Changes in our wedding schedule

The weddings take place at Ting- og Arresthuset every Friday and every other Saturday (in odd weeks). On Friday we can ask witnesses.


At the Old Town Hall in Ribe, weddings are held every Friday and every other Saturday (for even weeks) We can provide witnesses on Fridays. Saturday only with own witnesses.

If you live abroad, please contact the wedding office, as there are several entry rules due to travel restrictions.

You can keep yourself updated on the current entry rules on this web site:


Danish and foreign couples can get married in a romantic setting in Esbjerg Municipality

Every week, many Danish and foreign couples experience a wonderful, unforgettable wedding day in Esbjerg Municipality.

Before you can make an appointment for your wedding, we will need a few necessary documents from you in order to process your request.

If you are a Danish citizen, you must use this self-service solution

Please read more about the application process under For foreign nationals if one or both of you are foreign citizen.

We will process your request as quickly as possible, and you will receive a reply from us within approximately two weeks.

We speak Danish, English and German.


Please read the important information below.

You can get married on the following days:

Esbjerg Ting- og Arresthus (The Old City Hall & Jailhouse):
Fridays 09.40 a.m.  - 12.40 p.m.
Saturdays in odd weeks at 10.00 - 12.40

Det Gamle Rådhus (The Old Town Hall in Ribe):
Fridays at 10.00 - 12.30 p.m.
Saturdays in even weeks at 10.00 - 12.30 p.m.

Other places: Every day, in agreement with the Wedding Office.

If you have a special request for the place or date, please contact the Wedding Office for more information.

The Old Town Hall in Ribe and the Ting- og Arresthus in Esbjerg are closed for weddings on specified dates. For more information, see the closed dates section.

Get married in a special place

If you dream about getting married in a truly special place, you will find unique locations throughout Esbjerg Municipality. Whether you are planning a wedding on the beach, in the garden, at sea or somewhere entirely different, we are ready to conduct the official part of the wedding ceremony.


Read more on this page: Get married in a special place.


Get married in Esbjerg

The “Gamle Ting- og Arresthus” (The Old City Hall & Jailhouse) from 1892 sets the scene for your wedding. The building is centrally located at the Main Square in the heart of Esbjerg, and the ceremony takes place in the wedding room. It is possible to enjoy refreshments in an adjoining room after the ceremony.

Read more on this page: Wedding in Esbjerg.


Get married in Ribe

Ribe's medieval center with its winding streets and beautiful buildings are the perfect choice for a romantic wedding. Ribe's "Gamle Rådhus" (Old Town Hall) is more than 500 years old and the beautiful, historic premises create a unique atmosphere for your wedding.

Read more on this page: Wedding in Ribe.


The fee to be married in locations outside the town halls is approximately:​

On weekdays until 5.00 p.m.: 1,200 DKK plus travel expenses.
On weekdays after 5.00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays: 2,400 DKK plus travel expenses.


The final price will depend on the wedding registrar’s travel expenses.


To apply to get married, you must complete the application Notice of marriage. Depending on the situation, we might also require your birth certificates and probate court certificates.

If you want to change your surname on your wedding day, you also have to  complete the application for this.

Both applications can be completed digitally. You will find applications and useful links under Documents and Links.

From 1st of January 2019 a new law takes effect, if a couple wants to get married in Denmark. Either the municipality or the state administration will be examining, if the applicants meet the requirements for a marriage in Denmark.

You can find information on weddings of foreign citizens, performed after 1st of January 2019, here at The Agency of Family Law webpage

First, we recommend that you check that a marriage, which is entered into in Denmark, is valid in your country of origin.
Do not forget to register your marriage with your local authorities - both in the location where you reside, as well as in your home country, if different.


Please send copies of the following documents to us by e-mail (scanned copies) to, or by post to:

Esbjerg Kommune
Att. Vielseskontoret i Ribe
Torvegade 74
DK-6700 Esbjerg

All documents must be in their original language. If the original documents are not in German or English, you are to provide translations by a certified translator.


-Notice of marriage, PDF​

Valid national passport.

Foreign nationals must enclose a copy of their passport and proof of legal residence, for example a visa, residence permit or entry stamp.

Birth certificate.

and any documentation of name change.

Proof of current residency and marital status.

The documentation must state your name, address for at least the past year, date of birth and current marital status.

If you have lived in different countries after the age of 18, it may be necessary to obtain a marital status certificate from each country.
The documents must not be more than four months old.

Divorce/ death certificate.

If either or both of you have been married before, we request a divorce or death certificate.
The divorce must be legally in force and final.

If the above documents are not issued in Europe, the US, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia or New Zealand, they must have legalization or apostille certification.


Legalization is an unbroken chain of signatures that typically follows this procedure:

  1. The original document with signature or an original duplicate or printout confirmed by the authority that issued the original document.
  2. The authority above the issuing authority confirms the signature on the document or certification. This is usually done by the ministry to which the issuing authority belongs.
  3. The Foreign Ministry’s signature must in turn be confirmed by the local Danish representation. For more information, see

Wedding certificate/ apostille on your marriage certificate

In connection with the ceremony, we present you with two international marriage certificates, issued in five languages (Danish, German, English, Spanish and French).

If you send your marriage certificate abroad, often an apostille is required.

A certificate issued in Denmark alone can have an apostille at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen (this is possible via mail).

Reissue of a marriage certificate

Please send the following information to us via E-mail:
-If the wedding ceremony took place in Ribe, Esbjerg, or at another location
-The number on your the marriage certificate (if applicable)
-Date and year of marriage
-Your current address.

US and British soldiers stationed in Germany must instead provide:

  • Military ID Card
  • Leave Order from their top commander containing address and marital status certificate (affidavit of being single)

Processing time: ca. 2 weeks


Foreigners must be registered in person before the wedding. Both people must report to the Citizen Service in Ribe, Giørtz Plads, 6760 Ribe as follows:

Tuesdays between the hours 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. for weddings on Thursdays.
Thursdays between the hours. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for marriages Fridays and Saturdays.

Remember to bring passports, visas and all other original documents that you submitted with your application - both in the original language and in any translation.
If your documents are insufficient, we cannot complete the ceremony.

Verification fee.

If neither of you reside in Denmark, you will have to pay 870 DKR/ EUR 117 for our casework to review and verify your marriage.

Please transfer the money in euros; otherwise, the amount will be insufficient due to currency exchange fees.


Please label the deposit “Wedding” and include both of your surnames.

The verification fee is non-refundable.

The wedding itself is free of charge.

Please deposit this amount in Esbjerg Municipality’s account:
IBAN DK2520005036170974

For marriages at the "Gamle Ting & Arresthus" in Esbjerg, we can provide witnesses on Fridays, if needed.

On Saturdays, you will need to make your own arrangements for two witnesses.


For marriages at "Det Gamle Rådhus" in Ribe, we can provide witnesses on Thursdays and Fridays, if needed.

On Saturdays, you will need to make your own arrangements for two witnesses.


You must provide the names and addresses of your witnesses through the Notice of Marriage form with your NemID (if you are resident in Denmark) or by e-mail to

The wedding can be performed in either Danish, German or English.
Unless you both understand Danish, German or English, you must bring a certified interpreter.

Esbjerg Ting- og Arresthus (The Old Town Hall)


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Det Gamle Rådhus (The Old Town Hall in Ribe):



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The beautiful wedding room in Esbjerg can create the romantic backdrop for your wedding.

Read more about Esbjerg's Ting- and Arresthus here.

Please contact the wedding office if you have a special request for the location and/or date.