Before you plan your wedding in Iceland
We would be lying if we said getting married in Iceland was all the rage nowadays. But it is certainly becoming very popular as a wedding destination and rightly so.
A lot of people write us asking about the formalities regarding marriage in this country and here we will try to answer the basic ones. Overall, getting married here is not Vegas-style easy but it is not too hard either.
Before anything else one must contact the office of the district magistrate of the area where you want the ceremony to take place. You will have to get the relevant marriage application and submit it if neither party is an Iceland national. Couple of witnesses will have to verify that the marriage is lawful and neither party is already married but those will not have to be here in person. All this will have to be done with time to spare and preferably at least two or three weeks before the marriage is taking place.
This taken care of the next thing is to bring all relevant documents. Valid passports naturally, birth certificates and medical certificates as well. If possible a certificate of marital status also. Divorcees will need to bring proof and have it signed by the Iceland ministry of Justice.
In Iceland a number of individuals can marry two persons but most often it´s either priests or the relevant magistrates. For heathens it is also possible to be married by the high priest of the local heathenism group Asatruarfelagið. This requires one to be formally a heathen person and can take longer to arrange than a normal ceremony. Quite a number of folks get civilly married at the offices of the magistrates in Iceland and afterwards have a ceremony in a nicer spot.
More information is found on this governmental web.