Step 7: Get hitched!
You didn’t think it was going to happen, did you? Well, actually, it is. That’s why you're here, right? You still want to do this? We had a civil ceremony performed by the mayor of the town, a chill little coastal spot called Mandello del Lario. This is the part where you will be pleasantly surprised, at least if you follow our lead and get married in Italy. Instead of another drab government room, officials do a nice job decking the wedding hall out for you. And the mayor even gets dressed up in fancy medieval attire and performs the ceremony using traditional Italian vows. Totally worth the hassle.
If you're having a religious ceremony and/or getting married on the beach at the resort or something, obviously, there'll be other logistics to coordinate.
Step 8: Congratulations. Now you're... married?
After the wedding, you're mercifully done with the paperwork rigmarole. The marriage is automatically valid in the US, or so you’re told. The wedding planner will get your marriage certificate, have it validated and affixed with yet another stamp, and will mail it to your place back in the States, along with the wedding photos. Granted, your marriage certificate is probably in a foreign language, but we're pretty sure ours says we’re married. Like, 99% sure.
Did you get married overseas? Have to jump through a different set of hoops? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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Jay Gentile is a Thrillist contributor and world traveler who’s been to 25+ countries across five continents, but really wishes he was in Lake Como right about now. Follow him: @innerviewmag.