Civil marriages can be officiated by the heads of local register offices, district registrars or public notaries.
An investigation into the possible impediments to marriage is carried out before the ceremony. Further information on the investigation of impediments. The certificate of the investigation of impediments must be submitted to the officiator prior to the marriage ceremony. The bridal couple must be prepared to prove their identity before the ceremony. In addition, they must inform the officiator of the surnames they will adopt.
The marriage ceremony is short, but it can include live music or poetry readings, for example. At least two witnesses must be present at the ceremony.
Officiating a marriage ceremony during office hours and at the office is free of charge.