GETTING MARRIED IN BARBADOS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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When getting married abroad it is important to ensure you have researched the necessary legal aspects of the wedding. Luckily, Barbados is one of the Caribbean Islands where it is easy to tie the knot – once you have the relevant paperwork! Here is all you need to know to ensure you can get hitched without a hitch!

It is very easy to get married in Barbados as there is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay. Application for a marriage licence must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Applications for marriage licences must be made between the hours of 8.30 a.m and 3.30 p.m Monday to Friday.

The Checklist

  • Valid passports AND birth certificates.
  • Return tickets
  • If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgment. The Decree Nisi is not accepted.
  • If either party was previously married and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse.
  • For a Roman Catholic ceremony, the relevant documents must be sent by your bishop to the bishop of Bridgetown.
  • Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • Arrangements should be made with a Magistrate or Marriage Officer to perform the wedding ceremony, prior to applying for the marriage licence. A letter from either the Magistrate or Marriage Officer must be presented at the time of making the application.

The costs involved for the marriage licence

  • If neither party is a citizen or a resident of Barbados: US$100 (BDS$200) cash and a US$12.50 (BDS$25) stamp
  • If either party is a citizen or a resident of Barbados: US$22.50 (BDS$45) cash and a US$5.00 (BDS$10) stamp

It is always advisable to check the Government website prior to making any bookings to ensure the most up to date information.

All information is correct at time of publishing

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