Marriage, Weddings and Vow Renewals
It would be difficult to imagine a more lovely island on which to get married or to renew your existing wedding vows, perhaps on a special wedding anniversary.
Our church in Palma is available to all, regardless of nationality or faith, and our excellent relationships with the island's Roman Catholic Priests mean that we can often arrange for marriages and wedding blessings to take place in other locations on the island.
If you are thinking of getting married in Mallorca then we can help.
If one of the partners has lived legally in Spain for at least two years then the civil marriage can be done in the local town hall followed by a religious ceremony in church or other location. Please check with the local town hall for their requirements.
If neither of the partners fulfil the residence requirements then the civil marriage will take place in their country of origin followed by a ceremony in church, at a hotel, on a beach or any other chosen location. For UK citizens this usually means the civil marriage taking place in the local registry office followed by the religious ceremony here. It's probably worth contacting one of the clergy as early as possible to discuss your plans.
These are some of the commonly asked questions:
"Who do I contact to discuss my wedding at the Anglican Church?"
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your initial plans and we will start the process. Alteratively telephone +34 971 737 279 to talk things through.
"How early do I need to start making my arrangements?"
You would normally need a minimum of two months to make your plans with either the town hall or registry office.
"Why can't we have the legal part of the marriage in church as well?"
You can - for UK couples see https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad, however, the process is long and complicated. All our wedding couples thus far, have enjoyed a legal registration of their marriage in their home country followed by a more elaborate celebration ceremony here on this beautiful island.
"Can we still have a marriage ceremony if one of the partners has been divorced?"
Yes, please talk it through with the Chaplain as early as possible in your planning.
"Is it possible to use another location apart from the Anglican Church?"
Yes, the Roman Catholic Church offers us hospitality in many of its churches. Many couples ask if the ceremony could be performed in a hotel, private home or at a beauty spot or other location; this is usually possible.
"What about music?"
For a traditional English wedding there is nothing like a Church Choir and Organist. We are fortunate to have the services of Wedding Singers Mallorca to provide this and more. Many of their singers are the Anglican Church Choir and they are augmented when necessary by other talented voices. Musical possibilities are endless from choir to soloists to instrumental pieces, orchestras and recorded music. Talk to Georgie Insull for more information - her website is www.weddingmusicmallorca.com
"Does the service have to be complicated and formal?"
No, in the past ceremonies have ranged from just the couple being present to large gatherings of family and friends.
"We are considering the possibility of hiring a wedding organiser. Can you recommend one?"
Although we have no formal links with any wedding organisers, please take a look at our LINKS page as we have put some helpful websites on there.
"How much does it cost?"
Donations for weddings and funerals are the same in each congregation.
The Chaplaincy is pleased to offer advise and guidence to couples in assisting them to create their celebration. Our service includes;
• Administration work in preparing for the service here on Mallorca.
• E mail / Skype contact with a trained and experienced minister, licensed by the Church of England, for consultation, advice
• Meetings in person before the service if you are visiting Mallorca prior to the day of the service.
• The production of an order of service.
• A rehearsal just before the day of your service if requested.
• Officiating at a service or ceremony on the day itself to a high professional standard.
As a Chaplaincy we can offer the following options;
on from a Registry office ceremony held in the UK) or Larger scale Renewal
of Marriage Vows
Both of these services would usually be 20-40 minutes duration and might include hymns, readings, candle ceremony, music, an address, prayers (depending on the couple's choice)
This might last 10-15 minutes, as a couple renew their marriage vows again to each other in the company of a few friends and family. (6 or less adults present)
For staff (minister or organist) travelling for visits additional to the service and rehearsal at the venue.
a quotation will be given on request depending upon the printing costs
How the Donations are set
The donations suggested here contributes towards the upkeep of the service that the Chaplaincy is pleased to provide for any who come to Mallorca and especially wedding couples. The level of donation is based upon the fees set by the Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages for England and Wales for a wedding service.
Use of our Churches
While the use of the Anglican churches in Palma or Puerto Pollenca is free, the donation for use of a Catholic Church building usually varies from €150 to €400 depending upon location and the amount requested by the local Catholic parish priest. This is paid by a couple separately and to the local Catholic Church parish office and a couple are responsible for making this arrangement.
Any other questions - please contact us.