Can we get legally married in Mallorca?

There are a few ways that you can have a legal ceremony in Mallorca – but these are quite limited; if you are Catholics, if you have Swedish nationality or if you have residency here. If this doesn’t fit your situation, don’t worry! Almost all of our couples opt for a simple register office ceremony at home a few weeks before the wedding to take care of the legalities with the minimum of fuss (many of them don’t even tell family or friends to keep it very low-key).

Wedding ceremony in Mallorca With all the paperwork taken care of, you can focus on your wedding here where you will make your vows, exchange your rings and express your commitment to each other in front of friends and family in a beautiful location in Mallorca.

What is included in your fee?

  • A complimentary meeting on Zoom or Skype to talk about your plans and how we can work together on your ceremony.

  • As much communication as needed to complete your ceremonyWedding certificate

  • A complimentary enhancement such as hand-fasting or our wine-box ceremony

  • Help with writing your vows

  • The celebrant of your choice for up to three hours on the wedding day

  • A commemorative wedding certificate

How do we have a Catholic ceremony in Mallorca?

If one or both of you are Catholics, yes, it is possible to have a Catholic ceremony here, and we can help with the preparations for this. You need to start at least six months ahead with a meeting with your parish priest. The next stage is to complete the paperwork for the marriage licence. You will need your baptism, communion and confirmation certificates and you will also need to sign a Freedom to Marry declaration in front of a notary. Your parish priest then sends this from the bishop at your diocese to the Bishop in Palma. When the license is issued, it’s then sent to the church where you are planning to marry. You need to allow six months for the whole process. A simpler option in which the wording for the ceremony is almost identical as for the full marriage is to have a wedding blessing by one of our English-speaking priests here.

What about a Church of England blessing?

Yes, this is another good option. The Anglican church has English vicars based here and you can have the ceremony in one of the beautiful churches here in Mallorca.

Do you conduct same-sex ceremonies?

Aidan Tom Wedding. Mallorca 2019.
Photo: www.thomasengstrom

Absolutely! We love creating personalised ceremonies for LBTGQ couples.

We have lots of readings which are great for same-sex couples and many gender-neutral ones too.

What paperwork do we need to fill out?

To arrange your ceremony, just send us an email or complete the enquiry form in the Contact us section. We’ll contact you to discuss your plans and recommend one of our celebrants. When you decide to go ahead we send you a deposit invoice, our Terms & Conditions, and a simple form for you to complete with the details of your wedding party, preferred music, readings and other aspects. That’s all the paperwork done!

Do you do baby-naming ceremonies?

Yes we do! Some couples choose to combine this with their wedding or vow renewal.

Do we have a rehearsal beforehand?

That’s not usually necessary, and most couples arrive just a couple of days before the wedding so timing would be tight.

Can we involve our children in our ceremony?

There are lots of ways to include your children in the ceremony
Children can take part in the ceremony as flowergirls or ring-bearers

Yes, it’s a great idea, and there are many great ways your children can play a role; as flower girls or ring-bearers or helping tie the ribbons with you in a hand-fasting ceremony which unites the whole family.

Older children can also do a special reading as part of the ceremony.

What is your cancellation policy?

During 2020 and early 2021, in the exceptional circumstances surrounding Covid-19, we have been refunding all deposits to those who have had to cancel their event. Most couples have postponed to next year so the deposit simply moves to the new date.

Can you marry us at our villa?

Yes, absolutely! As wedding celebrants, we can perform ceremonies in gardens, in vineyards, in private villas, you name it.

Can we meet in person before the wedding?

Yes! If you are visiting the Palma or Soller area, let’s meet up for a coffee!

How long does the ceremony last?

Generally about 30 minutes is the right length.

What time does the celebrant arrive?

On your day, we arrive 30 minutes before starting time to set up and liaise with your key people, such as your planner, musicians for cueing, photographers for where to stand during special moments of the ceremony and PA team for sound checks. Ulf arrives in styleWe also double check with your contact person for any last minute changes.

Coronavirus wedding FAQs

Help! My wedding is in Mallorca this spring/summer- should I cancel or postpone?

For May and June 2021 weddings, a lot of couples are now looking to find a Plan B date. Venues and catering companies are all focusing on helping these earlier weddings. Those in July, August, September and later have more chance of being able to go ahead as planned. Things are changing every day – but our best advice is to book a Plan B date as a back up and wait to see how things develop.

My wedding is in September – will things be OK by then?

Nobody can say for sure what the situation will be by September but with the current vaccination programmes gathering momentum, most people here are optimistic that things will have improved significantly by then.

Will we get our deposit back for your celebrant services if we need to cancel?

Yes you will. If you prefer to postpone the wedding until next year, that’s also fine for us and the price will be the same as for this year.

If we postpone our wedding from this summer, how late could we have it this year?

Late September and October are both are great times for weddings (September is counted as part of the main season) and temperatures are generally just a couple of degrees less that August. October is a beautiful month for weddings– the temperatures are a couple of degrees cooler and the day’s a little shorter, but it’s generally till close to 28-30 degrees during the day and you can still have your wedding dinner and first dance outside under the stars.

Do you recommend that we find an alternative “Plan B” date for our wedding, just in case?

Yes, this will give you more flexibility and some reassurance. But do note that Plan B dates for later this year are getting booked up very quickly. With most venues, there will be a cut-off date a few weeks beforehand by which you will need to decide. If you do choose a Plan B date, check if your suppliers will be free and if they, ask them to hold a date for you. However, do bear in mind that they won’t always be able to do this.

 

If we have to postpone our ceremony until next year, will Distinctive have the same fee?

Yes, if you do need to postpone, our fee will be the same for you.

We really wish we had taken out wedding insurance – would this have covered us?

Please don’t feel you have missed out. As with many insurance this very much depends on the small print. Couples who did take out insurance are finding that they were not covered for the pandemic. 

What is your view of how long the current situation will last?

No-one can say for sure what will happen but there are a few factors to bear in mind.  Despite a surge early in the year, the numbers of infections are now dropping substantially and vaccination programmes are making excellent progress. Many people think that by the end of spring or early summer, things will have improved considerably.

What if the situation improves so that our wedding can go ahead but lots of our guests don’t want to travel or can’t, because their circumstances have changed?

You may find that some guests won’t be able to attend, but there are a few things you can do. One is to have a smaller ceremony here and celebrate with a party at home.

You could have a small ceremony at home and then come to Mallorca for your vow renewal next year. Or you could have an ‘elopement’ ceremony here for just you and hold your party at home when circumstances allow. Find out more about elopements here

If we can go ahead, but with smaller numbers of guests, can we livestream the wedding ceremony?

Some videographers are offer livestreaming links so that those at home can feel part of the day. Not all locations can accommodate this as they need a good internet connection (and the ceremony will usually be outside) but some videographers offer a same day service. So there is a possibility that guests who can’t make it can join you ‘virtually’ to share in the day.

More questions? Drop us a line or give us a call and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Do bear in mind that the situation is changing all the time so check out the latest information online on:

The Majorca Daily Bulletin

El Pais English version

Looking for a wedding celebrant for your destination wedding in Mallorca? Speak to the Distinctive Team now for more information – Contact us here.

Last updated: 7 March 2021

 

 

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