Romantic Italian Weddings

Catholic at Cortona Cathedral

Foreign citizens can be married in a Catholic service in Italy. In this case, the ceremony must take place in a Catholic church building. The Catholic ceremony without the civil document signing is not legally binding and can be performed only if the couple has been married civilly prior to the Catholic ceremony. You must present a copy of your official marriage certificate.

Religious Documents

In order to celebrate a Catholic wedding ceremony in Italy you will be asked to prepare specific religious documents with your parish priest. This documentation must be sent to the Italian diocese approximately three months before the wedding. Once the wedding planning has started, Romantic Italian Weddings staff will inform you of the religious documentation to complete.

Order of Service/ Wedding Programs

The catholic ceremony will be performed by an English-speaking priest. However, the order of service will be agreed upon by your own home parish priest: you can decide on the readings and hymns and prepare the wedding programs for the ceremony together with him. Once the wedding planning has started, we will provide you with full details on what the wedding programs should include, based on our experience. We will ask you to send us a scanned copy of your program so that we can send it to the English speaking priest performing your ceremony for final approval.

Religious Wedding Certificate

At the end of the ceremony, the priest will invite the wedding couple and their witnesses to the altar to sign the register; you will receive a religious wedding certificate issued by the church where you celebrated your Catholic ceremony.

Catholic Churches in the Area

We propose four historic churches for religious ceremonies performed in Cortona:

  • Cathedral of Cortona
  • Church of San Filippo
  • Church of San Benedetto
  • Church of Santa Maria Nuova

The first three churches are all in the historical center of Cortona, while the church of Santa Maria Nuova is just outside the center.

Cathedral of Cortona

The Cathedral of Cortona is the most popular choice and, in our opinion, the perfect location for a Roman Catholic wedding.

The church is 155 feet (47 m) long and 59 feet (18 m) wide. The nave rises to a height of 52 feet (16 m) and the aisles are 36 feet (11 m) long.

The layout of the church is reminiscent of the work of Brunelleschi. Two rows of monolithic columns in dark grey stone support the arches bearing the central walls of the nave. The columns and arches divide the church into six bays. A series of windows along the two walls above the arches (between the upper part of the cornice and the trusses of the wooden ceiling) once illuminated the interior of the church.