There are two ways where you can get married in the Philippines. First, you can get married in a church (Church Wedding). Second, is what they called Civil Wedding or Civil Marriage. I will talk more about the Civil Wedding because I don't have experience on Church Wedding yet.
Once you have all the requirements gathered in getting married in the Philippines (and no one objected on your Marriage Notice posted or announced in the church for 10 days), both you and your partner are allowed to marry.
Your civil wedding will be conducted by a judge. You can not choose the judge. The judge's names will be raffled/shuffled on to which couple they will conduct the wedding. This is a new rule. The reason for this new rule is that many marriages before are not legal or are not taking the necessary steps to get married.
For example, it is a requirement to attend the Pre-Marriage Counseling to obtain a Certificate of Attendance that you really attend the seminar. Many couples are lazy enough to attend this seminar even though it only last for 8 hours (in a day). They just pay the judge a high price and the judge will do the paperworks for the couple. What the couple only have to do is just sign a number of papers and that's it, done.
Because of this, many judges were suspended and many “married” couples are not accepted as valid or legal. That simply means they have to do the paper processing and get married again! A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME! As I remember, a friend of mine told me she paid 5,000 to 7,000 Pesos (some even paid for 5 digits especially the foreigners) and believe me, IT'S NOT WORTH IT! When I processed my marriage papers, I only paid around 2,000 Pesos or lower.
On the Wedding Day, a personnel in charge will type your information on the CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE paper. You have to make sure EVERY DETAIL typed on this paper are CORRECT. If it happens that some details are mistakenly, incorrectly or wrongly typed, immediately tell the personnel in charge or the typist to make the necessary corrections.
The wedding ceremony will be held inside the court (but you can always choose that your Civil Wedding will be held in a different place like in your house, in a garden, hall, or restaurant but of course you have to pay the judge for this). In my wedding, it only last for about 10 minutes. “What? 10 minutes? But the paper processing take days?“ Yes, you are right ^_^! But anyway, congratulations on your wedding! ^_^
- Marriage Requirements in the Philippines
- Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage (“Ehefähigkeitszeugnis”)
- Pre Marriage Counselling
- DFA Red Ribbon
- Endorsing of Certificate of Marriage to the NSO
- CFO-SMEF-COW Seminar