A wedding ceremony can be one of the most expensive days in a newlywed couple’s life.
But if you know how to get married in Javea, you have a range of options from a completely free ceremony to as little as €200 to get married at one of Javea’s two main churches.
Wherever you get married in Javea, you will still need to go through official procedures to have your wedding enter official civil registry records.
Here’s our short guide on how to get married in Javea.
How much does it cost to get married in Javea?
There are four options open to couples wishing to get married in Javea:
- You can get married at the Juzgado de Paz in Javea for free
- You can get married at a municipal building (e.g. the Town Hall, the chapel of Santa Ana or the Riurau d’Arnauda) for €75 on working days in the morning, for €100 on working days in the afternoon and for €200 on saturdays, sundays or holidays.
- You can get married at the Iglesia-Fortaleza de San Bartolomé in the old town or the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Loreto in the port area for €200
- You can get married at a private address or at a viewpoint without paying a municipal fee, however you still need to request a town councillor attend to officiate over the civil ceremony
If you choose to get married in a municipal building or space that has no existing seats or decorations you will need to source those at your own cost, and on top of the fee paid to the municipality.
How do I get married in Javea?
Non-Spanish nationals need to following documents to get married in Javea:
- Residency card or certificate (e.g. the TIE card of the EU green certificate), the original and a copy
- Birth certificate dated no more than three months ago – for UK citizens you can order birth certificates online here
- Padrón certificate dated no more than three months ago
- Certificado de no Impedimento – a document proving there is no obstruction to the wedding, for which you may need to contact your consulate and wait a few weeks to receive the certificate (UK nationals can find information here)
- Valid passports, original and copies
You can now make an appointment at the Juzado de Paz in Javea:
Jutjat de Pau/ Juzgado de Paz
Carrer d’Avall, 39
+34 965 79 10 93
Open 10am-2pm Monday to Saturday
At your appointment, you hand over your file of paperwork and leave a contact number. You should be called within a week and asked to return to the Juzgado de Paz and complete some more information. This information will be sent to the Palacio de Justicia in Denia for the judge’s approval.
You will be called within a few weeks and asked to return to Denia to pick up your paperwork.
In the meantime, you can begin arranging the venue for your wedding (if you wish to use a church or municipal space). You will also need to choose one of 21 council members to conduct the civil ceremony, by approaching them and asking them.
You will need to confirm the details for the waiting (date, time, venue and name of participating councillor) and you can provide this information when you return to the Juzgado de Paz in Javea with your paperwork from the Denia court.
NOTE – your birth certificate may need to be presented with an Apostille stamp, or be signed by a local notary.