Question: What are the marriage customs in Germany?

Traditionally, the father walks the bride down the aisle to the altar. Popular customs during the festivities include the happy couple opening up the dance floor by taking the first dance, cutting the wedding cake at midnight and the bride throwing the wedding bouquet.

What are the marriage laws in Germany?

In Germany marriage may only be contracted before a registrar, a religious ceremony is optional. In Germany marriage may only be contracted before a registrar. A religious ceremony is optional.

Do I have to register my marriage in Germany?

If you marry abroad, you need to have your marriage officially registered in Germany as well. To do so, you must submit an application for a certificate of marriage to the relevant Civil Registry Office. You will also need to present your marriage certificate and, if necessary, a so-called apostille.

How long does it take to register marriage in Germany?

Registering a civil marriage usually takes about 30 minutes. It must be held by a civil registrar and both partners must be present in person to declare that they wish to marry each other.

Who pays for a wedding in Germany?

Car Procession โ€“ after the wedding a car procession is formed and drives through town honking their horns โ€“ others honk back wishing the couple good luck. Costs โ€“ the father of the bride has to pay the wedding. This is an old custom but today normally both parents and the couple itself divide the costs for the wedding.

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