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Getting Married In Argentina

Are you looking for the perfect place to plan your wedding ceremony? Then Argentina is the place for you. Beautiful sunsets, miles of sandy beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, the backdrop of the Andes Mountains, excellent food and delicious wines are just a few of the reasons why Argentina is the perfect wedding destination. Argentinian hospitality is also top-rate and you'll feel like a special bride from the moment you step off the plane. The country welcomes people from all nations to plan their wedding here and is happy to host same-sex marriages.

Fact File Highlights
Weather & Climate Culture & Etiquette
Food & Drink Money & Wedding Costs
Legal Requirements Provinces

Fact File

  • Size: 2,780,400 km2 - Argentina is the second largest country in South America after Brazil. The country has both the highest and lowest elevation points in South America.
  • Population: Approximately 40 million
  • Capital City: Buenos Aires
  • Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS)
  • Languages Spoken: The official language of the country is Spanish, but many people also know how to speak English and both languages are taught in school. Many indigenous tribes have also maintained their own dialects.
  • Main Religions: The main religion in Argentina is Roman Catholic, and Pope Benedict was born here. Protestant Christians are also a large majority in the country. Only one percent of the population is Muslim, but the country is home to the second largest mosque in the world. Argentina also has the largest Jewish population in Latin America.
  • Major Holidays and Festivals:
    • New Year’s Day - January 1st to mark the new year.
    • Truth and Justice Memorial Day - Held on March 24 to mark the anniversary of the start of the National Reorganization Process.
    • El Carnaval de Pais - Held two weeks prior to the beginning of lent each year. Festivities occur throughout the country, but the city of Gualeguaychu holds the largest carnival in the country.
    • Veteran’s Day - Held on April 2nd, this holiday is designed to honor all of the soldiers that lost their lives during the Falklands War.
    • Labor Day - Held to honor the workers across the country and is on May 1st each year.
    • National Day - Held on May 25th in remembrance of the 1810 Revolution.
    • Independence Day - Held on July 9th, this holiday marks the anniversary of the day Argentina gained its independence from Spain.
    • Day of Tradition - Held on November 10th to honor the birth of Jose Hernandez.
    • Virgin Mary Day - Held in early December to honor the virgin Mary.
    • Christmas - December 25th

Highlights

Argentina is an extremely diverse country and has a wide variety of things to do. The Andes Mountain range offer numerous skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing opportunities. The elongated coastline provides plenty of beach resorts and water sports. There are also dozens of government operated national parks and historical sites located in various provinces within the country. The Iguazu Falls is one of the main natural wonders of the world and is seen by millions of visitors each year.

Weather and Climate

The climate in Argentina varies greatly by location, but generally the summers are hot and humid and the winters are cold. It 's important to remember that the seasons are different in the southern hemisphere, so when people in North America or Europe are experiencing winter, it is summer in Argentina and vice versa. Also, the further south you go the colder the region is. The warmer areas are located in northern Argentina.  The areas located near the Andes Mountains will experience cool summers and extremely cold winters, while the desert areas of central Argentina will be hot and dry throughout most of the year.

Culture and Etiquette

People in Argentina often greet others, even people they’ve just met, with a kiss on the right cheek. This is a customary practice and you may offend them you if you back away. Also, don’t be surprised if people ask you personal questions. This is another common practice and they expect you to ask them personal questions too. They may consider you rude or that you don’t like them if you don’t ask them some questions. They also like to joke around and you should not take offense. The best thing to do is to just joke back with them. If they are angry with you, their expression will let you know. Punctuality is not very important in the culture and you should expect to wait at least 15 minutes for any appointment or meeting you have set up. Also, if you are invited to a party, it’s not proper to arrive early. You should come at the designated time or later.

Food and Drink

Beef is one of the main foods in Argentina and can be seen in almost all of their dishes. Many people think that Argentina has some of the best beef in the entire world. The country is also well-known for its fine wine, especially its Mendoza, and also has a popular tea-like drink called mate.

Argentinians are late starters and typically don’t eat breakfast until about 10am. This is usually just a light meal that may only include coffee and a pastry or toast. Lunch is served closer to 3pm and many of the locals do not eat dinner until about 10pm, but you will see restaurants begin to open around 8pm.

Tipping is optional in Argentina, but most people tip around 10 percent of their restaurant bill. Some restaurants may add a cutlery charge to your bill. This is more like a service fee and goes to the restaurant and not the server, so a tip is still welcomed.

Money and Wedding Costs

Many travelers to Argentina only need a passport and don’t need to obtain a visa. However, there is a reciprocity fee charged upon entering the country. The fee varies depending on your nationality, but those traveling from the United States, will pay a set fee of $160 that allows them to enter Argentina as many times as they want over the course of ten years.

There is a small fee of $40 which must be paid to the Civil Registry for holding your wedding ceremony and processing your paperwork.  You will also be expected to pay the hospital upfront for the cost of having the proper blood tests performed (see below).

If you choose to have a formal wedding and reception the cost will vary greatly based on how lavish you wish to make the ceremony. However, you will find that the cost of many items needed for a wedding ceremony, such as catering services, flowers, accommodation and photographers are more affordable in Argentina than many other countries.

All cities within Argentina use pesos (ARS) and the current exchange rate is about ARS 5 to 1 USD (United States dollar). Coins come in various forms, including 1 or 2 pesos, and 5, 10, 25, 50 centavos, with 100 centavos equaling 1 peso. Bank notes also come in various denominations, including 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos. Some places do accept the United States dollar or the Euro, but you should always keep pesos with you. Don’t be too surprised if some places offer golosinas or candies in place of 5 or 10 centavos of change, this is standard practice. If you are using a credit card to make purchases, be prepared to show proper identification. Also, you’ll not be able to use a debit card in Argentina because their system doesn’t support PIN number entry.

Legal Requirements for Marrying in Argentina

Warning The following notes are not comprehensive and are intended as a guide only. Before planning your wedding in Argentina we strongly advise you to contact the Argentinian embassy in your home country or your country's embassy in Argentina to obtain up-to-date legal requirements.

When getting married in Argentina, you will be required to perform an initial ceremony at the Civil Registry in the province you want to be married. This ceremony will be performed by a worker of the registry, and you must have two witnesses over the age of 18-years old, but can be attended by your entire immediate family. You can choose to have an additional, more formal ceremony, but the government will only acknowledge the one performed through the Civil Registry and many churches require this initial ceremony to be performed first.

The first step to getting married is to schedule an appointment with the Civil Registry you want to be married in 30 to 45 days prior to your wedding day. Many registries allow you to apply for this appointment online. You will be required to complete paperwork prior to this meeting, and bring along your passport, additional identification, and the address of where you are staying in Argentina. If either party has been previously married, you will need to submit a copy of your divorce decree or death certificate of your former spouse. You will also need to have a blood test done at an appropriate hospital in Argentina at least seven days prior to your wedding day.

Provinces of Argentina

Argentina is organised into 23 provinces plus the capital city of Buenos Aires. Each province is unique and offers many reasons to get married there.

Find out more about the Provinces of Argentina or browse our Argentinian Wedding Directory to start planning your dream wedding.