Getting married abroad can be much more expensive for many couples than in Germany. That's how much marriages abroad cost.
Frankfurt – Almost 400,000 marriages were concluded in Germany in 2022. The wedding ceremony in the registry office costs 40 to 60 euros in this country – the amount varies depending on the federal state.
If marriage in Germany seems too banal for you, you can also get married abroad as a German couple. However, getting married abroad can be quite expensive.
How much does it cost to get married abroad?
The question of how much money marriages abroad cost was investigated by the financial service provider Wise. The investigation examined the cost of a civil wedding of people from Germany in the capitals of EU countries and Great Britain. The costs for this differed enormously in some cases. The reason for this is that the costs of meeting the respective requirements also played a role. This includes, among other things, the marriage certificate, processing costs and the costs for the wedding ceremony.
If a civil wedding in Germany seems too banal, you can also get married abroad. © R. Rebmann/Imago (symbolic image)
In some countries, there were also different price levels to choose from. The costs for the respective wedding celebration, on the other hand, were not calculated. The costs for the journey from Germany and the consequential costs of the marriage abroad were also not taken into account. As the financial services provider Wise announced, marriage is the most expensive for German citizens in Italy. In Rome, the marriage costs at least 769 euros, but can also cost up to 1469 euros.
Here, a marriage abroad is particularly favorable
Marriage is cheapest for people from Germany in Amsterdam, Helsinki, Madrid, Ljubljana, Budapest and Paris. In all these European capitals, you can get married in a civil ceremony for as little as 69 euros. The special thing about these cities is that the wedding ceremony is free of charge. Luxembourg follows in second place in the ranking with a cost of 79 euros for the civil wedding. Sofia in Bulgaria is also on the podium, where the wedding costs just under 83 euros.
This is how much marriage costs minimum/maximum for people from Germany abroad:
|City||Costs at least||Maximum costs|
|Paris||69 Euro||69 Euro|
|Ljubljana||69 Euro||69 Euro|
|Budapest||69 Euro||69 Euro|
|Madrid||69 Euro||189 Euro|
|Helsinki||69 Euro||319 Euro|
|Amsterdam||69 Euro||1108,30 Euro|
|Luxembourg||79 Euro||99 Euro|
|Sofia||82,77 Euro||252,60 Euro|
|Warsaw||86,64 Euro||86,64 Euro|
|Brussels||94 Euro||319 Euro|
|Zagreb||96,87 Euro||96,87 Euro|
|Tallinn||99 Euro||469 Euro|
|Vilnius||103,30 Euro||103,30 Euro|
|London||121,44 Euro||121,44 Euro|
|Valletta||148,45 Euro||181,85 Euro|
|Riga||153 Euro||286,25 Euro|
|Stockholm||158 Euro||158 Euro|
|Reykjavik||174,86 Euro||174,86 Euro|
|Lisbon||189 Euro||269 Euro|
|Prague||195 Euro||237 Euro|
|Nicosia||197,15 Euro||350,92 Euro|
|Copenhagen||283,50 Euro||283,50 Euro|
|Dublin||289 Euro||289 Euro|
|Bratislava||379 Euro||379 Euro|
|Vienna||379 Euro||899 Euro|
|Bucharest||473,17 Euro||743,17 Euro|
|Rome||769 Euro||1469 Euro|
On average, the cost of a marriage abroad was more than 180 euros. In addition to the very high cost of a marriage in Rome, it is also expensive in Austria. In Vienna, the civil wedding costs a total of 379 euros, and it is just as expensive in Bratislava. So if you want to get married abroad from Germany, you can accumulate some costs, but you don't have to. Travel costs also play a decisive role. A divorce can also cost a lot of money.