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You Will Need
- Local laws
- Embassy, consulate or tourist office
- Documents and special requirements
Never mind the U.S. embassy
If you're American, do not expect to get married at an American embassy or consulate. U.S. consular offices do not perform marriages, but they may authenticate foreign marriage documents.
Understand local laws
Know that the validity of marriages abroad rests upon adherence to the laws of the country where the marriage is performed.
Check with the local country's offices
Check with the embassy, consulate, or tourist office of the country where you want to be married and make sure you can get a marriage license in that country.
Know which documents you need
Find out which documents and medical tests you will need, and how long it will take to process paperwork.
Find out about special requirements
Ask whether there are special requirements for a religious ceremony versus a civil one, and whether you will need witnesses. Now you can plan your ceremony.