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7 Caribbean Locations For a Legal & Stress-Free Destination Wedding


You're engaged, and you're thinking about a destination wedding. In fact, you want it to be a legal destination wedding. But let's be honest — most couples don’t exactly spend all of their free time researching legal requirements for making their marriage official in the places they want to get married, right? Thankfully, there are 7 great destinations you can choose from that will give you a legal wedding ceremony, without any extreme complications or hoops to jump through.


The Caribbean islands are the top choice for weddings, as couples can enjoy a warm and tropical climate year-round. They can enjoy various outdoor activities, such as beach parties, sunset ceremonies, and water sports, to add an element of excitement and fun to the wedding festivities. They provide the perfect wedding backdrop guaranteed to provide a memorable experience for couples and their guests.


WHY CONSIDER THE CARIBBEAN?



On top of the fact that these 7 destinations are going to be helpful for an expedited legal wedding, here are a few more reasons to consider the Caribbean for your destination wedding,


Range Of Venues



The Caribbean has a diverse range of wedding venues to match couples' varying preferences and budgets. You can host your wedding in any of the luxurious resorts and private villas or choose the charming beachfront gazebos.

Many All-Inclusive Resort Options



The Caribbean offers numerous resort options that offer all-inclusive wedding packages. They include accommodation, meals, beverages, and wedding management services, and some even offer extra perks like spa treatments or day trips.


Amazing Local Hospitality



Above all, the Caribbean is known for its wonderful hospitality, vibrant culture, and friendly community. Couples can mingle with the locals and immerse themselves in the islands' unique traditions, music, and cuisine, creating a truly memorable and authentic wedding experience.



Here Are The Top 7 Caribbean Islands For a More Stress-Free And Easy Legal Destination Wedding


The Islands of Bahamas


Photo Credit: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism


The Bahamas is unmatched for its allure, making it an exceptional choice for a destination wedding. With its powdery white sand beaches, secluded uninhabited islands, and incredible scuba diving opportunities, the islands possess a charm that is difficult for any other destination to match. It is also one of the nearest Caribbean territories to the United States, and hence convenient for guests to join the wedding.


Best Time: December to April.


Legal Wedding Requirements:

Residency Period: 48 hours. It doesn’t take into account the day of arrival, holidays, and weekends. This means you will need to be in the Bahamas for two full business days first before you can get legally married. Many couples will fly in on a Tuesday or Wednesday, as they enjoy the resort and make final wedding prep with the onsite team Thursday and Friday, and then have their legal ceremony on Saturday. Most of the Bahamian islands do not allow Sunday weddings.


Applying For a Marriage License


The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in the Bahamas.


Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 310 USD


Documents Needed


  • Original birth certificate and passport.

  • The court issued concluding divorce rulings (if applicable).

  • Legal name changes or legal adoption papers (if applicable).

  • Death certificates with related marriage certificates.


Working with a state-side destination wedding consultant is a huge help, when it comes to getting everything you need turned in ahead of time so that when you arrive, the process of getting married is smooth and pretty much effortless. I always make sure my destination wedding couples know what they need to submit, and when they need to submit it so that their destination wedding will go off without a hitch.


Jamaica



Jamaica offers a thrilling island retreat in the Caribbean. Beyond its pristine beaches and swaying palm trees, this country has a deep-rooted history and a vibrant population. At the core of Jamaican magic is its soul-stirring reggae music, which pervades every corner of the land and creates a highly relaxed atmosphere. For an exceptional wedding experience, Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios are highly recommended.


Best Time: December to April.


Legal Wedding Requirements:

Residency Period: 48 hours. But unlike the Bahamas, your day of arrival does count toward your residency requirement so you can arrive on Friday and get married on Sunday.


Applying For a Marriage License


The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in Jamaica.

Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 95 USD


Documents Needed


  • Validated original birth certificate and passport.

  • Court-issued concluding divorce ruling (if applicable).

  • Legal name changes documents (if applicable).

  • Death certificates with linked marriage certificates (if applicable).

  • Validated copy of photo ID or driver’s license issued by the government.


Turks & Caicos




The Turks & Caicos Islands present an upscale ambiance distinct from other Caribbean destinations. The place comprises 40 stunning islands, including 8 inhabited ones. The Turks & Caicos epitomizes beauty and elegance—features couples look for while planning a destination wedding. Among these islands lies a true gem called the Grace Bay beach, which ranks among the best in the world.


Best Time: December to April.


Residency Period: 48 hours. Does not include the day of arrival, weekend, or holidays. So in this case, you will need to be in Turks & Caicos for two full business days, before you can get married legally. If you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday, your first residency day will start on Monday, which means you could get legally married as soon as the Wednesday of that week or later.



Applying For a Marriage License


The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in Turks & Caicos.

Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 400 USD


Documents Needed


  • Original birth certificate

  • A valid passport or driver's license.

  • Court-issued concluding divorce rulings (if applicable).

  • Death certificates with corresponding marriage certificates.

  • 21 years is the legal age to get married.

  • Couples less than 21 years of age must have written consent from both parents.


St. Lucia




Saint Lucia is gaining popularity among those seeking destination weddings and honeymoons in the Caribbean Islands. This enchanting place offers a perfect balance of luxury and serenity, and breathtaking backdrops that are ideal for couples looking for both a stunningly beautiful and romantic wedding.


Best Time: December to April.


Residency Period: 72 hours (must be business day). No Weddings on Sundays. You can pay to expedite this and get married in 48 hours (of course you can show them the money LOL) with one of those days being a business day.


Applying For a Marriage License


The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in St. Lucia.

Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 270 USD

Marriage License And Administrative Fee with Expedited Services: 341 USD


Documents Needed:


  • Copies of birth certificate and passport.

  • Court-issued concluding divorce rulings (if applicable).

  • Legal name changes documents (if applicable).

  • State-issued death certificates with related marriage certificates.


Antigua



Antigua has 365 beaches! It may be challenging to visit all, but you must not miss the key ones. Antigua offers a variety of delightful locations for weddings, such as historic forts, natural parks, and upscale resorts. You can visit places of historical importance or choose a luxurious setting to spend time with your loved one. Numerous options are available to make your wedding memorable on this island.


Best Time: December to April


Applying For a Marriage License

The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in Antigua.


Residency Period: 48 hours, must include one business day, which includes the day of arrival. No wedding on Sundays and holidays.


Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 288 USD


Documents Needed:


  • Original birth certificate and passport.

  • Court-issued concluding divorce ruling (if applicable).

  • State-issued death certificates with related marriage certificates.

  • Legal name changes documents (if applicable).

Aruba




Aruba is one of the most sought-after wedding spots in the Caribbean. It has stunning coastlines, intriguing heritage and customs, and delectable food. The beaches are breathtaking, and the weather is enjoyable. Couples can engage in various activities, making it ideal for those who enjoy adventure.


Best Time: Mid-December to April


Applying For a Marriage License

The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in Aruba.


Residency Period: None. Civil Ceremonies take place in the City Hall Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with Saturdays available for an extra fee.


Marriage License And Administrative Fees: USD 284


Documents Needed:


  • State-certified copies of birth certificates for bride and groom

  • Valid passport for Bride and Groom.

  • Witness (18 years up) with a valid passport.

  • Certificate of no impediment for bride and groom

  • Declaration of Intent Form

  • Single Status Form

  • Final Divorce Decree or Death Certificate with Apostille if applicable


Barbados



Barbados is a lively and vibrant island representing the typical Caribbean charm. It offers a blend of natural beauty, upbeat music, rich cultural experiences, and a truly romantic atmosphere. You can enjoy your time on a boat, in a church, within a historic plantation house, amidst a stunning garden, overlooking dramatic sea cliffs, or with your feet in the sand. Those seeking a romantic adventure will leave the island with a lasting impression.


Best Time: December to April


Applying For a Marriage License

The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in Barbados.


Residency Period: 48 hours. Does not include weekends or holidays.


Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 325 USD


Documents Needed


  • Original state-issued birth certificate and passport

  • Court-issued concluding divorce ruling (if applicable)

  • Legal name changes documents (if needed)

  • Death certificates with related marriage certificates


We hope you have found this list of the top 7 locations for a legal destination wedding to be extremely helpful and are already thinking of a few you want to put on your shortlist. One reminder, although these are some of my faves, they might not be best for your destination wedding. If you really want to get your destination wedding location right, I would love to invite you to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me today, so that you can put an end to the endless searching, and start moving forward with your destination wedding planning. Click Here to Schedule Your Free 30-Minute Consultation Now!

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