Marriage ceremony options
You can get married at the Local Register Office, in a district court, in a church or on the premises of some other religious society.
You can get married at the Local Register Office, in a district court or on the premises of a religious society that has the right to marry couples. Before the ceremony, impediments to the marriage must have been examined.
Religious societies with a right to marry couples include the Evangelic Lutheran and Greek Orthodox churches, some other Christian churches and certain Muslim and Jewish congregations.
Several other religious societies also have the right to marry couples, including the Baha’i society, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Hare Krishna movement. Religious societies decide themselves on the grounds on which they marry their members.
Anyone can have a civil ceremony at the Local Register Office or in a district court once impediments to the marriage have been examined .
Yes. A public servant from the Local Register Office or from a district court can come and marry you in the place chosen by you and outside the office hours, if this is agreed upon in beforehand. This may result in costs that you will have to pay.
The Evangelic Lutheran church will marry a couple when one of the spouses is a member of the church and the other belongs to some other Christian congregation in Finland or abroad.
If one of you is a church member and the other is non-religious or a member of some other religious group, you can have a civil marriage ceremony at the Local Register Office or in a district court. After the civil marriage, you can ask the Evangelic Lutheran church to bless your marriage.
The Greek Orthodox church marries couples if either both belong to the Greek Orthodox church, or one of the spouses is a member of some other Christian church.
The Evangelic Lutheran church has not made a decision to offer marriage ceremonies in church for same-sex couples. People within the church have different views of this matter, and they follow different practices. Couples should ask their parish to find out what the parish can do for its members who would like to conclude a same-sex marriage.