Our Germerican Wedding Reception

I married my German husband on December 30, 2016 in a beautiful wedding ceremony in the Lüneburg Water Tower. After the ceremony, we celebrated our marriage in a small reception in the historic Lüner Mühle – a restaurant and hotel located directly on the river in an old mill built in the 14th century. The celebration actually began with a short reception on the top of the water tower, which is where we met our guests after the ceremony. Marco’s father, an avid flag collector, also gave us our first wedding gift! 😀 Couples that get married in the Lüneburg Continue Reading

Our Germerican Wedding Ceremony

On December 30, 2016, I married my [German] husband in a small civil wedding ceremony in Lüneburg, Germany. Since we had planned a winter wedding in Northern Germany, we were never expecting nice weather. In fact, the days prior to the wedding were the typical gray, cold, rainy weather we are used to. However, the skies cleared for one single day in late December, and that was the day of our wedding. The ceremony was held in the city’s historic water tower. My husband, Marco, arrived at the venue before me and greeted our guests as they arrived. This was Continue Reading

Getting Married in Germany: Wedding Planning, Pt. 2

At the end of August, I wrote about the plans for our wedding in Germany, which will be held this year on December 30! There, I wrote that we had set a date and location, I had my dress, and we sent out invitations. Here is what we’ve gotten done since then: PhotographerOur wedding is small and simple, but finding a great photographer whose style we really liked was important for us. We sent emails to about 15 photographers in our city. We were pleasantly surprised when our two favorites quoted us reasonable prices for a three-hour photography package (digital copies Continue Reading

Getting Married in Germany: Costs and Fees for Foreigners

How much does it cost for a foreigner to get married in Germany? I searched this exact question quite a lot after my German fiancé popped the question back in November. And although this question depends on your citizenship and the German city you are in, I still struggled to find any answers. So, now that I have registered my marriage and payed all the fees, I will tell you how much it cost for me, a US-American, to marry a German in Germany. Here is a breakdown of all the necessary costs and fees my fiancé and I had Continue Reading

Getting Married in Germany: Wedding Planning, Pt. 1

Neither my German fiancé nor I have ever really cared much for weddings. So, for the first six months of our engagement we never really talked about our wedding at all. Now don’t get me wrong. Both Marco and I have a great respect for marriage, which is why we are getting married. We also love seeing people that we love get married. But all the wedding hoopla? Eh. Not for us. Since we registered our marriage at the beginning of August, however, we have had to dive right into wedding planning. And with both of our laid-back attitudes about the Continue Reading

Getting Married in Germany: Registering a Marriage

Over 5 months after our first meeting at the German registry office, my German fiancé and I went back again today to officially register our marriage! As I wrote in my previous post about getting married in Germany, we had to collect the following documents on our own: ✓ Foreign birth certificate with name of parents [with Apostille] & German translation (me)✓ Copy from the birth register (German fiancé)✓ Copy of passport✓ Proof of income Ordering the birth certificate, getting an Apostille for it, and then getting it all translated took the most time, but it was all relatively painless. Continue Reading

Getting Married in Germany: The Required Documents

If you didn’t already know, I am getting married! Since I am marrying a German in Germany, however, this process is much more bureaucratic than romantic (at least for now). The German fiance and I scheduled our first appointment at the local Standesamt (registry office) for Monday, February 15th at 10:00 a.m. This made for a very exciting Valentine’s Day, as we were anticipating what would happen on the following day. What documents do we need to get married in Germany? Will I need to go to the American embassy? How much money will it all cost? Can we set Continue Reading