Georgia is in the top 5 countries, where the civil marriage procedure is the easiest and fastest even for non-residents. Besides, there is a number of other advantages that justify the choice of this beautiful country for your destination wedding, which we have previously discussed here. By now we have accumulated an impressive list of places on this planet where our couples celebrating their wedding with the help of the ORI wedding agency were coming from. If you are reading this piece now, you must be considering Georgia as you wedding destination. At this point it is important to make sure that all the formal requirements can be met, so let’s go through the most common questions that we get from our couple during the preparation. A little spoiler — you will most probably be reassured that there is nothing to be worried about and that you can totally switch to choosing between the prettiest venues with the mountain or vineyards view! 🙂
In this post we are going to talk you through the most common questions from our clients related to the civil marriage registration process in Georgia and make all worries disappear. It is not as complicated as it seems! The best way to get all the documents ready in shortest time and as smoothly as possible is signing up for an “Official marriage registration in a wedding hall in Tbilisi” package with ORI, of course!
Are there any restrictions in place for the citizens of foreign countries?
No. If you have successfully gone through the passport control at the Georgian border and your documents are valid, there are no holdbacks.
What documents do I need to get married in Georgia?
- High quality scans of your travel passports (it has to be the same document you’ll have on hand when traveling to Georgia)
- High quality scans of the travel passports of your witnesses (if you are bringing them)
- In case any of you have been previously married, we’ll need a divorce certificate with correct legalization. This document is to be sent to us by registered post.
- In case you have underage children in common, we’ll need a copy of the birth certificate with correct legalization. This document is to be sent to us by registered post, or brought with you to Georgia if you’re arriving 2-3 business days before the wedding date.
Please also inform us of any of you have previously changed your name — in that case additional documents will be required.
How long in advance before the wedding date do I have to contact ORI?
It is advisable to start preparations not later than 2 weeks before the wedding date. In case a particular date is important to you, you should book it as soon as you possibly can. It’s worth mentioning though, that we had several cases when we have managed to organize the civil marriage for couples in just 2-3 days, so feel free to contact us even if you are in doubt, and we’ll be happy to talk you through the options available.
Can the agency submit the documents without the couple present?
Yes, but not earlier than 2 months before the registration date. To have it done the couple has to make and post to us the power of attorney, notarized and with an apostille, authorizing your wedding planner.
Is it possible to submit the documents and receive a marriage certificate on the same day?
Yes, if the documents are submitted in the morning (as soon as the House of Justice starts working), it is possible to register your marriage on the same day.
We need a marriage certificate that will be valid all around the world. Can you make one for us?
Since different countries have different requirements, it is impossible to create a one-for-all certificate, however there’s the HCCH list of countries with the same requirements, check the complete list here: https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members. All of these countries accept a marriage certificate issued in Georgia, with an English translation and apostille.
For the countries that are not on this list, you would need legalization for your documents, which is basically the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs + a stamp of the embassy of the country you need. In this case the document that you will prepare for the UAE will be valid only there and will not be accepted in Qatar, for example.
Now the doubts are gone, and you can turn to more creative tasks: getting inspired by our portfolio or start discussing your wedding ideas with one of our specialists. We will be happy to answer your questions related to planning a wedding in Georgia and will prepare the draft budget swiftly according to your preferences.