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Holding a wedding in St. Petersburg:

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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.

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!

You can download an electronic version of the guide here.

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

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

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Official marriage registration in Saint Petersburg

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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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Registry office of the Admiralteysky district of Saint Petersburg

This is one of the newest Registry offices in the city. It was opened only twenty years ago. It is located in an old cozy mansion with a small square, the Registry office has recently acquired an elegant, solemn appearance.

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Registry office of the Petrogradsky district of Saint Petersburg

The registry office of the Petrogradsky district can be confidently called one of the unique places for registering a marriage, primarily because of its location. It's located in the central historical part of Saint Petersburg.

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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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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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The Wedding Palace in Peterhof

The newest Marriage Registration Palace is located in Peterhof. It was opened in early 2017 in the reconstructed mansion of the Town Hall, surrounded by an improved garden with a fountain, fanciful alleys, swings and a huge summerhouse.

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Wedding in Saint Petersburg

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

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
House of Scientists
House of Scientists
Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich, built by the architect A. I. Rezanov in 1867-1868.
Kirov Central Culture and Leisure Park (Tsentralny park kultury i otdykha imeni S. M. Kirova)
Kirov Central Culture and Leisure Park (Tsentralny park kultury i otdykha imeni S. M. Kirova)
A unique natural complex in St. Petersburg, which in 2012 year received the status of specially protected natural territories
Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace (Dvorets Knyazey Beloselskikh-Belozerskikh)
Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace (Dvorets Knyazey Beloselskikh-Belozerskikh)
Luxurious and well recognizable Palace is located on Nevsky Prospekt in the place of its crossing with Fontanka River
Summer Garden (Lentny sad)
Summer Garden (Lentny sad)
Picturesque summer garden is the brainchild of Peter the Great, the jewel in the necklace of St. Petersburg
Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood (khram Spasa na Krovi)
Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood (khram Spasa na Krovi)
One of the most beautiful, festive and bright temples in Russia, made in pseudo-Russian style
Alexander Garden (Aleksandrovsky sad)
Alexander Garden (Aleksandrovsky sad)
The Garden famous for its musical fountain which able to fulfill the cherished desire. Shady alleys, flower beds and pavilions will be a great backdrop for a wedding photo shoot
Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya krepost)
Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya krepost)
The history of St. Petersburg takes its origin from this fortress, located on the Hare Island (Zayachy ostrov)
Spit of Vasilievsky iland (Strelka Vasilievskogo ostrova)
Spit of Vasilievsky iland (Strelka Vasilievskogo ostrova)
The architectural complex of the Spit of Vasilievsky Island is one of the most beautiful places in St. Petersburg
Peterhof
Peterhof
Summer residence of Russian tsars of the XVIII-XIX centuries, which was nicknamed "Russian Versailles" for the magnificence of these places
Hermitage Museum
Hermitage Museum
The State Hermitage Museum is the largest in Russia and one of the world's largest art and cultural historical museums

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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Wedding routes

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Ideas for wedding celebration

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Идеи для свадебного торжества
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Online photo exhibition of the project «Daughters-mothers»

The wedding photo project "Daughters-mothers", idea of which belongs to Marina Belyaeva, is a series of paired photos of mothers and daughters on their wedding day. This visual comparison allows to fully estimating the changes of this big day celebration at different times, to see how the image of the bride and the city changed.

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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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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