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Getting Married in a Castle in Britain


Marriage is recognised in the forms of both civil and religious unions. The legal minimum age to enter into a marriage is sixteen years although this requires parent consent in in England and Wales (but not in Scotland) if a participant is between the ages of sixteen and eighteen.

There is a distinction between religious marriages, conducted by an authorised religious celebrant, and civil marriages, conducted by a state registrar.

Civil partnerships are available to same-sex couples in the United Kingdom. Rights and responsibilities are virtually identical to civil marriage. In 2013, the UK Government introduced the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill to Parliament, to legalise same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

There are residency conditions that have to be met before people can be married.




Getting Married in a Palace in Poland


Manowce is licensed for civil ceremonies and we hold humanist weddings, but of course we are also happy to host the reception only. For foreign couples, we can handle all the paperwork and get the necessary permissions from local authorities and churches for them to legally marry in Poland. We can arrange wedding ceremonies for all denominations and religions. Manowce is open to all wedding planning options. You can use our in-house wedding coordinator or we can recommend a local wedding planner who knows local suppliers. You may also choose a home-based planner who will cooperate with our in-house coordinator.

Couples can choose one of our wedding packages or can customize them as they like. Each package includes the most essential services and a shuttle for the couple and guests from and to Berlin airports. The package does not cover lodging, as guests usually pay for their accommodation. Manowce welcomes weddings of all types and sizes. These can be large parties outdoors for up to 100 guests, or wedding receptions for two, just the eloping couple. Whatever the size of the wedding, Manowce always offers its services on an exclusive-use basis. The wedding reception can take place indoors in the historic Great Hall or – in summer – outdoors in a marquee situated close to the shore of the lagoon. For marquee weddings, the Great Hall can serve as the backup location, should it rain heavily on the big day. If the couple likes, we can infuse the wedding with Polish music, dance, food and wedding customs. We can serve pierogi, Polish dumplings. On arriving at the reception party, the newlyweds may be greeted by their parents with a huge loaf of bread, salt and two vodka shots.

Destination weddings often turn into a little holiday for the guests. If you’re looking to entertain yourselves and your guests during the day, then along with swimming in the bay and mushrooming in the woods, Manowce can organise activities such as kayaking, sailing, fishing, cycling, golf, horse riding and shooting.





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Getting Married in a Château in France


France has specific laws concerning marriage. These must be followed by French citizens and by foreign nationals. A marriage in France is recognised as valid in most other countries.

French law recognises only civil marriage. This must be performed by a French Civil Authority usually a mayor (maire). The ceremony will be conducted in French. You are not required to have a translator present. Religious ceremonies are optional. They have no legal status and may only be held after the civil ceremony has taken place (which can be and often are on the same day.)

Because of France's residency requirements, many couples choose to get legally married in their home country and have a "blessing" in France. A popular type is a Humanist wedding ceremony. You can have a Humanist wedding ceremony at any location so can take advantage of the many beautiful settings that France has to offer.



Getting Married in a Castle in Italy


Italy does not have many requirements for getting married – convenient if you want to organize your wedding without much advance notice. Couples who want to travel to Italy for a wedding abroad need arrive only a few days before their wedding date.

The Italian marriage requirements can easily be fulfilled - mainly a document known as a Nulla Osta which all foreign non-Italians must provide prior to marrying in Italy. The main thing to look out for are public holidays interfering with the timing. Public offices and consulates are closed during holidays and at weekends.

US citizens require an Apostille. This is a document stapled to an original certificate by the Secretary of State or Notary Public of the State, which means that the documents can be used officially in a foreign country. Apostilles must be placed on any birth/divorce/death certificates presented for your civil wedding ceremony in Italy.



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