India is becoming widely popular as a wedding destination. Couples from all over the world want to come to India and have the ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’. States such as Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala are quite popular. Here’s all you need to know about the legalities of getting married in India.
The legal process involved with getting married in India, is kind of time consuming and lengthy. Don’t worry, we have it all listed here to make it simple for you…also we have added some fun stuff you can do while you are completing the necessary requirements!
- The legal marriageable age in India for men is 21 and for women is 18.
- A residence proof in India is a must; only then can you to apply to the local registry office for registering the marriage. For foreigners, this is evidenced by a certificate from the local police station on completing the prescribed duration of stay.
- Post this you can submit a notice to the registry office with intent to get married along with the residence certificate, certified copies of passport and birth certificates and two passport sized photographs of each of you.
- In addition, evidence of eligibility to be married is usually required, and this differs from nation to nation. All single and men or women who haven’t married earlier, should obtain a single status affidavit (in USA), a Certificate of NO Impediment (in the UK) or a Certificate of No Record (in Australia). In the case of a divorcee he/she needs to procure the Decree Absolute. This is a legal document which ends your marriage. A decree absolute states that you are no longer married and are divorced and free to marry again if you wish. In case of a deceased partner, you need to present a copy of the death certificate. In addition to these documents, you will also need your birth certificates and passports.
- If no objections are received to the marriage within 30 days of submitting the application, a civil ceremony can then take place at the registry office. Three witnesses are required to validate the marriage. The witnesses must carry passport sized photographs, as well as identification, birth proof and address proof.
- The marriage certificate is issued a couple of weeks after the wedding.
Don’t get boggled by the procedure which seems rather long. It is actually quite simple – we handle it for our clients all the time!
We suggest making the most of the time while you are in India and since you have decided to have your wedding in India! How about scheduling a pre-wedding shoot in the city where you would be residing to get a proof of residence…We think it’s a great way to spend some fun time with your fiancée. Also you can schedule your shopping during this time. Especially if you are going to be staying in a city like Bombay or Delhi! Most metros in India have some great stores and offer the best Indian wear and something for all budgets.
Hope these tips help make the process of getting your marriage registered in India much easier. Incase you would like to share your experience of getting married in India, we would love to hear from you!