Marriage in India

#1 Nov 5th, 2010, 00:10
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Hi Everybody

I would like some guidance on marriage in India. Here is the situation:

I am an Indian citizen (Hindu) living abroad for last few years
My fiance is a european citizen (Hindu) but also has Oversea Citizen of India (OCI) passport. My fiance also lives outside India. Both our parents are in India

We have thought about getting married abroad but it seems it needs more documents (birth certificate, singlehood certificate etc) and hence are considering to get married in India

My questions are:
(a) If we get married in Arya Samaj and would like to get our marriage certificate from India, will it be an issue that neither of us are currently residents in India (though both of us are Hindu and have Indian and an OCI passport)?
(b) Does one of us have to be in India for 30 days?
(c) Does marriage certificate contain our addresses as well?
(d) how best to get marriage certificate quickly based on our Arya samaj marriage?

your guidance is very much appreciated.

Thanks
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There a few threads on Indian marrying foreigner on this forums that will appear at the bottom of this page. Have a read thru and then post.
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Originally Posted by sundance View Post My questions are:
(a) If we get married in Arya Samaj and would like to get our marriage certificate from India, will it be an issue that neither of us are currently residents in India (though both of us are Hindu and have Indian and an OCI passport)?
(b) Does one of us have to be in India for 30 days?
(c) Does marriage certificate contain our addresses as well?
(d) how best to get marriage certificate quickly based on our Arya samaj marriage?
a) No issue.
b) No
c) Dunno
d) Ask the purohit/pundit
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Marriage certificates don't contain the address, but would include the place that the parties are from.
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Originally Posted by sundance View Post (c) Does marriage certificate contain our addresses as well?
(d) how best to get marriage certificate quickly based on our Arya samaj marriage?
Disclaimer: My (Indian) wife and I were married under the Special Marriage Act, and I don't know how, if at all, that might change things.

(c) Our marriage certificate doesn't have our addresses on it, but it does have the addresses of the three witnesses.

(d) We got ours about 15 minutes after the ceremony at the Saket Magistrate's office. We also got six official copies, which have come in very handy. Would recommend doing the same.
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Just to clarify, marriage under The Special marriage Act is what many in India call Register marriage. You have to apply 30 days before you intend to get married. You need not to be present to apply however. It is different from marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act.

Arya Samaj wedding is I think considered a wedding under the Hindu Marriage Act. Someone correct me if am wrong. Once married under the Arya Samaj, you have to apply to the Registrar of Births and deaths to issue a marriage certificate with supporting documentation like invitation card, photos etc.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Just to clarify, marriage under The Special marriage Act is what many in India call Register marriage. You have to apply 30 days before you intend to get married. You need not to be present to apply however. It is different from marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act.

Arya Samaj wedding is I think considered a wedding under the Hindu Marriage Act. Someone correct me if am wrong. Once married under the Arya Samaj, you have to apply to the Registrar of Births and deaths to issue a marriage certificate with supporting documentation like invitation card, photos etc.
But is the certificate itself more or less the same? I just checked ours and it does have specific verbiage about the Special Marriage Act.
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It is generally the same except for the Act under which the marriage was solemnised.
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Thanks for your replies.

We plan to get married in Arya Samaj under the Hindu Marriage Act. On the place that is to be on marriage certificate, is it ok to put our address in Europe (city and country) or will the registrar not allow that?

When we want to register our marriage with the Indian marriage certificate to where we stay in Europe, then the town hall in Europe may object to a marriage certificate which states Indian place as place of residence as the town hall will have it on record that I have been a resident of European city and not in India.

I do not want to get into Bureaucratic hassles after marriage and hence more detailed questions?

Many thanks.
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Also have additional question so I can investigate how easy it is for me to get married outside India as well?

How do I get a certificate of single status that is required by most countries?
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Ask the indian consulate the nearest to the city where you currently reside.
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Originally Posted by sundance View Post Also have additional question so I can investigate how easy it is for me to get married outside India as well?

How do I get a certificate of single status that is required by most countries?
And which countries would those be? You're being cagey about your location ("Global") so how do we know how easy or hard it'll be.

You say your fiancee is "a european citizen". Which country is it? I'd base your decision as to where to get married on where you two plan to live long-term.

If you're both in the States for example, it's easy as can be. Each state has their own license requirements with most not being at all onerous. Follow those, go to city hall, get a license, and then either have a civil ceremony or religious one. I know that U.S. certificate is accepted in India and Europe.

You can still have a wedding ceremony in India, but just do the paperwork in the U.S. or whatever country you live in.
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My thoughts too Namaste_cat.

Its better to get married in the place that you are currently staying whether you are a citizen of that country or not. Then if you want a religious or ceremonial wedding in a temple or church, do it.

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