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Getting married in Copenhagen

You can apply to get married in Copenhagen, elsewhere in Denmark or abroad as early as 4 months before your expected marriage date.

To get married in Denmark or abroad, you need to fill in a notice of marriage (ægteskabserklæring) and have it approved. The earliest you can apply is four months before you wish to get married. 

When the notice of marriage is approved, a certificate of marital status (prøvelsesattest) will be issued if you are getting married in Denmark. If you are getting married abroad, a marriage licence (ægteskabsattest) will be issued.

Marriage applications are either handled by the Agency of Family Law or the municipalities in Denmark. Where you apply depends on you and your partner's nationalities or residence status in Denmark.   

Marriage handled by the Agency of Family Law

You should apply through the Agency of Family Law if one or both of you:

  • are not Danish or Nordic citizens
  • do not have permanent residence in Denmark 
  • have not obtained a right of permanent residence in Denmark according to the Executive Order on EU Residence.

Read more and apply through the Agency of Family Law 

Marriage handled by the municipality

You should apply through the municipality where you and your partner are registered at (bopælskommune) if both of you are:

  • Danish or Nordic citizens
  • OR have permanent residence in Denmark
  • OR have a right of permanent residence in Denmark according to the Executive Order on EU Residence

You both need NemID to complete the application online. You will receive a reply through your Digital Post (e-Boks).

​Apply through the municipality

Questions and answers

The wedding ceremony

If you get married in Copenhagen, the wedding ceremony usually takes place at the beautiful and historical Copenhagen City Hall. The wedding ceremony is handled by the municipality of Copenhagen. 

Go to idocph.kk.dk for more information on open air weddings and the possibility of booking a registrar

Important things to note
  • We cannot guarantee that you will get married on the day you choose. You should only book your trip to Copenhagen when your wedding date has been confirmed by the Wedding Office
  • Same sex marriages might not be recognised in other countries
  • If you need to have your marriage certificate legalised with an apostille, find information here
  • You can only change to your married name if you are registered as a resident in Denmark
  • If you have been married abroad, you can register your marriage in Denmark. You must contact Folkeregisteret (the public registration office) and show them your marriage certificate. Read more and find contact information for Folkeregisteret here (in Danish).
If you need a new marriage certificate

If you were married in the municipality of Copenhagen and have lost your marriage certificate, you can request for a new marriage certificate by contacting the Wedding Office.

You should write to us and provide the following information:

  • Your names on the day of the wedding
  • Your CPR numbers or dates of birth
  • The year and date of your wedding
  • Whether you wish to have the certificate sent as a PDF or physically. If you need it sent physically: The address to which you would like the certificate to be sent

Cost

This service is free of charge. If you were married in a different municipality, you should contact the relevant authorities there.

Response time

You can expect a response time of three to four weeks.

CONTACT

Vielseskontoret

Rådhuspladsen 1

1550 København V

Office opening hours

Monday

09:00 - 16:00

Tuesday

09:00 - 16:00

Wednesday

09:00 - 16:00

Thursday

09:00 - 16:00

Friday

09:00 - 16:00

Phone opening hours

Monday

10:00 - 12:00

Tuesday

10:00 - 12:00

Thursday

10:00 - 12:00

Friday

10:00 - 12:00

Vil du møde personligt i Vielseskontoret, skal du henvende dig i butikken ved Rådhusets hovedindgang.

Om lørdagen afholdes vielser, men kontoret er ikke åbent for personlige henvendelser.