A civil wedding in Granada is only possible if you are a resident in Spain.
As an alternative to a civil wedding in Spain, many couples are first having a civil wedding in their country of residence and then having a wedding blessing ceremony in Spain which in all sense and purposes seems like a real wedding except that the legal side of the wedding has already been done. Alternatively it is possible to have a civil wedding in Gibraltar as this is still a British Colony. For more information please see https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/getting-married
If you are resident in Spain, the documents that you need for a civil wedding are as follows:
- An original birth certificate (the “long” version)
- Certificate of Residence (“Empadronamiento”)
- Certificate of no impediment to Marriage (this can be obtained either from your local registry office or from the Spanish consulate. You will need to check which your particular town hall requires).
- If applicable an original divorce certificate (this is the one with the coloured stamp on it).
- If applicable an original death certificate
All documents that are in English have to have the Hague Apostille on them. This is available from the following address:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
London SW1A 2LG
Tel 0207 008 1111
The current fee for the Apostille is £12 for each document. If you go there in person this process takes about 2 days. If you send the documents by post it takes about 2 weeks and you need to send an extra £2 for postage and packing.
All documents must then be translated into Spanish and presented at the relevant town hall at least 3 months before the planned wedding.
For further information you can contact the British Consulate in Malaga at the following address:
British Consulate Edificio Eurocom
Bloque SurC/ Mauricio Moro Pareto, 2, 2º
Tel.: 952 35 23 00
Fax: 952 35 92 11
Public Office Hours: Winter: 08:30 – 13:30 Summer: 08:30 – 13:30
Postal address: Apartado Correos 360, 29080 Málaga