Congratulations! You’re getting married – and even better, you’re exchanging your vows in a tropical paradise.
What could be more romantic?
There you stand on a tranquil beach. The dazzling sun caresses your shoulders as you gaze into each other’s eyes with friends and family looking on. Your dream wedding is about to begin.
Or is it?
Did you do your homework? Was your paperwork in order before you arrived at your destination?
As exciting as it may seem, getting married abroad is usually not as simple as selecting a dress, renting a tux, sending out invitations, and booking a vacation package. To ensure your overseas wedding goes off without a hitch, you will need to obtain a number of documents before you leave Canada.
Although every country has different requirements, in most situations you will need a valid passport, a Single Status Declaration, notarized copies of your birth certificate, and if you are widowed or have been previously married, you will need notarized copies of your divorce and/or death certificates, as well.
Additionally, foreign authorities will likely ask that an apostille be attached to your documents. In Canada the process of notarization + authentication + legalization is equivalent to an apostille. It is extremely important that you contact the embassy or consulate of the country where you will be wed to ensure you meet their specific requirements.
For more information on authentication and legalization, please see our article “What is an apostille and when do you need one?”
Red Seal Notary is Canada’s leading expert in all matters relating to authentication and legalization. We have years of experience working with Canadian government authorities, as well as with foreign embassies and consulates. Our team can navigate the complex and often time-consuming steps involved in the authentication and legalization process to ensure your documents are properly prepared for use in a foreign country.
Let our timely and professional service take the stress out of preparing for your wedding abroad.
Contact us today at 1-888-922-7325 or send an email to [email protected]. One of our friendly customer service representatives will be happy to assist you.