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Legal Formalities

Before you can marry or register a civil partnership, the legal formalities have to be completed at the civil registry office in charge. Find out more about the procedure in our film.

Every year, 2500 couples tie the knot in Zurich and the civil registry office staff provides an individual experience for each bride and groom. In the film, we ex-plain every step from booking the wedding date and completing the legal formali-ties to the moment the bride and groom get to say “I do”. We also introduce our wedding venues. We look forward to hosting you!

Every year, 2500 couples tie the knot in Zurich and the civil registry office staff provides an individual experience for each bride and groom couple. In the film, we explain every step from booking the civil ceremony and completing the legal formalities to the moment the bride and groom couple get to say “I do”. We also introduce our wedding venues. We look forward to hosting you! 

Reservation of wedding and civil partnership registration dates

You can pre-book the date for your wedding or civil partnership registration at the online service desk. Within one week we will send you detailed information about the documents to be submitted. If we already have your documents for verification, you can only make your reservation by calling +41 44 412 31 50.

Foreign nationals

If you are a foreign national, you may not be registered in the Swiss Civil Register yet. Please pre-book your wedding or civil partnership registration date at the online service desk or fill in the contact form «marriage for foreign nationals» so we can inform you about the documents to be submitted within the following days. All necessary documents for the legal formalities must be received by us in full at least two months before your wedding or civil partnership registration date.

Deadlines & time limits

The legal formalities have to be completed at the civil registry office of your place of residence at the latest one month before your wedding or civil partnership registration. After the successful completion of the legal formalities, you can get married or register your civil partnership within three months; we can also officiate your wedding or register your civil partnership right on the spot at the service desk. Appointments for completing the formalities must be made by telephone (044 412 31 50).

Marriage and civil partnership registrations outside of Zurich for Zurich residents

If you live in the city of Zurich but you would like to get married or register your civil partnership in another city, the Zurich civil registry office is in charge of the legal formalities. After completing the legal formalities, we will issue a marriage license or civil partnership license for you. With this document, you can get married or register your civil partnership in another municipality (in Switzerland). Appointments for completing the formalities must be made by telephone (044 412 31 50).

Pre-book your civil partnership or wedding date

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