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All Inclusive Caribbean Wedding Requirements

Destinations have requirements. Resorts have requirements also. I.E., Sandals Resorts in St Lucia want you to arrive 3 business days prior to your ceremony and the day of arrival does not count even though St Lucia only requires 2 days.

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All-Inclusive Caribbean Destination Wedding Requirements:

Covering the general all-inclusive wedding requirements is very simple.  Basically, you'll just have to get some personal documents together and make sure you are on the island early enough to meet any residency requirements prior to the ceremony.

The documents you need will vary depending on your marital status and whether you’ve had a legal name change for any reason.

Documents Required:

  • Notarized copies of Birth Certificates
  • Notarized letters stating single status
  • Completed wedding information forms
  • Certified Divorce Decrees
  • Certified copies of Name Changes or Adoption Papers
  • Former spouse’s Death Certificate and Marriage License

The requirements vary from island to island, so make sure to double check the laws for your destination. The resort's wedding coordinator will also help make sure you have the correct documentation. Your marriage will be legally binding worldwide if you do the legal ceremony. The time it takes to receive your official marriage license can vary. You can receive your official license anywhere from the day of your wedding to 12 weeks after you return home. The time it takes to get your official license varies greatly on each island and at different resorts.

Most of the all-inclusive destination wedding ceremonies we arrange in Cancun and Punta Cana are not legal. These 2 Spanish speaking destinations require extra paperwork and translations for legal ceremonies. Most couples choose to do symbolic ceremonies in Punta Cana and Cancun. The all-inclusive wedding resorts that we use will guide you through all the necessary paperwork and procedures.

 


 

Next we outline the waiting period and extra requirements for the destinations. As previously mentioned, some destinations require a "residency" or waiting period that you must be in the country before you can get married. Again, don't worry about too many details. The resort's wedding coordinator will help you.

All Inclusive Wedding Waiting Period Requirements by Destination

ANTIGUA WEDDINGS

  • Waiting Period: 1 day.

BAHAMAS WEDDINGS

  • Waiting Period: 1 day.

BARBADOS WEDDINGS

  • Waiting Period: None.

CANCUN WEDDINGS

  • Waiting Period: 3 full business days
  • Extra Requirements: All documents must be translated into Spanish and require apostilles*. Blood tests must also be administered in Mexico. You can also do a symbolic ceremony in Cancun and get officially married at home before you leave. This is very common to avoid extra expenses, blood tests and extra leg work on documentation.

JAMAICA WEDDINGS

  • Waiting Period: 24 hours

PUNTA CANA WEDDINGS

  • Waiting Period: 3 full business days
  • Extra Requirements: All documents must be translated into Spanish and require apostilles*. You can also do a symbolic ceremony in Punta Cana and get officially married at home before you leave. This is very common to avoid extra expenses and extra leg work on documentation.

ST. LUCIA WEDDINGS

  • Waiting Period: 2 days residency; 2 days for license.

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS WEDDINGS

  • Waiting Period: 24 hours to establish residency, plus 2-3 days to process license.
  • Extra Requirements: the marriage must be solemnized by a registrar or Marriage Officer (usually the Registrar General for Special Licenses) who is entitled to payment of reasonable traveling expenses if the marriage takes place outside his usual place of business - Your Beaches Turks and Caicos wedding co-ordinator walks you through the whole process.

The above information is subject to change at any time. Please note the documentation requirements are much easier on the English speaking islands like Jamaica and St Lucia. The Spanish (Cancun & Punta Cana) and Dutch (Aruba) destinations will require a little extra paperwork and have a few more requirements. Symbolic ceremonies have become extremely popular in these destinations.

Requirements may vary if you are not both citizens of the USA or both of you are not at least 21.

*Apostille is a French word which means a certification. This very much like get something notarized. Just contact your state’s Office of Secretary of State for the proper procedure in your state.