We are Gladys Novias y Eventos company dedicated to the cartagena wedding realization gladly send you the requirements of civil marriage in cartagena:
Requirements for civil marriage
1. A certified copy of birth registration of both parties have a maximum of three (3) months of being issued and including marginal note specifying that it is valid for marriage.
2. Joint application signed by both parties, submitted in person or by proxy.
3. Copy of identity card of both parties
4. If one or both parties are widowed, he or she must submit the registration of a death of former partner
5. If you have been married before, must file the civil registration of marriage with a divorce notice and liquidation of the conjugal union. You must submit a copy of the divorce decree and the liquidation of the conjugal union. A certified copy showing that this divorce has been recorded in notary public.
6. If there are minor children in an earlier marriage of one or both spouses, whose children have assets in their name must make the appropriate action before the competent court to have the name a guardian, who must awarded the Certificate of probate of the formal inventory of property of children signed by the Curator; If there is no property in the name of the children a sufficient affidavit to that effect.
7. Authenticated permission of parents if the parties are minors, and
8. Civil registration of minor children born of free union between spouses before marriage.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGNERS:
1. A certified copy of Birth Certificate with translation into Spanish and Apostil.
2. A certified copy of passport with entry stamp by immigration
3. If one or both parties are widowed, he or she must submit the registration of a death of former partner, with translation into Spanish and Apostil.
4. 5. If you have been married before, must file the civil registration of marriage with a divorce notice and liquidation of the conjugal union. You must submit a copy of the divorce decree and the liquidation of the conjugal union. A certified copy showing that this divorce has been recorded in notary public. All these documents must be translated into Spanish and previously apostil
5. If there are minor children in an earlier marriage of one or both spouses, whose children have assets in their name must make the appropriate action before the competent court to have the name a guardian, who must awarded the Certificate of probate of the formal inventory of property of children signed by the Curator; If there is no property in the name of the children a sufficient affidavit to that effect, with translation into Spanish and Apostil
6. Document stating that he or she is unmarried with translation into Spanish and Apostil.
Note: The apostil is a document of authentication awarded by all the countries that were part of the Hague Convention in 1965 which gives faith and certifies documents from other countries. Documents from countries that were not part of the Hague Convention should be authenticated in the Colombian Embassy in the respective country.
NOTE: DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED TEN (10) DAYS BEFORE THE DATE OF THE CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE
All you need are your birth certificates for "marriage purposes" and should not be issued 30 days later. Nonetheless you can get more accurate information from any Colombian consulate near you. I found a good site here:
I just got married in Cartagena and I had a civil ceremony at Casa Pombo. My notary was AMAZING!!!! Her name is Julieta and she gave us a really nice speech, just like she knew us! I will send you her contact information sometime tonight. She is THE BEST!!! My wedding planner was right (Caribe Cordial); she gave a romantic and magical touch to my ceremony!! I highly recommend her and my wedding planner, of course.
Thank you everyone for offering so much helpful information! I have replied to some of you directly.... I appreciate everyone's help! We are attempting to do this in November, so let's see how successful we can be. The more information, the better!
I would like to know the requirements you had to give to get married in Cartagena. I will be getting married in April or May. How long does it take or many days is it to wait to get married. What are all the documents needed to get married in Colombia. I just want to make sure I have everything so there will be no problem when I get there next year. Please let me know, and thank you. Take care and God bless. Sincerely, Daniel
Let me know where to go to the Notary, because it sounds like it well there. Thanks
I highly recommend you hire someone in Cartagena to help you with this process, it's alot of paperwork! And, different notarios may request slighly different documents. I worked with Daniela Lopera of Caribe Cordial and I highly recommend her. They will co-ordinate all the requirements with the notary and make sure you have a smooth wedding. It would be difficult to impossible to do without the help of someone like Caribe Cordial!
In my case, my husband was living in Colombia and I was living the States, so my documents had to be all certified originals WITH the apostille seal (a special seal you have to get in order for Colombia to recognize your documents) AND they have to be translated into Spanish first by an official translator. One mis-step and your marriage will not be valid! In addition to co-ordinating all the documents Caribe Cordial can plan the wedding and they are excellent at it!
Good luck - Cartagena is a magical place and it's certainly worth going through all the document ordeal to get married there. By the way the Notaria was Julieta (recommended by another poster) and she is fabulous!
P.S. Of all the inquiries I sent out, only Caribe Cordial responded quickly and was the most helpful. Some of the others expressed interest but never followed through, etc. I was extremely please with all aspects of Caribe Cordial - they are professional, knowledgable and really nice people! I would never have been able to have the beautiful wedding I did if it werent for them.......
Hi Sirena! I'm so glad you had Julieta and Caribe Cordial! I'm sure you had an amazing wedding!
There is a lot of great information being shared here, I'm extra happy I found this place. It does seem rather complicated to even get started. My Bride and I are planning on having a civil marriage in February this year, just a simple marriage without guests because we need to apply for a spousals visa a year in advance so that we can have that for another wedding planned in Hawaii.
I see a lot of good remarks about the notaria - Julieta, does someone have her contact information available? If so please send that to me at [email protected]
Do you think it is possible to have a civil marriage with only a notary? Is it possible to acquire all of the necessary documents, have them translated and certified by working with a notary alone? I understand the benefits and advantages from using a wedding/ planning service company but cost is an issue for us. My bride to be is still in medical school. Thank you for any help you can provide and especially if you think there is something I am missing. I am from the USA and she is Colombian, can we simply see a civil judge with the papers and the help of a notary and make this happen?
Mahalo nui loa again for any help you can provide to us.
Hello, I'm getting married in Cartagena in June 2017. Could you possibly send us the info for the notary you mentioned? (Julieta) we would really appreciate it. Thank you!!
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