You can get married in Oulu after office hours on the leap day
The Digital and Population Data Services Agency, or ‘Love Agency’, will organise a wedding evening at Oulu Regional State Administrative Agency on Thursday 29 February 2024. At this time, couples will be able to get married after office hours between 16.00 to 19.00, whereas the last appointment for a marriage ceremony on a normal day is at 15.30. The marriage ceremony is free of charge and if necessary, the witnesses will be provided by the Agency.
Leap Day is a popular wedding day, and weddings during office hours are already fully booked at many Love Agency locations. This is also the case in Oulu where 12 couples will be married during office hours
Weddings on the wedding evening will take place at a different location than during the day: the couples will be married in the beautiful Oulu Regional State Administrative Agency's ceremonial building at Linnankatu 3.
There is normally a fee for marriages outside office hours, but there will be no charge during the wedding evening.
Up to 13 couple may be wed during the evening.
Have the impediments to marriage examined first
Before the marriage ceremony, the couple must request an examination of impediments to marriage. This way, it can be ensured that there are no impediments to their marriage, such as minor age or an existing valid marriage.
These days, you can easily request the examination of impediments via an online service. You should submit the request a few weeks before the marriage ceremony at the latest. Currently, the average examination takes around two weeks. If foreign documents must be presented in the examination of impediments, we advise you to reserve several weeks for the examination. If you want to get married in the event, it is time to act.
An examination of impediments to marriage is valid for four months from when the certificate was issued. You should therefore check the validity of a certificate that has been issued earlier.
Getting married takes fifteen minutes
The time reserved for the marriage ceremony at the Love Agency is 15 minutes and the actual ceremony lasts a few minutes. The event is therefore ideal for those who prefer their wedding vows simple, without anything extra.
The premises have room for a maximum of 20, and there are seats for ten. There is an accessible route available.
Checklist for the bridal couple
- Request an examination of impediments to marriage and notify your choice of surnames
- Book an appointment for the ceremony in the online service
- Arrive at the event in person and bring with you:
- your valid IDs
- the certificate of the examination of impediments to marriage, if it has been issued by a parish (you do not need to bring the certificate if it has been issued by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency)
- if you wish, two witnesses aged at least 15 years – if necessary, the Agency will provide the witnesses for your marriage ceremony
For additional information about the event, contact: Paula Ojaniemi, Chief Specialist, Digital and Population Data Services Agency, tel. +358 295 539 711, [email protected]
In 2023, the Love Agency wed approximately 10,400 couples. The agency employs 140 officiators all around Finland. Check out all the marriage ceremony premises.