Rules guide destination weddings

<p>Destination weddings have become big business around the world, but it’s important to know the rules before packing up your gown and sunscreen.</p>




Destination weddings have become big business around the world, but it’s important to know the rules before packing up your gown and sunscreen:



Cost: $284 US non-residents; $40 for residents of 15 days before date of marriage.

Waiting period: Two days.

Documents: Passport or birth certificate and photo driver’s licence. Special requirements apply for Catholic marriage.


Cost: Between $100 and $300, depending on the type of wedding.

Waiting period: All documents must be submitted at least one month prior.

Documents: Copies of birth certificates with raised seal. Must hold a valid passport and submit copies of pages with relevant details.


Cost: $100 for the licence.

Waiting period: One day.

Documents: Declarations certifying both parties are unmarried, sworn before a Bahamas notary public or lawyer. Both parties must apply in person. Proof of date of arrival in the Bahamas. Passport or birth certificate and photo ID.


Cost: $100 cash and $12.50 in Barbados postage stamps for the wedding plus $10 for the marriage certificate.

Documents: Marriage licence secured from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Bridgetown. Valid passports or birth certificates, plus your return tickets home. Letter from the Marriage Officer. Documents required for a Catholic ceremony must be sent by the couple’s bishop to the bishop of Bridgetown prior to the ceremony.

Cayman Islands


Documents: Couples can marry on the day of arrival if they have a letter from the authorized marriage officer who is to officiate and a licence application, which can be obtained from the Deputy Chief Secretary’s Office. Passport or birth certificate and photo ID.


Cost: Usually included in wedding packages.

Waiting period: Three days residency required.

Documents: Birth certificates with parents’ last names, passport, divorce decree, if applicable, and affidavit stating that both parties are single, full names, religions and occupations and level of education.


Cost:$75 to $80 for licence. Marriage officers charge anywhere from $50 to $250 and can provide witnesses.

Waiting period: One day.

Documents: Certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name.


Cost: $230, but that, as well as the requirements, can vary by state and even city.

Waiting period: Two days (no minimum stay for Cozumel).

Documents: Passport and birth certificate. A copy of tourist card or visa. Proof of divorce or death certificate. Citizens under age 18 need parent or guardian’s consent. Names, addresses, ages, nationalities and tourist card numbers of four witnesses. A blood test is required.

St. Kitts

Cost: $80, plus Justice of the Peace fees.

Documents: Valid passports or birth certificates and state-issued photo ID. Need special form from Legal Department signed by a Justice of the Peace.

St. Lucia

Cost: $125 to $200, depending on whether the licence is obtained the same day or four days after arrival in island. Registrar fees of $38, plus $3 in marriage certificate fees.

Documents: Change of name documents. Birth certificate or passport. Application must be made by a local solicitor to the Attorney General or a notary. All foreign documents must be translated into English.

St. Maarten

Cost: $285.90

Waiting period: Requests to marry must be submitted at least 14 days prior to ceremony.

Documents: A birth certificate certified by the Dutch consulate in Canada or foreign affairs. Original documents that aren’t in English or Dutch need to be translated into Dutch.

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