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Holding a wedding in St. Petersburg:

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Getting married in St. Petersburg: Q&A

Marriage of foreign citizens can be registered in any Wedding Palace or Register Office of St. Petersburg. The date and time of the state registration of marriage are determined by the persons entering into marriage, by defining any free date and time in the chosen registry office, when submitting an application. When submitting an application, the presence of one of the persons entering into marriage is sufficient; in this case, the signature of the second person on the application must be certified by a notary. Marriage registration steps:

  1. Choose a Wedding Palace or Register Office in St. Petersburg
  2. Pay the state duty
  3. Submit a marriage application and required documents
  4. Choose the date and time of the marriage ceremony
  5. Get your marriage registered in the chosen registry office
  6. Get a certificate of state registration of marriage
Documents required for submitting a marriage application:
  1. A joint marriage application;
  2. Identity documents;
  3. A document confirming the absence of barriers to marriage, issued by the competent authority or a diplomatic representative office of the applicant's state;
  4. A document confirming the termination of the previous marriage (in case it took place);
  5. Permission to marry if at least one of the persons has not reached the marriage age;
  6. A receipt confirming the payment of state duty in the amount of 350 rubles.

Getting married in St. Petersburg: Q&A

St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia

Saint Petersburg is one of the most romantic cities in the world and a perfect venue for the most magical and exciting event in life – the wedding. St. Petersburg with its magnificent palaces, bridges, monuments of architecture and art, rivers and canals, viewing points and granite embankments comes into view as one great setting for a wedding photo shoot. The city which was the capital of the Russian Empire for nearly 3 centuries, now seems to be a truly ideal place for a wedding celebration. As a venue for organizing celebrations, the city on the Neva can offer imperial palaces and parks, countryside estates of nobility and residences of grand dukes, luxurious hotels with magnificent historic interiors, as well as temples for marriage services of almost all confessions and even pavilions of the Lenfilm movie studio. All these options and many other ones will enable you to organize a dream wedding of any thematic focus.

If you would like to surprise and impress your guests with a mind-blowing and unique wedding ceremony, welcome to Saint Petersburg! Here your marriage will become the most luxurious and magical celebration of love and fulfillment of desires!

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St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
St. Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia

Marriages are made in palaces

The culmination point of a wedding celebration is a marriage registration ceremony! The solemn "yes", an exchange of engagement rings and a kiss of the bridal couple, who has just tied the knot of marriage – these are the things that evoke the most pleasant excitement! At such a moment, everything should be arranged at the highest level: music, solemn speeches, photographs of the delighted bride and groom, and the surrounding interiors.

 

Saint Petersburg gives a unique opportunity to newlyweds to bond their union not only in one of the numerous registry offices located in every district of the city, but also to add a metropolitan lustre to such an important event by officially registering a marriage at the wedding palace. Exactly, in a real palace, where magnificent interiors will give a special imperial status to one of the most important and exciting moments in the love story of each couple.

It was in Saint Petersburg (at that time - in Leningrad) in 1959 when the first Marriage Registration Palace in Russia was opened in the historic interiors of the palace belonging to prince Andrey Vladimirovich, the cousin of Emperor Nicholas II.

 

You can find more details on state registration of marriage for foreign citizens here

 

Getting married in St. Petersburg: Q&A

 

 

Wedding Palaces

The Wedding Palace at Furshtatskaya street

Second in popularity in the Northern capital. Here the newlyweds can climb up the stately front staircase and hold a ceremony of marriage in a huge bright hall with magnificent ancient interiors. Wedding photo shoot here will be a wonderful addition to such an important moment as the birth of a family.

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Wedding Palaces

Wedding Palace on Angliyskaya naberezhnaya

The most beautiful and popular in St. Petersburg. Gorgeous interiors of the numerous halls and a stunning front staircase can become a great place for an amazing wedding photo shoot. Only in the Wedding Palace on Angliyskaya naberezhnaya there are two registration halls: big and small.

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Wedding Palaces

The Wedding Palace in the city of Pushkin, Tsarskoye Selo

Located near Tsarskoe Selo palace and park ensemble, which makes it more attractive for couples who wants to celebrate the birth of the new family. The Palace is surrounded by a small park with a pond that allows you to do a wedding photo shoot immediately after the ceremony.

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Wedding in Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg as a wedding capital of Russia
Wedding in Saint Petersburg

Wedding in the palace interiors

Saint Petersburg is a city of palaces. And many couples come here just to celebrate their wedding, not only with taste, but also with chic – in the real palace interiors. A wedding event in the palace is a celebration filled not only with solemnity and romance, but also with a spirit of history and aristocracy. Palaces and castles of Saint Petersburg and its suburbs have unique rich interiors, historic secrets and mysteries. Each of them is built by famous Russian and European architects. Thus a wedding organized in such a place will definitely turn into a work of art. Palaces of Saint Petersburg seem to be originally meant for lavish celebrations, fabulously beautiful wedding dresses and unforgettable impressions. Radiance of gold and crystal, stucco molding, paintings and interior items, huge antique mirrors and windows with stained-glass windows – all these things can give a royal touch to the wedding ceremony.

 

The palaces’ interiors and adjacent gardens and parks are magnificent and picturesque. They will become not only a great venue for a wedding celebration or banquet, but also an extremely romantic place for mobile registration of marriage and for a wedding photo shoot.

 

If you decide to celebrate a wedding in the palace, you and your guests will be able to feel the true spirit and history of Saint Petersburg, feel the times of kings and emperors, the times of beautiful traditions and magnificent palace receptions.

 

 

Palaces where you can celebrate your wedding

Konstantinovsky Palace (National Congress Palace)

Located on the picturesque coast of the Gulf of Finland in less than 20 km from the center of St. Petersburg, Konstantinovsky Palace is the most beautiful monument of architecture and gardens-park design

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Palaces where you can celebrate your wedding

Gatchina Palace

Gatchina Palace and Park complex is located in the city of Gatchina, at a distance of 50 kilometers from St. Petersburg. On its territory you can schedule a photo session, a solemn registration of marriage or a wedding banquet

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Palaces where you can celebrate your wedding

Pavlovsk Palace and Park Ensemble

Includes the Pavlovsk Palace, named after the Emperor Paul I and a magnificent park made in English style with many pavilions, bridges, gazebos, sculptures and other masterpieces of park architecture, created by architects Ch. Cameron and P. Gonzaga

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Palaces where you can celebrate your wedding

Tsarskoe Selo

Tsarskoe Selo State Museum –Reserve (Pushkinn) is inviting young couples to spend an unforgettable wedding day in the halls of the Catherine Palace, Catherine and Alexander Parks

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Palaces where you can celebrate your wedding

The Yusupov Palace

The Yusupov Palace is a unique architectural ensemble of the XVIII-XX centuries. It is a monument of history and culture of federal significance, won the fame of the “Encyclopedia” of the St. Petersburg aristocratic interior

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Palaces where you can celebrate your wedding

Polovtsev Mansion

In the Centre of St.Petersburg, near St. Isaac's Cathedral there is locates the Polovtsev Mansion. In past its owner was the Chairman of the Russian Historical Society, Senator Polovtsev

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Wedding fashion

Saint Petersburg is not only the wedding capital of Russia, but the Russian capital of Bridal fashion. St. Petersburg is the only city in Russia where every year in November the Bridal Fashion Week takes place. There the brides and also those who are just going to become a bride can see the presentation of Russian and foreign brands. 

 

Over the past few years in the fashion industry of St. Petersburg a large number of decent wedding designers and brands appeared. They produce goods of different price categories. Their wedding dresses are high grade and made tastefully. Wedding dresses by young Petersburg designers are highly competitive with the wedding gowns by world-known fashion designers. 

 

Many brides come to the city on the Neva to find the dress of their dreams. St. Petersburg multi-brand wedding salons select their collections so that each bride could say proudly: "I bought my wedding gown in Saint-Petersburg".

 

 

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Wedding fashion
Wedding fashion
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Wedding fashion
Wedding fashion
Wedding fashion
Wedding fashion

Lovely wedding in any season

Many couples traditionally prefer to celebrate marriage in summer. However, any season has its pros and cons. 

The spring one is the most romantic time of the year. In spring a nature blossoms. Not only flowers and trees, but also rivers, canals and even embankments come alive from their winter sleep. City appears to you filled with sunlight, birdsong, the scent of young greens and fresh warm breeze. At this time of year St. Petersburg is changing every day. Everything breathes romance, celebration and feeling of approaching summer.
 

In summer comes the famous time of White Nights. An atmosphere of love and romance is felt in every turn of the street, in the shadows of square, in the gleam of sun or even in the waves of numerous rivers and canals. The wedding feast can be arranged in light tents, on open verandas of cafes and restaurants or even on the deck of the ship. Summer evenings are wonderfully warm. They are tended to gently pass into the dusk of the night, allowing the festivities to stretch far beyond midnight. The bride is charming in a light wedding dress and the cold champagne is wonderfully combined with the surrounding atmosphere of love.
 

 

Autumn is traditionally stands as number one on the list of wedding seasons. This is the most favorite time for fun. The days are still warm, but not frying. St. Petersburg at this time is buried in flowers and lush greenery. During the golden period autumn fascinates with its shades like yellow, green, orange and red. St. Petersburg offers you a big variety of colors to decorate your photo session. Well, if the wedding day was sunny, but suddenly cried a rain, you should not get upset.  It is considered as old omen which means that the newly appointed family will live in happiness and wealth. 

 

You decide to hold the wedding in winter? This is a great choice! City and countryside landscapes, snow sleigh, which pulled by white horses, a blush on the cheeks of the bride and groom, winter tea party with samovar and much more are awaits for the celebrations guests! Beautiful hotels and country residences are ideal for winter weddings. In a word, they have everything to celebrate marriage at the highest level.  In addition, during the winter period, which is considered as so called low season, their rates are very loyal to the clients.
 

No matter in what time of year you choose to celebrate wedding, at the preparation you need to keep in mind that the St. Petersburg weather is not just changeable and capricious, but really unpredictable in any season. But all this is inconsequential, when it comes to the sincere desire of a couple to connect in a legal marriage and make your holiday truly magical. 

 

Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Lovely wedding in any season
Places for wedding photography
Top 10 most popular places of St. Petersburg for a traditional wedding photo shoot
Unusual places for wedding photo shoot

The Roof on Ligovsky, 65. The Air Defense Tower

This is the first legal viewing point on the roof of a residential house, which opened in the historic center of Saint Petersburg

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Unusual places for wedding photo shoot

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden of the Russian Academy of Sciences (former Imperial Botanical Garden) is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Russia

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Unusual places for wedding photo shoot

Steiglitz Museum

The Stieglitz Museum had its beginnings in 1878. Its building is a unique historicism epoch monument of architecture

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Unusual places for wedding photo shoot

The Gulf of Finland (Finsky zaliv)

Sandy beach, waves, high pines and wind are giving a marine romance to the photo shoot on the shores of the Gulf of Finland

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Unusual places for wedding photo shoot

Vitebsky Railway Station (Vytebsky vokzal)

Vitebsky Station considered as the most beautiful railway station of St. Petersburg. It is great for a photo session

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Unusual places for wedding photo shoot

The House of Books (The Singer House)

The House of Books or the Singer House. The famous bookstore, one of the centers of cultural and intellectual life of the city

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St. Petersburg's beliefs about happiness

Since ancient times people honor traditions. Those related to the creation of the family are particularly carefully respected. City’s traditions are very interesting and diverse. They are rooted into the deep past. Each rite carries a certain meaning. Every detail of a celebratory day matters. There are many wedding traditions n such city with rich history as St. Petersburg. Following them the newlyweds will surely gain happiness.

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Ideas for wedding celebration

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Идеи для свадебного торжества
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Идеи для свадебного торжества
Идеи для свадебного торжества
 

 

Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds

St. Petersburg is a city of imperial palaces, parks and country residences. Even hotels here are ready to impress the guests with their truly luxirious palace interiors and with beauty and grandeur of their decoration, which are ideal for the most romantic wedding dream.

In the historical centre of the vast metropolis or next to the Royal residences in nearby suburbs, as well as on  quiet streets or on the Nevsky Prospect,  city’s most lively highway.

Saint Petersburg hotels are perfect as a “scene” for the most luxurious weddings. Palace atmosphere, gorgeous interiors for photos, granite columns and gilded ceilings, crystal chandeliers, stunning beauty of front staircases, amazing halls for the wedding banquet or for the solemn registration and also superbly furnished luxurious hotel rooms which offer breathtaking views of the city.

Wedding is a very special holiday. It will go truly marvelous if you decide to celebrate it in one of the luxury Saint Petersburg hotels. 

 

Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds
Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds
Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds
Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds
Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds
Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds
Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds
Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds
Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds
Saint Petersburg hotels for newlyweds

Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia

Wedding event can be different. Sometimes it is a big holiday with a huge number of guests, and sometimes it is a chamber celebration only for the most-loved ones. Restaurants of St. Petersburg offer their halls for small "cozy" weddings as well as for big cheerful and noisy companies. Whichever holiday option you choose, in any case you will be comfortable. Wedding celebration in the gorgeous ambiance of the Petersburg restaurants will be thought out to the smallest detail and no guest will be left without due attention.

Saint Petersburg restaurants are ready to offer to the festive table dishes of various cuisines of the world. Also, attention should be paid to the dishes of famous St. Petersburg cuisine which is a unique gastronomic phenomenon arising from the merger of two gastronomic cultures: traditional Russian cuisine and graceful French with some additions of other national recipes.

Exquisite, delicious and original festive dishes are real masterpieces of culinary art. Exactly they are awaiting all the guests.  

 

Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia
Wedding banquet in the restaurants of the Northern Capital of Russia

Conclusion

A wedding is not just a festivity, it is a jewel in the necklace of family history! We suggest that you decorate your life with a real gem!

Wedding celebration in Saint Petersburg will become an amazing and memorable event not only for newlyweds, but also for all guests of the wedding ceremony. A bit of imagination and creative approach - and this wedding day will be remembered for many years to come.

You are more than welcome to arrive in Saint Petersburg to celebrate your wedding!

We are sure, you will be impressed!

 

Authors:

Anna Nevinskaia, Julia Kapustina, Marina Belyaeva, Tatiana Boyarkina

Photo by:

Alexander Belyaev, Dmitry Shentyapin, Anastasia Belik, Ekaterina Pochinalova, Irina Diop

La Tendresse Wedding Studio, Aleksei Sichkar, Olesya Ukolova, Daria Lyalina

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