The month of June is near, which means it’s wedding season everywhere.
So if you and you’re hubby are planning to get married this year, but you are currently working or living abroad, read this guide on how to apply for and get married at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in your country.
Solemnization of Marriage at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, 2011
The steps are similar in every Philippine Embassy with only minor differences in fees as well as country-specific requirements.
Take note that not all Embassies and Consulates are allowed to solemnize a marriage. The ceremony is performed by the authorized or duly commissioned consular officer within Embassy premises. Also, marriage can only be between Filipino nationals, one male and one female, even in countries where same-sex marriage is allowed. Inquire at the nearest embassy for clarification.
The General Requirements for Marriage at the Philippine Embassy (Riyadh)are:
Original Birth Certificate from NSO, authenticated by DFA Manila.
Original Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) from NSO
within 6 months validity at the time of application, authenticated by DFA Manila
IF aged 18 – 21 years old: Parental consent, notarized and authenticated by DFA Manila
IF aged 21 – 25 years old: Parental advice, notarized and authenticated by DFA Manila
For Widow/Widower (Balo): NSO issued Marriage Contract and Death Certificate, both authenticated by DFA Manila
IF Annulled from a Previous Marriage: NSO issued Amended Marriage Contract as well as Certificate of Finality of Decision and Court Order, both authenticated by DFA Manila
Passport copy of each party (data page only).
(2×2 photo) 2 pcs. for each party. (smile, these will be posted in the embassy website)
Application FORMS for Marriage: Available in the Embassy website http://www.riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph/donwloads. These forms are embassy specific. Check the Philippine Embassy in your country for their forms. THESE FORMS SHOULD BE TYPEWRITTEN (EXCEPT FOR THE SIGNATURES) WHEN BROUGHT TO THE EMBASSY, TO MINIMIZE ERRORS AND FOR LEGIBILITY
Application for Marriage License
Applicant’s contact details
Wedding at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, 2013.
The Venue Was Moved to the Underground Parking Area. The Main Hall Was Allotted for Passport Renewal.
For NSO documents, you can easily order them online thru e-census. They accept payment via online banking and the fee is PHP315 per document. Courier services can also be requested.
All DFA notarized and authenticated documents mean they have to bear the Red Ribbon as seen below:
If you’re currently abroad, have the documents delivered to your home and ask a relative to get the necessary authentications at DFA Manila. A Special Power of Attorney may be needed. Have the documents sent to you via travelling friends, relatives or via courier service.
Philippine Consulate Dubai Wedding, 2016
The Procedures for Application for Marriage at the Philippine Embassy (Riyadh)are:
Once all documents are ready, submit the required documents to the Consular Section (Counter No. 4). Personal appearance is required for both parties.
Pay the required fees at the cashier. Take the receipt and submit it to Counter 4.
Check the Embassy’s Marriage Applications Page after a few days to see if your public notice has been posted. Once your wedding announcement is up on the page, you can call the consular office to arrange the schedule of your wedding. The date must be beyond the prescribed 10 days from the initial publication of your Application to Marry. (Example: If your public notice is posted January 1, you can call them on the same day to schedule your wedding, but the earliest wedding date has to be January 11 to comply with the 10-day requirement)
or e-mail: [email protected]
Service Fees are:
Joint Affidavit: SR100.00
Application for Marriage License: SR100.00
Marriage Solemnization: SR 240.00
(Partial payment of SR200. upon submission of all the requirements.)
(Full payment of SR240. on the day of solemnization). Total= SR440.00
You are allowed a maximum of four (4) guests to bring with you to your wedding. This, however, is flouted easily by friends who pretend to enter embassy premises for other appointments or services.
Marriage ceremonies at the embassy (Riyadh) is held every Tuesday and Thursday only. This means there is a big chance that you will share the moment with five or more couples saying “I do’s”. Be on time, It’s your wedding so don’t be late.
Bride – Formal/Semi-Formal dress or gown
Groom – Barong Tagalog/Business suit/Long-sleeved shirt with tie
The ceremony itself is done under an hour, faster if there are fewer couples tying the knot. You will get the Marriage Certificate complete with Red Ribbon after the ceremony.
In Saudi Arabia, you need to have the Marriage Certificate translated to Arabic, and stamped by the Embassy in order to be accepted by the government.
Some notable difference in other countries are listed below:
Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden
Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage for each of the contracting parties is required. Oobtain the list of requirements for the issuance of a legal capacity to contract marriage from the Consular Section of the Philippine Embassy.
Should one or both of the contracting parties be 25 years or below, the marriage license shall be issued after three (3) months from the completion of the ten (10) day publication of the application, unless the contracting parties obtain a certificate from a marriage counselor duly accredited by the proper Government agency in the Philippines to the effect that the contracting parties have undergone marriage counseling. The certificate must be notarized and authenticated by the Office of the President and the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila
Names of two (2) witnesses above 21 years of age
Three (3) photocopies of witnesses’ identification cards (passport, residence permit, etc.)
Personal appearance for interview with the solemnizing officer
Due to the infrequent requests for Solemnizing of Marriage in the US, applicants are urged to directly contact Consular Jurisdictions covering their State. See here.
Letter of No Objection to Marry issued by the employers of both parties.
If parent is based in UAE, personally appear at the Consulate to execute affidavit of parental consent/advice. Bring copies of valid passport and visa page.
Passport must be reverted to bride’s single or maiden name prior to submission of application – in cases of previous marriage being annulled OR previous husband’s death.
If the applicant whose current residency is outside UAE and Philippines, submit Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage (LCCM) certificate issued from the Philippine Embassy/Consulate which has jurisdiction over the place of residence.
If the deceased spouse is Japanese, please submit Family Registry (Koseki Tohon) of the deceased spouse.
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