Tropical Weddings
Legal Requirements for a Destination Wedding

Call the tourist board numbers listed below for more detailed and up to date information. Each islands wedding requirements and fees may change at any time.
You may also want to check with a religious leader of your faith - both on and off the island. EverAfter planners will be happy to assist you.

Country (cost)
Tourism Board #

Waiting
Period

Application and Documents Required

Blood
Test

Anguilla
($284.00)
1-800-553-4939

2 days

Passport or birth certificate and photo driver's license
Proof of divorce or death certificate (of applicable)

No

Antigua & Barbua
($200.00)
1-212-541-4117

1 day

Passport or birth certificate and photo driver's license
Proof of divorce or death certificate (of applicable)

No

Aruba
(n/a)
1-800-867-7882

Call Tourist Board

Jewish - U.S. marriage certificate, verification of Judaism from
  home Rabbi & petition to the Aruba Jewish Community
Christian - U.S. marriage certificate (Civil Law)
Roman Catholic - Marriage permit from home priest,
  baptism certificate & official form stating neither was ever
  married in a church.

No

Bahamas
($40.00)
1-212-758-2777

15 days*

Declaration certifying both are unmarried U.S. citizens sworn before
  a U.S. Consul at the American Embassy, Nassau, or marriage
  license obtained from Commissioner's Office for weddings on any
  Bahamas' island outside of New Providence
Both parties must apply in person for the marriage license
Proof of arrival in the Bahamas
Passport or birth certificate & photo ID
Proof of divorce or death certificate, if applicable
Parental consent for parties under 18 years of age
* Waiting Period can be waived at the discretion of the
   Registrar General with good cause

No

Barbados
($100 and $25 in Barbados Postage)
1-800-221-9831

None

Passport of original/certified copies of birth certificate
  and airline tickets
Proof of divorce (in English) or death certificate, if applicable
Letter from authorized officiant who will perform service must be
  presented when filing marriage application - available from
  the Ministry of Home Affairs
The Catholic Church has additional requirements and fees,
  contact the Bishop of Bridgetown for information

No

Bonaire
($150.00)
1-800-826-6247

1 week

(Either bride or groom)
Write, at least 2 months in advance, to the Governor of Bonaire,
  asking form permission to marry on the Island.
  Send the following with the letter: 3 passport photos of the bride
  and groom copies of passports proof of good conduct and proof
  of eligibility to marry (i.e. divorce papers, death certificate,
  proof of single status)

No

British Virgin
Islands
($110.00 in BVI Postage)
1-800-835-8530

3 days

Passport or birth certificate and photo driver's license
Proof of divorce or death certificate (of applicable)

No

Cayman Islands
1-800-346-3313

None

Proof of entry
Proof of divorce or death certificate (of applicable)
Letter from authorized officiating Marriage Officer

No

Curacao
($167.00)
1-800-270-3350

see
note
*

Birth certificate and passport
Proof of divorce or death certificate, if applicable
Proof both are eligible for marriage
* 2 days residency, 14 days for license

No

Dominican Republic
($20.00)
1-212-588-1012

None

U.S. citizens are required to write the American Consulate in
  Santo Domingo, in advance of intended wedding date,
  requesting permission to marry (civil ceremony)
Birth certificate
Proof of divorce or death certificate, if applicable
Parties must be at least 18 years of age

No

French West Indies
Guadeloupe
St. Barts
St. Martin

(no fee)
1-800-391-4909
1-800-869-8184

30 days

Birth certificate (copy with raised seal)
Certificate of good conduct (including certificate of single standing)
Residency Card
Medical certificate issued within 3 months of the event
French translation of English language documents
A "Bulletin de Marriage" and Livret de Famille are
  delivered at ceremony

Yes

Grenada
($15.00)
1-800-927-9554

see note*

Passports & birth certificates of both parties
Deed Poll if either party had a name change
Proof of divorce or death certificate , if applicable
  (Processing of marriage application may take longer than
  2 days if either party is divorced)
Proof of single status - letter from lawyer stating they have the
  legal right to get married
Affidavit or parental consent if either party is under 21
All documents must be submitted in English
* 3 business days residency, 2 days to process application

No

Jamaica
(200 Jamaica dollars,
about $10.00)
1-800-233-4582

1 day

Certified copy of birth certificate which includes father's name
Proof of divorce or certified copy of death certificate, if applicable
Documented parental consent if either party is under 21

No

Mexico
($200)
1-800-446-3942

2 days

Passport and birth certificate.
A copy of tourist card or visa.
Proof of divorce or death certificate, if applicable.
Citizens under 18 years of age need parent or guardians consent.
  If parents cannot attend ceremony, must grant power of attorney
  to someone to attend ceremony.
Names, addresses, ages, nationalities & tourist card numbers of
  4 witnesses. (Note: some cities require Mexican witnesses.)
  These requirements vary by state.

Yes

Puerto Rica
($2.00 stamp fee
for certified copy
of license)
1-212-599-6262

None

ID card or passport
Original birth certificate
Original divorce decree or death certificate, if applicable
Health certificate from a resident practitioner in P.R.
* BLOOD TEST: VDRL test at least 10 days prior

Yes*

St. Eustatius
($20 from census office, or $60 from outside courthouse)
1-212-682-0435

2 weeks

Birth certificates
Proof of single statues
Divorce Papers or death certificate, if applicable
Residence permit from the Immigration Department
Passport Photos

No

St. Kitts & Nevis
($80.00)
1-212-535-1234

2 working days

Birth certificates or passports
Proof of divorce or death certificate, if applicable
If Catholic priest will perform ceremony, letter from home priest
  stating couple is unmarried is required
If Anglican, or other priest will perform ceremony, letter stating
  couple is known and unmarried is required

No

St. Lucia
($200.00)
1-800-456-3984

see note*

Change of name documents
Proof of divorce or death certificate, if applicable
Affidavit of one of the parties
Birth certificate or passport
* 2 days residency, 2 days for license

No

St. Maarten
(Dutch)
($51-155.00)
1-800-786-2278

see note*

Non residence: special permission must be obtained from the
  Lt. Governor; a written request must be sent to the office at
  least 2 months prior to the intended wedding date
Birth certificate, passport and airline tickets
Documented parental consent for persons under age 21
Proof of divorce or death certificate
All documents must be in Dutch or translated into Dutch by an
  official sworn translator and notarized
* 10 days to register at Office of Civil Registry

No

St. Vincent
& The Grenadines
($10.00 )
1-800-729-1726

3 days

Proof of divorce or death certificate, if applicable
Birth certificate or passport
Governor General's license through the Ministry of Justice
  and Information, or an ordinary license through the Registrar

No

Trinidad & Tobago
($100.00 in stamps)
1-800-595-1868

see note*

A special President's License application can be made to forego
  the normal 16 day waiting period by submitting Letter to the
  Registrar General indicating why couple need President's License
  after 7 day residence established
Proof of entry and intended exit, i.e. airline tickets
Passports or driver's license
Proof of single status
* 7 days with President's License
  (days are counted from the day after arrival)

No

Turks & Caicos
($50.00)
1-800-548-8462

2-3 days

Proof of divorce or death certificate, if applicable
Birth certificate of passport
Most churches require proof of membership

No

U.S. Virgin Islands
($50.00)
1-212-332-2222

see note*

Send a letter requesting a marriage license to the Territorial court
  of the USVI in St. Thomas. Upon return receipt of the notarized
  application, an 8 day waiting period begins
Letter accompanying Application for Marriage must state date of
  visit, length of stay, and preference of date if having ceremony
  performed by a Judge (so an appointment can be made).
Proof of divorce or death certificate, if applicable, must be supplied
* 8 days (from receipt of notarized application;
  couple need not be on the island)

No

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