Finding that special someone you want to spend the rest of your life with is such an amazing feeling. What if though you are dating a foreigner ( like a filipina ), and you two decide you want to get married where they live?
I want to explain how to marry a filipina in her home country, the Philippines.
The process is similar no matter where you live in the world — and luckily for you, if you do decide to go to the Philippines to get married — they have some of the best beaches in the world!
So let me start things off real quick and tell you what you’ll need to have in order to get married in the Philippines.
What you will Need
Here are the the main requirements for what you will need to have on hand when you are ready to start the process of getting married.
- Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry
- 50 dollars cash U.S. or Philippine Pesos
- Birth Certificate ( Original Copy ) + multiple copies
- Identification Card ( or any other valid Ids )
- If you are the age of 18-21 documentation of parental consent, ages 22-24 you will need parental advice
- ( If previously married ) Death certificates or divorce papers showing you are now able to marry.
Again these main requirements are what you’ll need in order to get married — but you may need a few more items or some not at all. For example, you would not need a divorce paper if you’ve never been married.
Just check with your embassy, to make sure you have everything they are going to ask for.
Now that you know what you need, let me know explain the process of how all of this is done.
What is Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry
1. Understanding what the Affidavit Rules Are
Your probably wondering what the heck is this?
In simple terms they are rules to confirm that there is no legal obstructions / reasons why you can’t marry a filipina person ( like still being married. )
If you want to read the official rules yourself, you can view them here.
Now that you know what that is, it is now time to set up your appointment to to get your “Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.”
2. Making Your Appointment
The fastest and easiest way to get your Affidavit file is to go to your Embassy’s Website and make an appointment.
If you are from the U.S. you can click here to make your appointment. Otherwise go to your respectful country’s website and do the same thing.
Then choose “Request notarial and other services not listed above” — followed by checking off you have read the instructions, then clicking submit.
Make sure to print a copy and bring it with you, to show your confirmation.
Once you have done all of this and set up your appointment, all you have to do now is wait until your appointment day.
Step 3: Going To Your Appointment
Now that you have your appointment all set — you’ll want to bring a few of the items I mentioned earlier in the post with you.
- Confirmation printout of your appointment
- Death certificates / divorce papers ( If you need them )
- Valid U.S. Passport
- $50 dollars cash / 2516 Philippine Pesos / or Credit Card
The Embassies also ask for anyone that does not need to sign papers or witness anything not come — that way it will give them extra space for everyone that is there.
Usually only the person who made the appointment will need to show up — but it’s always best to ask your embassy just to be sure.
Whew! Now once all that is over, and you got your Affidavit file — you can now start the process of your marriage application.
Marriage Application Process
Once you ( the U.S. citizen ) has gotten their Affidavit file, you can now file for a marriage license.
You will want to go to the office of the Philippine Civil Registrar, in the city where one of the parties is a resident.
When you go to apply for your marriage license, make sure you bring the following items…
- The Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry
- Death certificates / Divorce papers ( If you need them )
- Your U.S. Passport
- Documents if you are the between the ages of 18-24 for Parental consent or advice
The Philippine law ask you to wait 10 days for them to process your marriage licence.
Once you get a receipt though showing you got your licence, you are now free to marry anywhere in the Philippines which will stay valid for the next 120 days.
When you two are finally ready to get married — any judge, minister, or person authorized by the Philippine Government can perform it for you.
Some Final Thoughts
Marrying your loved one in a whole different country can be a lot of fun! I personally plan on getting my vows renewed in a few years to my wife in the Philippines.
If you are a guy however, and want to marry your finance in the Philippines — expect to be paying for just about everything — as it is what is usually traditionally done over there.
Also don’t be shocked if they ask you to wear a barong, which is a traditional wedding shirt for men. To me, it kinda looks like a long white shirt with a nice design on the front of it.
In any way, you can expect your wedding to be one you’ll definitely remember — with lots of singing, dancing, and drinking.
If you are dating a filipina person right now, have you ever thought about marrying them in the Philippines? Maybe you already know someone that has been married over there?
I would love to hear if you are planning on doing this, or if you have any stories of other people who’ve done it. Also if you have any questions you would like to ask, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll get back with you shortly.