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.

What is the step-by-step process to get married online in China?

Using Courtly, couples may do the entire process online from any place. A legitimate U.S. marriage certificate may be acquired quickly, easily, and in most cases, in less than 48 hours, without any documentation.

1.Complete the sign-up procedure by creating an account.

It's as simple as ABC to register with Courtly to be married online! To join up, simply click the "Get Married" icon in the top right corner and follow the on-screen instructions. As soon as you create your account, you should be able to access it.

2. Upload your pictures and private data.

A government-issued I.D. with the applicant's name and birthday clearly displayed is required. In order to help you obtain your marriage license, our concierge will use our secure I.D. verification procedure. Our system accepts several types of I.D.s from more than 200 nations!

We will check for any ambiguities and work with the authorities to make sure everything is ready for your big day.

3. Decide on the ceremony's format, setting, and officiant.

It's time to act! Choose a venue and ceremony style that suits you. Depending on the time and day you select, we'll match you with one of Courtly's legally qualified US officiants.

4. After paying for your wedding package, you will get an email confirmation.

Make the payment and watch for Courtly's email of confirmation. When this is finished, the wedding bells should start to sound!

5. Join your family and friends online to celebrate your marriage!

Finally, get hitched online while lounging in your house (or any other place with a strong internet connection!). It should take roughly 15 minutes to complete the ceremony.

A digital copy of your U.S. marriage certificate will be sent to you immediately after your online wedding, and a printed copy will be sent to you within a few business days. Soon after the wedding, you may download your digital marriage license.

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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