The wedding day
The ceremony takes place in the 11th floor of the Town Hall at Keiser Wilhelmsgate 11 in Ålesund. You will be met at the reception desk at the ground floor, so please be ready at least 15 minutes before your time for the ceremony.
Please remember to bring valid identification for the bridal couple which will be checked before the ceremony. Foreign nationals must bring passports.
Two witnesses must be present during the wedding ceremony. The witnesses are usually the maid of honor and the best man, but other adults (over 18) can also serve as witnesses.
If you do not bring your own witnesses, we will be happy to provide two witnesses free of charge – this will be arranged when you register.
Ålesund municipality can conduct the ceremony in Norwegian or English. If the couple getting married does not understand either of these languages, they must provide a qualified interpreter. (Costs for interpreter must be covered by the wedding couple.)
Each ceremony lasts approximately 10 - 15 minutes.
During the ceremony the following text will be read: Procedure for a civil marriage
You are welcome to exchange rings during the ceremony. Please be sure to mention this before the start of the ceremony.
It is possible to make certain changes to the wedding ceremonies by including the reading of poems, songs, music etc. Such amendments must be agreed on in advance. The wedding couple is responsible for all such arrangements.
Please note that there is a time limit of 25 minutes, as there are often several couples getting married on the same day.
Taking pictures and video during and after the ceremony is allowed.
When the ceremony is over, the wedding couple will receive a temporary certificate of marriage. A final certificate will be issued later by the Tax Administration.
Ålesund municipality wish you all the best for your wedding day and for your future together!