Getting married in China can be an exciting and meaningful experience for couples. However, the process of registering a marriage in China can also be complex and challenging, with a number of requirements and procedures that must be followed.

In this article, we will provide an overview of the steps involved in getting married in China, the process for registering your marriage, and the options available for you and your partner.

What is the fastest way to get married in China?

Simple answer: online marriage! If you want to get married online, the process is fairly simple. You will need to apply for your marriage certificate online and pay a fee. You'll also need to provide proof that both parties are over 18 years old, such as a driver's license number or passport number.

Couples using Courtly can complete the entire process online from anywhere in the world. The process is easy and seamless and usually takes less than 48 hours to obtain a legal, US marriage certificate.

Are online marriages legal in China?

Currently, the Chinese government requires both partners to physically stand before the marriage registrar to get married. Additionally, you have to contact the registration office and make an appointment for your marriage at least one working day, and up to one month, in advance. No appointment, no wedding.

However, if you want to tie the knot as soon as possible, you also have the option to get married online through Courtly with a legal US marriage certificate.

Why would I want a U.S. marriage certificate in China?

You can use your U.S. marriage certificate as proof of your marriage both abroad and in China. This will help you when the time comes to apply for a visa and other immigration documents. But even if migration isn’t in your plan, A US marriage certificate is a legal document formalizing your marriage and serves as a record of your union recognized by the United States.

Is there a need to get your online marriage registered in China?

This is completely optional. Once you have received your legal US marriage certificate, you may choose to register your marriage in China. This is done by submitting your marriage certificate to the appropriate government office for authentication, along with other required documentation.

For further clarification, it’s best to contact the officials in your jurisdiction or an immigration or family law attorney. They can help you determine the legal status of your remote appearance wedding and any additional steps or documents you may need for recognition.

What is an apostille and do I need one?

No, you do not need an apostille copy of your marriage certificate if you want to register your wedding in China. China is not a member of Hague Convention, therefore Apostille is not acceptable.

However, a US marriage certificate must be legalized by the Chinese Embassy or the Chinese consulate in order to be used in China. This process is called authentication.

How to apply for an online marriage in China?

Couples can complete the full marriage process online from any location. Just make sure that you have a good internet connection. Other than that, there are no bells and whistles when it comes to online marriages. This is how the process goes with Courtly:

1. Our concierge will assist you in obtaining your license utilizing our safe ID verification system. To make sure everything is prepared for your big day, we'll look over everything for faults and coordinate with the authorities.

2. Choose a time and date, and we'll match you with one of our US officials from the Courtly network who is legally certified.

3. You can have a simple virtual ceremony in the comforts of your own home (or any other location with a reliable internet connection). The whole ceremony itself should just last a few minutes.

4. You'll receive a copy of your US marriage certificate online shortly after your online ceremony, and a print copy will be shipped to you within a week or two.

How much does it cost to have an online marriage in China?

A traditional wedding in China can be costly, with costs including the marriage license fee, ceremony expenses, and more.

An online wedding, on the other hand, can be more cost-effective. Courtly provides packages that include everything you'll need for a successful online marriage. For ¥3,399, you will get a valid marriage license, an online ceremony, and a legal, US marriage certificate. If you want to include an apostille stamp or request witnesses, there are additional fees.

What if I want to get married traditionally in China? What are the steps required?

The process of getting married in China typically involves both partners consenting to the marriage, meeting the age and mental and physical capacity requirements, and registering the marriage with the local civil affairs bureau. This typically involves submitting the necessary documents and undergoing a health check.

Getting married is a significant and exciting decision for many couples. While the process of registering a marriage in China can be complex and time-consuming, with Courtly, couples can have a fast and fuss-free wedding with the added benefit of receiving a valid US marriage certificate. With Courtly, you can streamline the process of getting married by having access to a team of experts who will guide you through every step of the way.

Let us handle the paperwork.

Getting married is complicated. Courtly simplifies the process and provides everything necessary to get married online, including providing a licensed officiant who can perform a remote ceremony.

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