So, here's what we've done so far:
I am really excited about #4, our appointment is this Thursday, 4 March. This is great, only five or six more steps!
- Got certified copies of our birth certificates
- Got them translated into Italian
- Got the apostille which is internationally recognized stating our birth certificates are real
- Made an appointment at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC to get our Atto Notorio
After #4 is complete, we have the following left...
We are completing #3 four days before our wedding. Our interpreter is helping us with that process, which I am grateful for.
- Make an appointment at our consulate in Rome to fill out another form, Nulla Osta.
- Take the Nulla Osta and get a stamp on it, bought for 1 or 2 Euros at a tobacconist
- Then take everything to the Town Hall a few days in advance to declare our presence and our marriage. We also pay at the Post Office at this time too.
- Come back for our ceremony.
- After the ceremony we have to file at the province capital, our interpreter is doing this for us for a small fee.
After that we are legally married in the US and Italy!
This seems like a lot of paperwork to get married. Others have asked me why don't we get married legally here and then do a symbolic ceremony there. My response is all of the hard work and frustrations are going to make it so sweet! If you're going to do it, do it right!
Also, I have a cheesy dream of having a beautiful wedding certificate in Italian from the town hall framed in my house. We are actually getting 5 copies, 4 which are international versions (in English and Italian) and one in Italian for framing.
Stay tuned, we are only on the original step 4, Atto Notorio....