Getting Married in Norway

Eloping in Norway?

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If you'd like to get married on your next Norway vacation or are planning to elope in Norway on short notice, keep the following Norwegian marriage requirements and regulations in mind.

If you're interested in eloping in a different Scandinavian country, take a look at the guides to how to get married in Iceland,  Denmark, and Finland.

Marriage Requirements

What eloping couples will need to do:

  • Bring valid passports and birth certificates.
  • A marriage license from your home state or country must be obtained to certify that there is no hindrance for the marriage.
  • Contact the minister or County Court Judge in the area where you want to get married, in order to receive a Norwegian authorization of Marriage.
  • Count on a two week waiting period after having contacted the minister or County Court Judge.
  • License costs are very low (if any).

If you are not residing in Norway at the time of your marriage application and do not have a Norwegian personal identification number, applications are carried out by the Office of the National Registrar (Sentralkontor for folkeregistrering) in Oslo.

Procedures for civil marriage ceremonies in Norway are conducted by a Notary Public. As a first step, contact the City Recorder's Office (byfogdembete) or District Court (tingrett) where you intend to get married, or contact one of the Norwegian embassies worldwide for further details.

Gender Neutral Marriage

Norway is an open-minded country and has turned their "Registered Partnership Act" legislation into full gender-neutral marriages as of January 2009. Thus, the documentation required to do a same-sex marriage is identical to the marriage requirements shown above.

Norwegian Marriage Customs

If you are getting hitched in Norway, here are a few traditions and customs you might want to incorporate in the ceremony.

  • Traditional Norwegian brides wear includes a silver crown or silver and gold crown, hung with small spoon-shaped bangles.
  • For a traditional Norwegian Wedding Procession, fiddle players will lead the way led the wedding party down the aisle.
  • At the event guests traditionally throw rye and barley grains at the newlyweds. The more grains a bride is able to catch, the brighter a future the couple will have together.
  • Typically, Norwegian wedding parties are very intimate—with only a single attendant standing for the bride and groom, respectively.
  • It is customary for a groom to gift his new bride a piece of jewellery on the morning after the wedding ceremony. The gift is known as a "morgengave" ("morning gift").
  • The classic garb for a groom is a hand-crafted woolen suit, called a bundas. The bundas is comprised of a white shirt, a vest, coat, shortened pants and stockings that rise to the calf.
  • Norwegian weddings usually feature the couple walking down the aisle to the traditional Norwegian tune "Come to the Wedding."
  • Newly married couples often plant a single fir tree on each side of the entrance to their home—the trees are thought to be symbols of the couple's desire to grow a family.
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