About Weddings...

About Weddings...

When and where do you have to register for the civil ceremony? What sort of documents do you need? Is it possible to hold the ceremony also on off-site locations? What is the order of the church ceremony?

Civil Ceremony
If you start organising your wedding, at first you have to register at the Registry Office at least two months before the planned date of your wedding. If you would like to hold the ceremony on off-site location during the most frequented weekends of the summer season, it is advised to set the date three to six months before. The couple has to book the date personally at the registrar, we inform you about the neccessary documents, if one of the couple is a foreigner, the certificates he or she has to show, the way of the official translation, the capacity of the registry offices in Budapest and their office hours. We help you in the official translation of the documents, to find the perfect location, we give you ideas to plan the ceremony, to choose musics and poems.

Catholic Wedding Ceremony
You have to register three to six months before the wedding and make a booking arrangement personally at the presbytery according to the bride's or groom's permanent address - if you plan to hold the wedding ceremony at another church, you have to apply for licence from your parish clerk. Stipulation of a catholic marriage is, that at least either the bride or the groom should be catholic, for certification of this you must show Certificates of Baptism issued maximum three months before the wedding. Before the ceremony each couple has to take part in a Marriage Preparation Program at least three times, but the number of occasions depends on parishes.

Protestant Wedding Ceremony
According to the protestant church the wedding ceremony is not a sacrament, only the spiritual benediction of the civil marriage. You have to register and set up your date for blessing worship at least one month before your wedding at the presbytery of the bride or groom defined by their permanent address.

Evangelistic Wedding Ceremony
Similar to the catholic and protestant ordinance, the stipulation of an evangelistic wedding ceremony is that at least either the bride or the groom should be baptised and the couple has to take part in a Marriage Preparation Program.

Jewish Wedding Ceremony
Provision of a Jewish nuptial ceremony is that both the bride and the groom should be hebrews.
The ceremony is held by the Rabbi who assigns two Jewish witnesses to attest the nuptial ceremony. The liturgy consists of seven specific wedding blessings. The act of marriage traditionally takes place under a canopy known as a huppah, the marriage contract (the ketubah) is read out or chanted. At the conclusion of the blessings, after the couple drinks from the wedding cup, the groom breaks the glass.

Ceremony on Off-Site Locations
If you would like to hold the wedding ceremony on special off-site locations, like castles, parks or more wayout by water or in the air, you should check it in time with the registrar or the priest.
In case of civil wedding you should apply for the responsible Regisrty Office, the only condition is that the location should be identified and referred to in the register (by profile map number, river kilometer on the Danube).
On the occasion of a church wedding the conditions alter: the catholic wedding ceremony should be held only in consecrated church or chapel. The protestant and evangelical parishes are more flexible, though it is determined by the priest's indiviudal judgement in each case.

Entering to the Ceremony
In the room or the church the guests of the bride sit on the right, while the guests of the groom take seats on the left. Traditionally, at first the grandparents are showed to their place in the first row, then arrive the couple's parents, finally the mother of the bride that also indicates the beginning of the ceremony. If the coulpe enters the church conventionally, the groom is showed by his mother and the bride is accompanied by her father, but the couple may also enter together, followed by the witnesses.