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Civil Wedding in the Philippines

Discussion in 'Relationship Advice' started by JDCod3Y, Sep 12, 2018.


Civil Wedding Expenses

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  1. JDCod3Y

    JDCod3Y New Member

    Me and my fiancée are having a civil wedding in the Philippines.

    I am a British Citizen traveling to the Philippines to be married to my Filipino fiancée. I have no idea what the expenses are for the seminar and everything all together, especially the ring's. We don't want anything else expansive. Also, the maximum amount of money I can bring is £1500.
  2. graham59

    graham59 Well-Known Member

    Excluding the ring, the whole lot shouldn't cost more than a hundred and fifty quid... and that's with the Affirmation fee at the embassy.

    No need to bring lots of cash, if you have your ATM card and/or credit card,

    Remember to tell your bank you'll be using them in the Phils... before you go.
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  3. Heathen

    Heathen Active Member

    If you tell your bank that you are going, you can still withdraw your daily amount up to 10,000 pesos from ATMs; China Bank, BDO, Metro Bank are just a few of the ATMs that i use.
    Graham i dont dispute what you say about the cost of what you say for your wedding, but mine down in Mindanao cost much more than that, including the Affirmation/Affidavit fee, I think it will depend on where the wedding will take place, and the local traditions, for instance they gave us a list of about 5/6/7 things we needed to get done before we could get our licence, amongst them was a Tree planting certificate, a certificate saying that im free to marry in Phills (forget the proper name of it) in other words that i was not currently married in the Philippines, I showed them the relevant paperwork from the embassy, but they still required that i fullfill the local customs, including the seminar.. to be honest it was very frustrating to get all the requirements, the first time we went to the City Hall, they gave us the list and ticked off a couple of things that we needed to do/get, then when we went back and said here thats done, they ticked off two more things that we needed to do, why the heck they didnt say you need to do/get all of that/those in the first place i dont know..
  4. Markham

    Markham . Lifetime Member

    You've just enumerated some of the reasons why I married my wife in Hong Kong!
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  5. graham59

    graham59 Well-Known Member

    I have listed previously the few things we were required to do (and the tiny fees charged by the local registrar's office) on this forum.
    Probably a couple of thousand pesos covered the whole lot (in 2015) . 'Tree planting' is just a few posed photos.

    In addition to that there was of course the standard British Embassy fee for the Affidavit (about 60 quid), plus the cost of my wife's local CENOMAR... again, peanuts.

    I think all of the paperwork amounted to no more than £100.

    What one decides to spend on receptions, etc, is of course up to you.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2018
  6. Heathen

    Heathen Active Member

    Graham, Iv no wish to disagree with what you say, but there are differences for where you get married in Phills, which affects the time & costs needed to do the required local requirements, as i said one of the requirements was for ME to get a cenomar, then the cost, and time to get from mid Mindanao to CDO, then on to Manila to the embassy, and back, Taxis from NAIA and back, the usual thing with Manila Taxis, he didnt have a sat nav, his phone was low batt so he couldnt use GPS, Couldnt find the British Embassy, didnt have the change when i paid him, all in all the usual con tricks in Manila, but hey we got there in the end in spite of all the Knock backs.
  7. Kyoto17

    Kyoto17 Member

    Hi there. I’m considering getting married in HK, too. I wonder if the PSA/NSO marriage certificate was still required for spouse visa application or the marriage certificate issued by HK gov’t was already enough. Thank you.
  8. bigmac

    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    a HK marriage certificate is recognised in the UK.
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  9. DavidAlma

    DavidAlma Well-Known Member

    That's why we married in Seychelles. Well that, and its a fantastic place to have a wedding ceremony and honeymoon.

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