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Wedding in Georgia for UAE residents

Do you want to sign all the documents as soon as possible and finally become husband and wife? We are convinced: you will not find a better place for a quick and affordable marriage than Georgia. Because in Georgia everyone can get married just in one day!

But the advantages of Georgia are not limited by the simplicity of paperwork. This ancient and rich culture is located exactly at the intersection of Europe and Asia. Here you will find many opportunities for an exciting and enjoyable vacation, as well as incredibly beautiful nature that will affect the most subtle notes of your soul. Snow-capped mountains that touch the sky; rainforests bordering the sea coast; boundless vineyards bathed in the sun; real deserts and monasteries carved in stone. All this will become a perfect place for the most unforgettable day in your life!

Why do couples from the UAE choose Georgia?

Georgia is a hospitable and tolerant country. Georgians are sincerely happy to have any guests, regardless of their religion and nationality. In the streets of Tbilisi you will meet people from various countries and cultures. You can hear English, Arabic, Turkish and Russian. Here you will have a chance to go to a mosque, a Catholic church or an Orthodox church. When you decide to do your wedding in Georgia, you will meet no obstacles: neither political ones, nor religious ones. No matter what citizenship you have you will be able to register your marriage fast and easy.

The UAE residents can also easily get to Georgia. Two direct flights from Dubai fly to the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, every day. Prices for a round-trip ticket range from $300. The flight duration is only 3.5 hours, and since the airport is within the city area, you will reach Tbilisi center in 30 minutes. You don’t need to apply for a visa to come to Georgia: residents of most countries can stay there for a year without registration.

For those of you who have decided not to be limited by a simple registration (which costs only from $420) and want to celebrate this significant event, the price level for various services in the country will be a pleasant surprise. A special dinner for two in one of the restaurants in Tbilisi will cost from $90.

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What needs to be done to get married in Georgia?

When you decide on the date of your celebration, just send us an on-line request to organize your wedding at least two weeks before the scheduled date. We need only color scans of your passports. For couples planning an onsite registration in one of the regions of the country, it will also be necessary to prepare a legalized and notarized power of attorney in the name of your wedding planner. If you have any difficulties with issuing a power of attorney, then you just need to come two days before the scheduled wedding date and apply for marriage registration in one of the registry offices of Tbilisi.

Other documents that may also be needed:

  • If you have a residence permit in the UAE: clear and colour scans of the document.
  • If you have previously been married or have a common minor child: clear scans of a copy of the divorce certificate, scans of a copy of the birth certificate of a child, which must be legalized and certified by a notary.
  • Clear scans of the passports of two witnesses. If only two of you will arrive, no problem — we will provide witnesses.

The marriage registration procedure takes no more than a couple of hours. Legalization of a marriage certificate for the UAE on average will take from 2 to 4 weeks. When the documents are ready and translated, we will send them to you by registered mail to any address convenient to you.

How to choose a place for a wedding?

If you prefer to have just an official registration, then Tbilisi is the perfect location for you. A couple of hours — and you are already husband and wife. But do not miss the opportunity to get to know Georgia a little closer, because the memories of this day will be even brighter. Right after the registration, you can walk along the cobbled streets of the old city and feel all historical layers of this ancient city. In the center of Tbilisi, there are famous baths on natural sulfur springs. Be sure to take a couple of pictures in front of this colorful place.

There is also a real city of love in Georgia — Sighnaghi. Its registry office works around the clock, like in Las Vegas! 🙂 How many romantic stories this sun-drenched city keeps in the eastern region of Kakheti! From the walls of the city fortress, there is a stunning view of the famous Alazani Valley. It is so large that on the horizon it completely dissolves in the warm southern sky.

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Depending on your preferences and the number of days that you decide to spend in Georgia, we will help you choose the location for an onsite registration almost anywhere in the country. You will have a difficult choice: a fabulous forest or a pier of a mountain lake, the highest mountains of the Caucasus or vineyards buried in greenery and bathed in the sun, a rocky coast or an ancient monastery carved into a rock? We will find the perfect place for you!

To appreciate the beauty and diversity of Georgia’s natural and cultural treasure, plan a short vacation before or after the wedding. So you can immerse into the atmosphere of the hospitality of the locals, try the world-famous Georgian cuisine and see the real miracle of the unique nature of different regions of this country. We promise that after meeting Georgia a piece of your heart will stay here forever. And we will make sure that these days are filled for you only with the most beautiful and warm impressions!

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Wedding in Mtskheta and Jvari

Are you choosing a wedding venue in Georgia? Then you have probably heard that this country is famous for its numerous Orthodox churches and monasteries. Today we are travelling to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia and its religious center. This is one of our couples’ favourite places. Proximity to Tbilisi, rich history, hills and mountains… How is Georgia possible without mountains?

Why Mtskheta?

Mtskheta was the capital of Georgia until the V century, and it still remains the most significant historical place for the Georgians and country’s guests. This ancient city is located just a couple of kilometers away from Tbilisi, which is important for those who are planning their wedding in the capital. A short trip to Mtskheta will perfectly fit into a limited budget or a strict schedule. For example, you could register your marriage in one of Tbilisi city halls, have a photoshoot in Mtskheta and then come back for the dinner with a spectacular view of the shimmering Tbilisi skyline. Short distances between the cities allow us to facilitate logistics and have enough time to visit both locations.

A trip to Mtskheta includes a walk around the narrow cobbled streets and a visit of two main city sights — Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari Monastery. The first one was built in the XI century and despite much damage, still preserves this unique spirit of ancient history in its thick walls. You can make great photos inside of Svetitskhoveli or on the site behind the cathedral, overlooking the mighty Jvari, towering above the rivers. By the way, you can request an official Public Service hall representative and have a cozy ceremony right at this place. The ceremony surrounded by two main churches of Georgia will be a truly solemn lifetime experience. 

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The official registration and church wedding

You can also register your marriage in Mtskheta. The public hall is located in front of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral: a private hall can fit up to 40 people. The application must be submitted one week before the date of your marriage. If you are not planning to come to Mtskheta beforehand, just send us all your documents by express mail. We will prepare all the necessary papers and submit them on your behalf by proxy.

While planning your church wedding in Svetitskhoveli, it is important to remember that this cathedral is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, which means that thousands of couples from all over the world travel to Mtskheta to have their wedding there. Marriage ceremony at this place will probably not become a moment of intimacy in the sight of God for you two, as the number of tourists remains large here at any time of the year. The ceremony in Svetitskhoveli will allow you to become part of a centuries-old history, though for a more secluded and solemn wedding we would recommend that you choose another, more private, church. We will be glad to help you find one.

The number of tourists in Mtskheta remains large at any time of the year.


Jvari Monastery

Not far from Mtskheta, on the rocky mountain top, there is the famous Jvari Monastery, a church built in the VI century. This site is known world-wide for its incredible view: it stands right at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. This place if perfect for a romantic photoshoot (a love-story, for example), or for an outdoor ceremony at the monastery’s walls. If you choose Jvari for your wedding, note that it is located on a hill, thus it has significant weather peculiarities. In the summer it might get very hot up there, and there are strong winds almost at any time (especially in spring).  Gusts of wind can be so severe that sometimes we are hardly able to place the ceremony decoration. Despite such conditions, Jvari still remains one of the most visited locations for wedding photoshoots in Georgia.

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Mtskheta and Jvari are the most popular sites close to Tbilisi, but they are not the only beautiful locations nearby. For example, just a 20-minute drive away from the city, there is the Kojori fortress, which has an amazing view of the mountain tops and, covered with summer haze. While planning your wedding in Tbilisi, you get a great chance to visit several locations nearby without big expenses. Tell us about your dreams and we will create an individual itinerary just for you! 🙂

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Wedding at the seaside in Batumi

Are you looking for a wedding venue and you have to choose between the mountains and the seaside? No need to choose anymore, as we have found the universal option for you 😊. In this article we are going to talk about wedding in Batumi: we will look through the pros and cons of this destination, visit a couple of best venues and show you in what way the Black Sea coast will definitely amaze you.

More and more couples come to us with a strong desire to make a difference, go beyond our popular packages and find a truly special place for their wedding. Luckily, we are dealing with Georgia, a land full of amazing locations. We are happy to hear about your brave dreams and it is a pleasure for us to venture into the unexplored and find new routes for your special day. In recent years, Batumi has become one of such new wedding destinations. This controversial city raises questions, it repels or makes you fall in love with it, but it surely doesn’t let you stay indifferent. Today we are going to share our experience and tell you why you should choose Batumi for you destination wedding in Georgia.брать Батуми.

Beauty and the sea

To begin with, there is the sea. The vast Batumi seashore has not just crowded tourist beaches, but also various secluded nooks, where waves crash into the rocks with a rhythmic sound. Free spirit and bright expressiveness dwell here. Reciting the vows in such a place will fill these words with the energy of wild force. For those who prefer comfort, we offer to choose a private beaches or a pier of one of the hotels. Here, surrounded by your loved ones, you will have a cozy ceremony in front of the sky colored with sunset. 

However, it’s not just about the sea. Batumi is a surprising blend of skyscrapers, rocky gorges, mountains, waterfalls and woods. And the famous Batumi Botanical Garden, of course, one of the most visited sights in the region. It is so beautiful that a part of your heart will surely be left here. Do not rush to grasp it all in one visit, come back later for a leisurely walk. Take your time, explore every corner, touch each petal and smell each scent. By the way, we recommend you to choose Botanical Garden if you are planning your wedding in spring. At this time of year it turns into a real magical world of exotic flowers. After taking some wedding photos with colorful plants in the background, you could visit a quiet beach called Green cape situated nearby. Usually there are not many people due to its remoteness, so there you will manage to capture the intimate moment of your unity being born right in front of the endless sea.

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Wedding in Batumi is a great opportunity to arrange a true sea adventure for yourselves and your guests. For example, place the ceremony at the seaside, have a photo shoot in the Botanical garden, and the dinner on a terrace overlooking the tranquil sea and mountain layers on the horizon. Or you could have the ceremony in the Botanical garden itself and then go to the waterfalls half an hour drive away. Batumi offers a big choice of various routes for your wedding day, so just tell us about your dreams. We will develop an individual itinerary with accordance to your preferences. 

(c) Serg Butko
(c) Serg Butko
(c) Serg Butko

This controversial city raises questions, it repels or makes you fall in love with it, but it surely doesn’t let you stay indifferent.


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Weather and budget

Although a mix of mountains and the sea creates magnificent skyline and fresh air, it also causes frequent unpredictable rains. Batumi climate is very capricious. Unfortunately, this complicates the process of weather forecasting. As is happens with weddings in the mountains, for wedding in Batumi we always develop Plan B in case of heavy rain. We constantly check on the weather and prepare umbrellas and raincoats in advance if the ceremony is arranged at the seaside or any other open area. All this helps us to be prepared for any mood swings and surprises from nature, besides natural disasters only.

Another aspect that must be taken into account while planning your destination wedding in Batumi is the features of services market in Adjara region. As it is a quickly developing city, service level and quality of the services provided by local specialists sometimes do not meet Ori standards. It is crucial for us that we work only with the vendors who proved to be professional and responsible. That is why in order to follow our essential standards, sometimes we invite vendors from Tbilisi. This causes an increase of their services’ cost, but in return you get a team of trustworthy professionals who we’ve been cooperating with for years. In addition, Batumi has an airport which will let you optimize travel expenditure for yourselves and your guests.

Official marriage registration

If you have decided to register your marriage in Batumi, there are two options for you: a free registration in the Justice Hall or a paid onsite service which can be held anywhere in or around the city. It will take approximately 3 hours to have the procedure in the Justice Hall: it depends on the waiting time. Apply for it in the morning, go for a photo shoot by the sea and return for registering and getting the certificate. 

However, registration in Justice Hall is just a formal due process, far from solemnity. If you dream of saying the most important words in a romantic place, standing in front of the beautifully decorated arch, surrounded by your family and friends, pick the onsite registration. This option provides a limitless field for your imagination. Will it be a wild forest far from the city or a rocky coast of the Black sea? Feel free to dream big and unusual!

If you have chosen the onsite registration, you need to apply for it on a business day 24 hours prior to the chosen date. Pay attention that the Ceremony Hall doesn’t work on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In case you do not plan to arrive in Batumi beforehand, just send the power of attorney and scanned copies of your passports to our email. We will handle this task ourselves. 

Risks and care

Before we finish our story about wedding in Batumi, we’d like to ask you, our couples, for a favor. We love you creativity and desire to risk, we will follow your inspiration wherever it takes us. If you dream of a wedding by the sea and are looking for a secluded place for a ceremony to the sound of the waves, remember of your wedding planners and guests. Sometimes organization of an event requires hundreds of kilograms of equipment, decoration, chairs, and buffet. No matter how remote and secluded the place you’ve chosen is, it is important that we could get there by car. This is not a simple task as such a place has to be beautiful, distant but accessible. We believe that if we take care of each other’s comfort we will manage to find a place like that. A perfect place for the ceremony of your dreams!

Wedding in Batumi is a great opportunity to arrange a true sea adventure for yourselves and your guests.


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Why Choose a Wedding Planner?

Every couple who decides to plan a wedding faces this essential question: should they do it themselves or is it better to hire a professional? Some couples consider that planning on their own is an exciting adventure to the world of restaurants, photographers and bouquets. Others find event organization time-consuming and complicated. In these cases, wedding planner is definitely an answer: it will surely save you from losing your mind in a pre-holiday fuss and added stress. In this article, we talk about those difficulties which might arise while you arrange a wedding on your own. We reflect on how wedding planner deals with these challenges and illustrate it with some examples.

Wedding planner = experience

Event organization on your own is typically characterized by lack of experience in the field. Even if you are a hair and makeup artist or you have a friend who is a designer. Many people get very enthusiastic about such new tasks as they are challenging, inspiring and invigorating. They will also bring you a couple of unforgettable stories which you’ll be able to share with your friends later, over a cup of tea.

But these stories might be not that pleasant sometimes. We’ve been told about several cases where an inexperienced couple has chosen an unreliable photographer (or a friend who had just a part-time job as a photographer) and ended up losing all the materials because of the photographer’s irresponsibility. One mistake can ruin weeks of all your hard work.

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Professional wedding planner will spare you such mistakes. They have done all the mistakes before they started working with you :). The team have become experts in what they do. Wedding planner knows which seasonal flowers will wither before they are even placed on the ceremony arch. Wedding planner knows what unexpected difficulties each region might offer. That is why a planner always thinks through Plan B so that a sudden rain doesn’t spoil your beautiful feast in the mountains or in the vineyards. A planner will also know what to do in case of emergency. When a wedding cake falls down right on the floor, they will quietly replace it and nobody will notice the change. Sometimes our planners become florists, tailors, psychiatrists and even meteorologists! We’ve been through a lot, and we are ready for almost everything. 

Experienced wedding planner will help you plan your budget wisely: they will stay within your preferred budget, without compromising the overall quality. As the main goal of the team is not to benefit but to achieve guaranteed result, create lifelong memories. Wedding expert thoroughly calculates all expenses which helps you to avoid unreasonable spending. 

A planner will also know what to do in case of emergency. When a wedding cake falls down right on the floor, they will quietly replace it and nobody will notice the change.


Wedding planner = knowledge of the venues

Choosing a wedding venue is an essential step in your wedding planning. This might be the most difficult task for couples who plan their distance wedding. Unfortunately, few hotel and restaurant web-sites provide credible and realistic photos of their venues, so quite often they don’t help you to create a whole picture of the place. Also, you have surely been in the situation when image doesn’t correspond with the reality at all. To save the situation, find a couple of friends who have visited some of these places and ask them to share their thoughts and impressions with you. Vivid images and personal experience will help you get a better idea of these venues.

When you hire a wedding planner, you get not just a person who has been at all the wedding venues in the country, but also – and this is more important – knows them from the inside. Our team members, for example, regularly examine the quality of the services our partners offer: they visit restaurants together with their friends and relax in the hotels with their families. We recommend only those places which we have verified ourselves.

Wedding planner will not miss any important details which your friends might accidentally leave out. He/she will draw your attention to those advantages which can seem insignificant at first glance (convenient walking routes for your beautiful wedding photos), and point to not so obvious disadvantages (long distance from the airport). After a careful overview of the venue’s features and thorough discussion with your planner, you will surely get exactly what you were expecting to see. The reality will be just as you have dreamed about it for months or even years.

(с) Anastasia Sholkova

Wedding planner = a trustworthy team of vendors

Planning a distance wedding poses a risk of collaboration with amateurs or unconscientious vendors. Even if you have chosen someone on the recommendations of your acquaintances, you can never be sure that you will get what you’ve agreed about in the first place. Wedding agency located right in your chosen country, among others, has one significant advantage: the team communicates with all the contractors in person. Experienced wedding agency maintains relationships with those partners who have proved to be responsible and reliable. That is why, while signing a contract with a wedding planner, you sign a contract with a numerous team of trustworthy vendors in all fields.

(с) Anna Khomutova
(с) Anna Khomutova

Wedding planner = confidence and tranquillity

Contract provides guarantees. We always sign a contract with our couples, so we commit ourselves to have full responsibility for services we provide. If anyone involved in your wedding organization has an emergency right on your big day, we immediately provide a substitute of the same quality. As we must make sure that all the details of your wedding are under control. Also, wedding planner sticks to a strict schedule, and we even control each contractor from the moment they leave home till the moment they fully provide their services.

Rely on a wedding planner and you will spare yourself trouble and concern. There will be no worries whether your guests don’t get wet under a heavy rain in the mountains or whether there is enough food and wine for everybody. Let your thoughtful wedding planner manage any arising issues and clear your mind for the most beautiful thoughts. All you have to do is just relax and enjoy, while we take care of nice weather, delicious food and cool photos!

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Registry Offices of Tbilisi

Many couples dream of an original wedding abroad, surrounded by ancient rich culture and beautiful nature of Georgia. Some of the couples prefer to complete all formal procedures in their own country, and go to Georgia just to organize symbolic ceremony and wedding dinner. But not all the newlyweds have heard that Georgia has one of the most simplified procedures of marriage registration. Registration at the Georgian State Registry Office will no longer seem such a complicated task.

Which registry office to choose? What is the difference between them and what is important to take into consideration while submitting the application? In our new article we answer all these questions. Сhoosing a registry office for your wedding now becomes a quick and easy step on the way to your big dream.

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General info

There are three registry offices in Tbilisi which provide a civil marriage procedure to the foreign citizens. The main differences between them are their location, interior and price. Normally, the price for the business days is lower than the price for the weekend, so at this stage you will have an opportunity to optimize your wedding budget. Below we are going to talk about private ceremonies which you need to pay for, but firstly we would also like to mention a ceremony in the public hall of the Justice House. This will be free for you, but the entire process of submitting the application and waiting time might last from a couple of hours to the whole day. Thus, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee to our couples that they will have a quick and comfortable procedure here. The paid private ritual, otherwise, will take you just 20 minutes! After a short and pleasant ceremony in the elegant hall, you can continue your feast at the photo shoot in the narrow streets of Tbilisi or at the cozy dinner with a splendid night view of the old city.

The Justice House

Apart from the public hall, there is a closed private hall for wedding ceremonies in the Justice House. This hall has its own separate entrance, hidden from the public. You will enter this beautiful room to the solemn music and no one will violate the significance of this instant. The private hall has been fully renovated recently: now it is designed in a modern style with the use of white, beige and blue colours. Decorations of fresh flowers add softness and tenderness to the overall interior. By the way, just right near the House of Justice there is the Dedaena park (park of the mother tongue) and a popular tourist sight, The Dry Bridge with its colourful flea market. After having the ceremony, you can visit these lovely places, take some nice pictures and then move to the city centre. 

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Family is one of the main values in Georgian culture.


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Konka Registry Office

The second registry office we’d like to tell you about is located not far away from the famous Gabriadze Theatre, right in the heart of the old city. The building of the Konka Registry Office was constructed in 1897, which makes it the oldest registry office in the entire country. Its rooms are regularly renovated, but the initial authenticity and unique ancient style of the place stay as charming as always. This registry office will be suitable for couples who want to celebrate the creation of their family being surrounded by the traditional Georgian style. Here, on the balcony of the building, you may also start your photo shot: its carved arches and patterned banisters will become a perfect background for your first wedding photos. The location of this registry office is also convenient: within just a ten minutes walk, you reach the mystical labyrinths of Tbilisi, covered with centuries-old cobblestone and filled with tiny Italian courtyards.

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Within just a ten minutes walk, you reach the mystical labyrinths of Tbilisi, covered with centuries-old cobblestone and filled with tiny Italian courtyards.


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Mtatsminda Registry Office

If you dream of a quiet ceremony in harmony with nature, we’d recommend you to take a look at the third registry office in Tbilisi: it is situated on mount Mtatsminda, in the park with the same name. Stepping inside this registry office, you find yourself in a spacious glass hall surrounded by amazing wood from all angles. Imagine how harmonious and peaceful your ceremony will in such a placid location: panoramic windows, classical interior, light colours in decor, dense forest, rich mountain air, filled with the smell of pine trees… A ceremony inspired by the beautiful tranquility of nature!

Mtatsminda registry office also offers wonderful locations for your wedding photo shoot. During your photo walk around the park, you could go to the viewing point, for example, and take amazing pictures in front of the ancient city frozen in tranquil summer bliss. We also need to note that ceremony at this registry office formally is an onsite registration, that is why its price is higher than the price for the ceremony in the Justice House or Konka registry office.

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Georgia is about love

Apart from the registry offices of Tbilisi, we also work with other towns, such as Sighnaghi, Batumi, Kvareli, Kazbegi. We will be glad to find the most convenient registry office option in accordance with the wedding venue you will choose. As the official language of marriage procedures is Georgian, at your request, we could also arrange for the presence of an interpreter to any language you would prefer your ceremony to be held in. If you’d like to read about all the formal stages of civil marriage in Georgia, we recommend that you also check our article.

To conclude our review, we’d like to share with you one beautiful ancient wedding custom, which you become part of when you register your marriage in Georgia. All the newlyweds, having the civil ceremony here, receive a traditional present – a deluxe edition of Shota Rustaveli’s book called “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” and a bottle of champagne :). This classic Georgian poem is meant to symbolize the harmony in relationships between men and women. This is the book that was traditionally presented by a father to his daughter when she was getting married: the poem was supposed to become the first book in their new family library. As there is a reason why they say family is one of the main holy values in Georgian culture.

See you in the country of love!

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Church wedding in Georgia: choosing the location and preparation

Hospitable Georgia is famous not only for its local colour, culture and cuisine, but also for its numerous ancient churches and monasteries. This country was one of the first ones to convert to Christianity in IV century: think of how long and rich the religious tradition is here! In that regard, our couples ask us if it is possible to arrange a church wedding for non-residents. What are the steps for it? What is the language of the ceremony? How to choose the church? The ceremony of the church wedding is a delicate and complicated question, that is why we decided to write a special feature on this topic. Below you will find some information about the formal steps in this process, and also description of several churches that are the most suitable ones for a church wedding.

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Choosing the church

So, you have decided not only to have a wedding in Georgia but also to have a church ceremony in this beautiful warm country as well. The first question that you face is choosing the location. It is important to note that not every church of Georgia offers an orthodox ceremony for foreign citizens. This is due to the fact that most of the church services are held in Georgian: a lot of priests do not agree to conduct this service if the couple doesn’t understand its language. Therefore, as soon as you make a decision considering the city for your wedding, you should better consult with your wedding planner regarding the availability of the ceremonies for foreigners in this particular church.

Church wedding in Tbilisi

Tbilisi is probably the most accessible and democratic option for the orthodox couples who don’t speak Georgian. Firstly, in Tbilisi there are three Russian orthodox churches — St. Alexander the Neva church, The Archangel Michael church and Lurji (Blue) Monastery. All of them have services in Church Slavonic language.

Secondly, there are several cathedrals where you can have a church wedding in Georgian language. First and foremost, it is the main cathedral of Georgian Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church — Sameba Cathedral. This grand building is among the highest orthodox cathedrals in the world: the wedding ceremony at this place will leave a truly unforgettable impression in your heart! The second-most popular places in Tbilisi is the Sioni Cathedral of the Dormition, which was previously the main cathedral of Georgian Church. This uniquely beautiful church is smaller and more cosy than the new one, so it will be more suitable for a private ceremony.

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As soon as you make a decision considering the city for your wedding, you’d better consult with your wedding planner regarding the availability of the ceremonies for foreigners in this particular church.


Mtskheta and Jvari

Forty minutes from Tbilisi, there is a famous old capital of Georgia Mtskheta and a Jvari Monastery situated not far away from it. The central sight of Mtskheta is one of the oldest cathedrals of Georgia — The Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. This holy place is recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Thanks to this, thousands of couples from all over the world choose this location as a place that will unite their hearts in a sacred marriage. We also recommend to consider the Jvari Monastery, one more church with a centuries-old history. It was built in the VI century, and from the area in front of it, there is an unforgettable view of the two rivers’ confluence. This view became a classical symbol of many Russian and Georgian poets. You can combine church marriage at Jvari with a photo session against this amazing background: it will surely complete this special day!

(с) Anastasia Sholkova

Marriage in the mountains and by the sea

If you prefer the mighty mountain scenery and you want to have a church wedding surrounded by magic ridges, swift winds and breathtaking views, you’d better choose the Trinity Church in Gergeti village, close to Kazbegi. You have probably seen the stunning views from the famous Rooms Hotel Terrace: imagine what a meaningful experience it will be to have a wedding at this grand mountain peak! It feels like you really get closer to God there… Remember also that the ceremony at Gergeti church is held in Georgian only.

For the couples who prefer the atmosphere of a seaside town, we can offer the wedding ceremony in Batumi. The Holy Trinity Church may become a great place for this ritual. It is located on a high mountain Sameba and the ceremonies are held only in Georgian. Otherwise, if you are looking for a wedding in Russian, we could help you to find a good location with services in Russian.

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Preparing for the ceremony

The requirements for those who have decided to have a church wedding are quite simple. Firstly, the bride and groom must be baptized as orthodox Christians, they also must not have any other marital relationship. It is recommended that some time before the ceremony, the couple spends in fasting and praying. They should also go to confession and take communion in advance. On the wedding day, the couple arrives at the church beforehand in order to have an obligatory conversation with the abbot. They should also have their passports and wedding rings with them and provide two baptized witnesses. In case you are planning a private wedding just for two of you, we will be glad to arrange the presence of the witnesses. Finally, take into account the orthodox calendar in Georgia: church weddings are not held on Wednesdays and Fridays, during the big orthodox holidays and during the fasting periods.

Catholic church wedding

Georgia attracts not only orthodox Christians but also Catholics, that is why we want to make a brief comment on the catholic ceremony. We suggest that you consider St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church in Tbilisi, as it is the most democratic location. In order to have a wedding church here you only need to provide your baptism certificates, certificates confirming that you have passed special courses at your church and the permission from your church to have a wedding in Georgia. The catholic wedding may be held in English, Italian or Georgian languages.

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Since ancient times Christian traditions have been honoured and respected in Georgia. So having marriage in this particular country will become one of the most meaningful and symbolic events in your life. Ori Agency Team are always happy to give you the most reliable information and help with the organization of this important day.

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Official Marriage Registration in Georgia

Collecting The Documents

Have you decided to officially register your marriage in Georgia? There is nothing easier. Georgia recently became one of the top five countries where marriage registration does not require a lot of documents from various institutions. Now we will tell you how easy, simple and fast is the procedure to become husband and wife in Georgia, while having some time to enjoy the sights of the Georgian capital. So, let’s begin!

The first thing we need to start preparing for the registration of your marriage is to find out the desired date and time for registration, as well as to receive the documents listed below:

  • Clear scans of passports of the bride and groom (photos are no longer accepted by Georgian notaries);
  • Clear scans of passports of two witnesses (if there is only two of you, no problem: we will provide the witnesses);
  • Clear scans of a copy of the divorce certificate, which must be apostilled and certified by a notary in your country of residence (this document is necessary if you were previously married);
  • Clear scans of a copy of the birth certificate of a common minor child, which must be apostilled and certified by a notary in your country of residence (this document is needed if you have a common minor child).
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Once we receive and check all the necessary documents, we will proceed to the next step: according to Georgian legislation, all the documents mentioned above must be translated into Georgian and certified by Georgian notary. Therefore, all the documents will be ready by your arrival and the desired date and time will be booked by your wedding planner.

Georgia recently became one of the top five countries where marriage registration does not require a lot of documents from various institutions.


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Choosing a Location

There are three ways to register marriage in Georgia: it all depends on how fast, solemn and romantic your ceremony should be. Registration in the hall of the House of Justice looks like this: you need to come in the morning, stand in a queue, submit an application to an operator, wait from two to four hours until your wedding planner receives an official message on a mobile phone that the documents have been checked, confirmed and you are given permission to register your marriage. At this time we usually let our couple go for a walk in the centre of the city. Then you  should stand again in a queue and finally register the marriage with the help of the operator.

Such registration takes approximately one business day, but there is no romance in it. For example, a ceremony in a private hall of one of the two Wedding Palaces, where you come 40 minutes before the ceremony, looks absolutely different. Officials fill in the documents, check and print your marriage certificate, and it takes 30-40 minutes. Then you are invited to the ceremonial hall, the receptionist delivers a touching speech while there is a romantic melody as a background. You sign papers, exchange wedding rings and congratulate each other with a glass of cold champagne. Solemnly, touchingly, and most importantly — quickly. The whole procedure takes 50-60 minutes, and you are absolutely free afterwards.

As for the most touching ceremony (it is called “ceremony outside the wedding hall”), you have to choose the location and time (from 10 AM to 5 PM), and we book the official. It is important to note that for such ceremony you need to send us an application (an apostilled and certified by notary power of attorney one) to fill in two weeks before the date of marriage registration (together with the  documents mentioned above). At the appointed time, the official arrives and gives a solemn speech, registers the marriage and hands over to you the marriage certificate at any place in Georgia: on a terrace overlooking to Old Tbilisi, in the vineyards in Kakheti, on the shore of one of the lakes in Kvareli, or on a platform over a cliff in the mountains of Kazbegi.

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The Final Step

Once your marriage is registered, we proceed to the third (final) step — legalization of marriage for your country or countries (you can legalize your marriage for any number of countries you prefer). There are two types of marriage legalization: apostille (valid for 136 countries) and consular legalization (valid for all other countries). If your country has signed the Apostille Convention, the procedure will take from one to eight business days. It depends on how urgently you need your documents to be ready — urgency implies a high fee. If your country has not signed the Apostille Convention, it needs consular legalization. And these are two stages: the accreditation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the seal of the country’s consul for which the marriage is legalized. This procedure takes from ten business days to one calendar month: it depends on the location of the consulate of the desired country and the queue for legalization.

Please note that in parallel with legalization, the House of Justice translates your marriage certificate into the desired language: we recommend English to our couples, as it is accepted in all countries.

We usually  send the documents by express mail to your address, or we give them to you personally if you are in Georgia after completion of all procedures with the legalization of the marriage certificate.

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Are you still searching for a country for your wedding? Georgia is definitely the best solution!

 

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Wedding in Georgia with Ori Agency

Why Georgia?

You decided to get married, but don’t want to celebrate your wedding day in a familiar atmosphere? Thinking about to celebrate abroad? First of all let me tell you why wedding in Georgia is  good and attractive idea and why planning at a distance is an absolutely affordable, rational and reliable process.

Sun in Georgia shines almost all year round, wine flows like water, high mountains, hospitable people, ancient culture – these are the first things that come to the mind of a person who is planning to travel to our country. Wedding in Georgia – no matter for two people or a big event; official ceremony, or symbolic – these are the brightest and warmest memories for a lifetime, because this country is imbued with the atmosphere of love and celebration.

Georgia has excellent geography and offers a wide range of options for wedding celebrations: mountains, sea, valleys of vineyards, lakes and fabulous forests, as well as ancient temples for church ceremonies.

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How to choose a wedding venue?

The main thing is to choose where the magic will happen, to mark whether you need official marriage documents or not, decide on the season – in this aspect we will always advise you, since we are closely familiar with the climate in different regions – and understand how eventful the event will be. Sometimes it happens that initially a couple is coming  alone, and closer to the wedding date we find out that parents, for example, or close friends will attend the celebration and share their most important day with the couple.

Choosing the region and location for the ceremony and wedding dinner is not an easy task if you are not going visit Georgia before the wedding. Ori Wedding Team is always ready to tell you in detail about the features of both the region,  hotels and restaurants that you are considering. We have many years of experience, and we know the subtleties and all the pitfalls that can be hidden behind a beautiful picture in the Internet space.

It is important that the accommodation of the couple and guests is in the closest accessibility to the location of the wedding dinner. It is always better to choose one settlement: village, town, district. Wedding dinner ends no earlier than 01:00 am, so getting to the hotel or apartment late at night after a busy celebration day is an extremely tedious process, and this must be taken into account.

Ori Wedding Team is always ready to tell you in detail about the features of both the region, hotels and restaurants that you are considering.


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Planning the details

After you have chosen the place-time-number of guests – we are happy to start a discussion of details that will make your wedding day beautiful, namely: floristry and decor, make-up and hair for the bride, the mode of transport for the couple and guests, cake, details on buffet and dinner, and, of course, an entertainment program for the whole day. We will discuss a solemn speech for your ceremony in advance, pronouncing all the details of the script with a specially invited Emcee. The list of songs both for the ceremony and for the wedding dinner program is discussed, edited and the final result, including the stop list, is transferred to the DJ.

If you have not yet chosen the color pallet for the wedding day, if you also can’t imagine how the wedding cake of your dreams should look like and what hairstyle will make you the real queen – we will always be there for  you and facilitate the task with advice and photo samples to make the right decision. We always recommend to arrive in advance and hold a rehearsal of the bride image with the stylist.

Planner and couple need to discuss a large number of nuances, pronouncing the details of the wedding dinner and entertainment program. We check with our couple the preferences of guests regarding alcohol, allergies, or belonging to vegetarianism. We take into account the number of children at the table, having previously specified their age. This helps us to make a children’s menu in advance and to take care of the availability of cots in the rooms and child seats in the transport.

Scenario for dinner is also created according to the preferences of the couple. We connect the Emcee with a couple via Skype video messenger for a detailed discussion of quizzes, contests, toasts. It is important that the couple get information from the guests in advance whether they have a surprise congratulation for the newlyweds – The Emcee must include the guests’ performances in their program in advance so that they can avoid the intended script on their wedding day.

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It does not matter when you contacted  us: six months, a month or two weeks before the wedding – we will surround you with care and do our best to endear yourself and make you feel at home, while discussing with us the smallest details of the most important day of your life…

We sincerely hope that Georgia will become your second home after the wedding with the Ori Wedding team!

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