Destination weddings – Canadian document authentication and legalization, or apostille

Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014

While planning your destination wedding there is one detail that should not be overlooked.  Integral to the success of your destination wedding is the accurate preparation of your personal documents. In order for Canadian documents to be recognized abroad, they must go through a process called authentication and legalization, also referred to as apostille.

We suggest that you confirm your document requirements with your wedding planner, as well as the Embassy of the destination country well in advance.

Commonly requested documents for marriage abroad:

If you plan to go through the process on your own, you must keep in mind that mail-in authentication at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFATD) currently takes a minimum of 15 business days. Additionally, most diplomatic missions take 2-10 business days for the legalization, depending on the destination country. You can find more information about the Canadian authentication and legalization process in this article “Apostille Services Explained”.

We specialize in managing the authentication and legalization process and save you weeks of processing time. You send your documents to us and we take care of the rest, often in as little as a few days!

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