with only 85 marriages of this kind.

The reasons that justify that so many foreign people choose Portugal as the destination for the happiest day of their lives are a lot, but we can highlight the simplicity and fastness of the process, the great locations for ceremonies, the nice climate all year round, amazing food, good centrality of the country when related to Europe, Brazil and United States and, of course, an excellent quality-price of all services.

The process starts with the submission of all the necessary documentation in the Civil Registry, which can be done in person or through a lawyer authorized to do so.

The bride and groom must choose between civil or religious marriage, stating for this purpose the place where they intend to celebrate the marriage and the regime of assets to be applied. It should also be noted that in the case of same-sex marriages, the only type of marriage possible under current Portuguese law is civil marriage.

To start the process, the following documents should be presented:

  • Identification documents such as residence permit, passport or equivalent;
  • Pré-marital Agreement (if any);
  • Birth certificate;
  • Declaration of marital capacity issued by their home country or a document proving that the country does not issue this kind of certificate.

After the marriage being authorized by the Civil Registry, the bride and groom have 6 months to celebrate it, taking into consideration that the date and time of the wedding celebration should be agreed between the Civil Registry and them and the fact that if one of them does not understand the Portuguese language, a translator should be appointed

The marriage process costs between €120 and €200, depending on the time and place of the ceremony, noting that there might be additional cost in case any other service being requested to the Civil Registry, such as including the premarital agreement (between 100€ and 160€).

In a sum, this turns out to be a simple process with reduced impact in the economies of the couple.

The content of this information does not constitute any specific legal advice; the latter can only be given when faced with a specific case. Please contact us for any further clarification or information deemed necessary in what concerns the application of the law.