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Asia, Australia, and Africa: Marriage License Requirements

Australia Wedding Requirement:

When to Go: June-August
Residency Requirement: None
Necessary Documents: Notice of Intended Marriage Form (available from any Australian Embassy or Consulate), to be signed by an Australian Diplomatic Officer or an Australian Consular Officer and filed with the officiant a minimum of 31 days before the ceremony. You’ll also need to show your passports, birth certificates; evidence of how any previous marriage ended (copies of Divorce Papers, Absolute Decree or Death Certificates).
More Info: www.dfat.gov.au/missions/

Fiji Wedding Requirement:

When to Go: May to October
Residency Requirement: None
Necessary Documents: Passports; birth certificates; notarized letters of paternal consent if under 21 must be signed by father unless he is deceased; proof of divorce or death certificate of former spouse/s (if applicable).
Note: Registration formalities take about 15 minutes (you both must appear) but paperwork processing takes one working day. Other requirements vary by church.
More Info: Fiji Visitors Bureau, (800) 932-3454, or http://www.bulafiji.com

French Polynesia Wedding Requirement:

When to Go: May to October
Residency Requirement: At least one of you must live in French Polynesia for 30 days (no fighting, now!)
Necessary Documents: Birth certificates (issued within 3 months of your wedding and translated into French), medical certificates, 1 certificate of residency, 1 copy of notarized marriage contract, customary certificates, certificates of celibacy, and a certificate of publication of marriage bans in the non-resident’s hometown.
Note: Assuming one of you can establish residency, we highly recommend that you contact a wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings or in Tahiti as early as possible to help you fulfill the requirements.
More Info: Call the wedding coordinator at the resort where you’ll be staying or a travel agent that specializes in Tahiti or destination weddings. Tahiti Tourism, (800) 365-4949

Mongolia Wedding Requirement:

When to Go: May and June, September and October
Residency Requirement: none
Necessary documents: Marriage application forms completed and translated into Mongolian and approved from a notary office; Certificate of your marital status to be issued by the Consular Department of the Embassy; If divorced, you’ll need legal proof of the official divorce; Medical proof that you don’t have AIDS, or any sexually transmitted or psychological diseases; Statement from the Police Department that you have no criminal records; Written verification of your address; Official statement from Visa Issuing Authorities that you have no visa problems.
More Info: http://mongolia.usembassy.gov

Thailand Wedding Requirements:

When to Go: November to February
Residency Requirement: None
Necessary Documents: Passports; proof of divorce and/or death certificate for former spouses/s (if applicable); “Letters of Certification” from the embassy of those getting married, translated and certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
More Info: U.S. Embassy in Thailand at fax (011) 66-2-205-4103 or http://www.thai-la.net

 

Caribbean, Latin America and Mexico Marriage Requirements

Destination Wedding in Anguilla

Anguilla is the perfect destination if you’re looking for romance, luxury and stunning scenery. Say your vows at sunset on Anguilla’s stunning stretches of white sand beach and enjoy an evening reception with your feet dancing in the white sand.

Anguilla has a variety of fun activities to interest any traveler visiting the island, particularly in between the days celebrating a destination wedding. From snorkeling and kayaking to shopping and sunbathing, there truly is something to keep everyone busy on this stunning island. In the evenings, enjoy live entertainment or stop by the trendy bars and clubs for dinner, drinks, and dancing. Anguilla has plenty of beautiful resorts, whether you are seeking a small and simple resort or a luxurious hotel with endless amenities, Elite Travel Consulting promises that you will want to stay forever.

Whether you are planning a large Anguilla Destination Wedding or a romantic getaway with your partner, we guarantee that you will not be disappointed with your stay on this idyllic island.

Anguilla Wedding Requirements:

  • Couples wishing to marry on the island should obtain a Marriage License from the Judicial Department, open weekdays between 8:30am and 2:30pm. The cost is US$284.00.
  • Both parties must present proof of identity (valid passport, birth certificate etc).
  • If divorced, the original decree must be presented.
  • Two witnesses must be present during the wedding ceremony.
  • A 48-hour residence period is also required for both parties.

Additional requirements for a wedding in a Catholic church:

  • Confirmation papers
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Freedom to Marry papers
  • Pre Cana course
  • 3-6 months advance notice

Destination Wedding Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda are two gorgeous Caribbean islands that form one official country located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico, and off the coast of South America. If you are considering an Antigua Destination Wedding, think impressive beaches, a winding coastline, scenic cliffs, eroded coral rock formations and reefs as inspiration for your dream destination wedding setting. Its tropical marine climate and energetic island culture presents the ultimate and sought after location for a wedding and honeymoon.

Antigua and Barbuda have a long nautical history, which attracts a yachting crowd, as well as many celebrities. Enveloped by high-end resorts, the surrounding seas provide peace and tranquility with some of the finest white sand beaches amid a contrast of azure waters. Choose any of the secluded beaches to retreat to, because wherever you end up, you are guaranteed to feel like royalty while enjoying your afternoon under the sun.

While exploring the harbour, you will see the sights of candy-colored villages (a perfect backdrop for wedding photographs), be charmed by the liveliest steel-drum music (musicians that could rock out at your ceremony and reception), and indulge in traditional West-Indian cuisine (make sure to go out of your comfort zone). Everything about this exotic island grants a chic retreat one will never, ever forget. If you are looking to have an extravagant destination wedding and woo your guests, We gladly suggest Antigua and Barbuda as the location for you.

Antigua Wedding Requirements:

The information below is a general list of requirements to perform a legal wedding ceremony in Antigua. Please check with the Antigua tourism department or wedding coordinator at your resort for additional information on legal requirements and fees for weddings in Antigua. All information below is subject to change without notice.
Necessary Documentation: The bride/groom must bring original copies of the following documents:

  • Official birth certificate
  • A valid, non-expired passport
  • Deed Poll if there has been a name change
  • Written authorization from the parents/ guardians if the bride or groom is under 18 years of age.

TIP: Make two photocopies of each of the documents above and pack in a separate suitcase such as your checked baggage. Make sure to bring any original documents within your carry-on luggage.
Waiting Period: The bride/groom must be in the destination for at least 48 hours prior to the wedding date and must include 1 business day in order to apply for a marriage license.
Witnesses: You must have two witnesses over the age 18.
Divorced/Widowed Travelers: Divorced or widowed parties must provide official copies of the divorce decree or a certified death certificate.

For more information on hosting an Antigua Destination Wedding, browse our collections and feel free to reach out to us at 1.888.963.8986.

Destination Wedding in Aruba

Known for the exceptional hospitality and service offered by the Aruban people, this modern island encompasses some of the cleanest beaches, desert landscapes, historical caves and ruins, as well as breathtaking hilltops. 75 sq. miles in size and with a population of 112,000 residents, the natural beauty of Aruba is nothing short of warm and welcoming.

Those who prefer to relax may do so on any of Aruba’s beautiful beaches, each offer different activities to partake in, providing something for everyone. The calm, crystalline waters and white powdery sand present a magical, sun-kissed retreat to this Caribbean getaway. After enjoying the brilliant sunset, Aruba’s urban entertainment grants a nightlife atmosphere that is charged with excitement.

When exploring Aruba, discover some of the island’s unique attractions and sites such as the mysterious caves, gold mine ruins, the Aloe Vera farms, and natural rock bridges. These diverse landscapes and unique panoramas propose magical settings for special milestones. This island is a fabulous choice for those looking to get married. From a hilltop chapel, to a calm beach, or on a romantic catamaran, this island retreat awaits!

Aruba Wedding Requirements:

The information below is a general list of requirements to perform a legal wedding ceremony in Aruba. Please check with the Aruba tourism department or wedding coordinator at your resort for additional information on legal requirements and fees for weddings in Aruba. All information below is subject to change without notice.
Necessary Documentation: The bride/groom must bring original copies of the following documents:

  • Official birth certificate
  • A valid, non-expired passport with photographed pages of the bride and groom’s passport
  • A report with an “apostile” (special seal) from the bride/groom’s country of citizenship that proves their eligibility to marry and single status

TIP: Make two photocopies of each of the documents above and pack in a separate suitcase such as your checked baggage. Make sure to bring any original documents within your carry-on luggage.
Waiting Period: The bride/groom must send copies of all documents above to the Civil Registry in Aruba at least one month prior to the wedding date for civil wedding ceremonies in order to apply for a marriage license.
Witnesses: You must have two witnesses over the age 18.
Divorced/Widowed Travelers: Divorced or widowed parties must provide official copies of the divorce decree or a certified death certificate.

Destination Wedding The Bahamas

Bahamas is a gorgeous, easy-to-get-to destination wedding location with seven hundred islands (yes 700!), so clearly the options are endless when it comes to where to stay, and what to see and do. A Bahamas Destination Wedding is an easy choice for many couples looking to travel closer to home. The islands of the Bahamas extend as far as five hundred miles long and is known for having the clearest waters in the world. Nassau/Paradise Island is the home of the Bahamian national capital and is the most visited and activity-packed destination, however if you are looking for a more remote place, Harbor Island and the Exumas are more intimate and relaxing.

While exploring the islands, discover the many cays, reefs, beaches, parks, and tropical gardens, which guarantee to make your special occasion a memorable one. Island hopping is incredibly popular with the locals and tourists, perfect for those visitors craving a little more action while on their Caribbean getaway. One can relax on secluded beaches, explore underwater caves, go shopping for handmade crafts, try some Bahamian rum punch, or swim with dolphins. While wandering around, make sure to soak up the Bahamian culture, while also soaking up the sun, by checking out the local events and artisan. Each island offers something a little different, so if you have enough time, try to stay in different areas to create different memories with your loved ones.

Whether you dream about saying your “I Do’s” in a private setting or among the sites and sounds Paradise Island, we agree that “It’s Better in the Bahamas.” We have no hesitations that this beautiful country will be a gracious host for your destination wedding.

The Bahamas Wedding Requirements:

The information below is a general list of requirements to perform a legal wedding ceremony in The Bahamas. Please check with The Bahamas tourism department or wedding coordinator at your resort for additional information on legal requirements and fees for weddings in The Bahamas. All information below is subject to change without notice.
Necessary Documentation: The bride/groom must bring original copies of the following documents:

  • Official birth certificate
  • A valid, non-expired passport
  • Written authorization from the parents/ guardians if the bride or groom is under 18 years of age
  • An Affidavit that provides proof of Single Status that is sworn before an authorized official or notary public

TIP: Make two photocopies of each of the documents above and pack in a separate suitcase such as your checked baggage. Make sure to bring any original documents within your carry-on luggage.
Waiting Period: The bride/groom must be in the destination for at least 24 hours prior to the wedding.
Divorced/Widowed Travelers: Divorced or widowed parties must provide official copies of the divorce decree or a certified death certificate.

For more information on getting married in the Bahamas, browse our collections and feel free to reach out to us at 1.888.963.8986 or info@elitetravelconsulting.com.

Destination Wedding Barbados

Barbados is a magical island to exchange your vows. With more than seventy miles of sun-saturated, palm-adorned beaches, indigo waters, and a year-round climate nothing less than perfect, no wonder a Barbados is a no-brainer. You’ll never want to leave.

The shores of Barbados are as varied and unique as the island itself. Barbados has impressive coral sculptures carved by trade winds and thunderous waves, and many don’t know this, but the island has some incredible surfing spots. For those that want to lounge on the pink sand beaches and relax under the sun, we promise that it will be easy to do with the charming backdrop of pink sand and ocean blue.

“Long Live Life” is the country’s national motto, and every day is a celebration in Barbados. Elite Travel Consulting gives the island a five star rating and promises that your Barbados Destination Wedding will be everything you expect and more. For more information on hosting a Barbados Destination Wedding, browse our collections and feel free to reach out to us at 1.888.963-8986 or info@elitetravelconsulting.com.

Barbados Marriage Requirements:

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. You will require:

  • 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.

Fees for the license are as follows:

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

Fees for civil marriage ceremonies:

US$125 (BDS$250) – Magistrate fee for ceremonies held in the court
US$175 (BDS$350) – Magistrate fee for ceremonies held out of the court

You may contact the Ministry of Home Affairs at tel: 1-246-535-7260, fax: 1-246-535-7286, e-mail homeaffairs@mha.gov.bb

Destination Wedding Belize

Belize is on the Caribbean coast, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala and offers an intriguing mix of tropical forests that are rich with wildlife, private waterfalls, majestic 3,675 foot mountains, mysterious Maya temples, and diving and fishing experiences beyond compare. In a single day you can set off from a tropical forest to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. All of these reasons are why we believe that a Belize Destination Wedding is a wonderful choice for future brides and grooms.

With spectacular natural attractions and the excitement of discovering Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret, travelers are drawn in from around the globe. More than a vacation, Belize is a state of being. It is a place where your senses come alive and you find yourself not just living, but truly savoring every moment. Just a two-hour flight from the United States of America, it has never been easier to become one with the rainforest and host an unforgettable destination wedding.

Belize is one of the few remaining unspoiled places on earth. The warm and friendly welcome you will receive once you land in Belize combined with the breathtaking adventures you will experience will stir your soul, expand your mind and forever change your life.

We ensure that your time spent in Belize will be an experience that you will never forget and that you will crave going back in the future for more adventures.

Belize Wedding Requirements:

  • A couple must be in the country for a minimum of three days (72 hours) prior to their marriage license application.
  • On the first business day after this three-day residency period, the marriage application can be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
  • The application process is one day and requires proof of citizenship, passport or birth certificate, original divorce certificate or death certificate, if applicable, and a Senior Justice of the Peace to witness the signing of the application.
  • After the one day application processing period the license to marry will be ready. Weddings must be performed by either a Senior Justice of the Peace who has authority to marry people or a Minister of a registered church. There must also be two witnesses, a male and a female.
  • A blood test is not required. Consent from a parent is not required if both partners are over 18 years of age.
  • The marriage must be registered with the Registry Department after the marriage ceremony has been completed.
  • We will assist you with your marriage license and the formal registration of your marriage. This processing takes about 5-6 weeks and your certificate will be mailed after. Please note that weddings around the Christmas Holiday will require more processing time.

For more information on hosting a Belize Destination Wedding, browse our collections and feel free to reach out to us at 1.888.963.8986 or info@elitetravelconsulting.com.

Destination Wedding Bermuda

Bermuda is an island so perfect for a summer destination wedding. Incredibly rich in history, culture and surrounded by enchanting blue waters, warm trade winds blow year round is this semi-tropical country. Situated in the Atlantic, flights from New York City, Toronto and other eastern cities reach paradise in a mere 2 hours. A perfect destination wedding getaway! Actually made up of 181 islands, islets and rocks, Bermuda’s 8 largest islands are linked by bridges and one causeway.

Bermuda is the perfect destination for an intimate wedding party of 2 or a celebration for 200. The coral pink sandy beaches, breathtaking cliffs, historic churches and lush tropical gardens all create unique backdrops for a truly romantic wedding. Brides and grooms often follow the example of local newlyweds who travel to and from their weddings via a horse-drawn carriage! With weather as welcoming as the people, you will soon find out why Bermuda is time and again rated one of the world’s top wedding and honeymoon destinations.

Bermuda Wedding Requirements:

To get married in Bermuda, you must be:

  • 16 or over (but written permission from your parents is required if you are under 18).
  • free to marry (single, divorced or widowed).
  • not closely related to your intended spouse.

Previously married persons: Under Bermuda law, you can only be married to one person at any given time. If you have previously been married, you have to provide a copy of your final divorce decree (decree absolute) along with the Notice of Intended Marriage – Form A as evidence that you are free to marry.

If your divorce took place outside of Bermuda, the Registrar may also require you or your intended spouse to obtain a certificate of non-marriage from the relevant authority in the country where the divorce was granted. The signature on the certificate of non-marriage must be validated to confirm that it is genuine. If you are widowed, you must provide the Registry General with a copy of your deceased spouse’s death certificate. Any supporting documentation which is not in English must be translated prior to submission.
Civil Ceremonies: Civil marriages may be performed by the Registrar General at the Registry General Office between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each weekday, and on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and Noon. An additional fee of $260.00 is payable for civil ceremonies. An attractive Marriage Room is available especially for these occasions. One week’s notice is required for reserving a date and time for a marriage ceremony.

Please be aware that two witnesses are required for every ceremony. On week days, Registry General staff are available to act as witnesses but you must inform the office that you need witnesses at the time the marriage appointment is confirmed. For Saturday marriages, you must bring your own witnesses.

Destination Wedding Costa Rica

Costa Rica has quickly become one the most popular destination wedding locations. It extends majestically from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and is well-known as an Eco-Tourism destination, filled with natural beauty, and peaceful people. A Costa Rica destination wedding is the perfect place to do so.

If you travel throughout the provinces of this exotic destination, it’s easy to notice that in no other place you shall find fields with so many variations in their landscape and climate as in Costa Rica. It is one of most highly valued tourist destinations on the planet. This small piece of land includes all of the necessary components to satisfy the taste of thousands of travelers visiting each year.

Offering an attractive tourist destination of limitless possibilities, that include extensive rainforests, volcanoes, rivers traveling through the mountains, beaches and natural resources safeguarded by an important organization of national parks and forest reserves. There are specific spots in Costa Rica where the exuberance of natural wildlife and visitors become one and where the water exemplifies a mirror reflecting the lush foliage all around.

Feel the passion and romance hidden in the striking sunsets while you walk along the marvelously soft sand. Costa Rica’s natural beauty will always be part of the memories you will remember for a lifetime.

Costa Rica Wedding Requirements:

The following information & documents need to be received at least one month in advance of the wedding day, of both bride and groom:

  • Copy of valid passport (the valid passport needs to be at hand during ceremony).
  • Full name (as in passport).
  • Profession.
  • Passport numbers.
  • Home address.
  • Date of birth.
  • Place of birth.
  • Nationality.
  • Full name of parents.
  • Home addresses of parents.

Witnesses: Two witnesses are required at the ceremony and they need to sign the documents as well. We also need a copy of the witnesses’ passports and they need to bring their passports to the ceremony. We can arrange the witnesses in case you are not able to bring the witnesses (relatives to the 1st degree are not accepted).

Divorced/Widowed Travelers: In that case some other requirements apply. Please contact us for further information.
Other things to keep in mind for your Costa Rica wedding.

In order to get the paper work done on time, we advise the bride & groom to be in Costa Rica at least one day prior to the wedding day (additional to receiving the information above at least one month in advance).
By Costa Rica law woman don’t change their name when getting married, you arrange this in your home country with the marriage certificate. You will receive the official marriage certificate within three months at your home address (officially translated and notarized).

For more information on hosting a Costa Rica Destination Wedding, browse our collections and feel free to reach out to us at 1.888.963.8986 or info@elitetravelconsulting.com.

Destination Wedding Curaçao

Affectionately known as the Caribbean’s “Best Kept Secret,” Curaçao is an island in the Caribbean, among the group known as the ABC Islands (alongside Aruba and Bonaire). This trio is located near Venezuela, and are considered to be outside the Caribbean’s so-called “hurricane zone.” This means that wedding vacations to the island are rarely disrupted by such tropical storms, making it a superb choice for destination weddings year round.

A diving mecca, and a true laid back jewel, couples looking for an alternative destination that is less traveled than some of the more popular islands, consider Curaçao for your upcoming nuptials.

Curacao Wedding Requirements:

To start the process, send your request to get married in writing to the civil registrar. The letter should contain your personal information, full address of both parties, phone/fax number and e-mail address. The future husband and wife must both be at least 18 years of age and should both sign the letter. Documentation you need to enclose:

  • Clear, legible copies of both passports.
  • Certified copies of your birth certificates. (the issue date must be less than 6 months before date of marriage), along with an Apostille stamp on each.
  • Proof of single status.
  • If applicable, divorce papers or death certificate of former spouse.
  • Declaration of single status from the time of divorce or death of former spouse until present.
  • Names of parents, mothers’ maiden names, and their dates and places of birth.
  • Professions of bride, groom and their parents.

Original documents other than in Dutch or English need to be translated into the Dutch language (i.e. a French or Spanish document must be translated into Dutch, not English).

Please note that official documents, such as birth certificates and marriage certificates, need an “Apostille” in order to be recognized in other countries. Apostille stamps certify the authenticity of the signature of the official who signed the document, the capacity in which that official acts and the identity of the seal or stamp the document bears. An apostille does not imply that the contents of the document are correct. You should start by contacting the Secretary of State for your state to inquire how to get an Apostille for your documents. The Civil Registrar can tell you how to get your marriage certificate properly apostilled and the fee charged.

For more information on hosting a Curacao Destination Wedding, browse our collections and feel free to reach out to us at 1.888.963.8986 or info@elitetravelconsulting.com.

Destination Wedding Dominican Republic

Whether you envision a lavish wedding for all of your family and friends or a more intimate celebration with your closed loved ones, there are plenty of locations which to choose from. Beach weddings are popular among couples; many also opt to exchange vows in gardens or at a location overlooking the ocean.

The Dominican Republic offers a number of hotels and resorts to meet anyone’s tastes. Whether you’re looking for privacy and seclusion or activities and an active nightlife, there are plenty of resorts from which to choose from.

In addition to the stunning landscape and romantic atmosphere, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, regardless of your interests. All of the regions in the Dominican Republic are beautiful and diverse, offering fabulous activities and attractions. The Dominican Republic has a strong sense of culture and tradition no matter what region you visit. Whether you want to taste the incredible cuisine, meet the locals, snorkel or explore the country’s landscape, there’s plenty to see and do.

Juan Dolio

Exchange vows overlooking the tranquil ocean waters or simply say “I do” on the soft, white-sand beach. There are plenty of options from which to choose, whether you choose to have a lovely garden ceremony or something casual on the beach. There are plenty of activities and attractions to keep you and your guests busy. The charming seaside town of Juan Dolio is in close distance to the tourist attractions in La Romana and Santo Domingo, making it the perfect destination for those who want to experience exciting activities and nightlife. Whether you’re looking for the perfect romantic getaway or a stunning location for your destination wedding, Juan Dolio has much to offer those of all ages.

La Romana

Exchange vows on a soft, white sand beach or opt to say “I do” in a gazebo or botanical garden. Whichever location you choose, your wedding in La Romana is bound to be unforgettable. There is plenty for your guests to see and do from snorkeling, lying out at the beach, exploring the city or golfing. Teeth of the Dog, which is located in La Romana is the number one golf course in the Caribbean and one of the top 100 in the world. La Romana is surrounded by coral reefs and is a snorkeling and diving haven for couples. The region is also home to the West Indian manatees which are often found in Samana Bay. Whether you’re looking for a breathtakingly beautiful wedding destination or a romantic couples’ escape, La Romana has much to offer.

Puerto Plata

Discovered in the 1490’s by Christopher Columbus, this natural port is said to have gained its name, “Puerto Plata,” which means port of silver, from its silvery, mist-like appearance. Exchange vows on one of Puerto Plata’s sugar sand beaches or have an intimate ceremony surrounded by gorgeous flora. Whether you want to have a simple ceremony or something more lavish, there are plenty of venues to consider. There are plenty of activities and attractions including Mount Isabel de Torres complete with gondola like cable cars that allow you to travel to the top of the peak. The mountain is home to a 35-acre botanical garden that houses some of the most exquisite orchards. The waters are perfect for snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving. On land you’ll find a variety of museums and shopping centers worth exploring. If you’re looking for a destination with scenic views, stunning surroundings and plenty to do, then Puerto Plata is the perfect location for you.

Punta Cana

Say your vows underneath palms overlooking turquoise-blue waters or opt to have a garden ceremony. The atmosphere and breathtaking views make Punta Cana the perfect place for a memorable destination wedding. Punta Cana is known for its stunning beaches, romantic atmosphere and incredible golf courses. At night there’s plenty to keep you busy from high-end restaurants and local eateries to swanky bars and clubs. Whether you want to be adventurous or relax and unwind during your stay, there’s plenty to see and do. If you’re looking for a tropical paradise, then Punta Cana is the perfect place for your next getaway.

Samana

The Samana Peninsula is considered by many to be the most beautiful part of the Dominican Republic. This area has everything from beautiful white sand beaches, mountains, stunning coral reefs and even tropical rain forests. Exchange vows on one of Samana’s stunning white sand beaches or in a National Park. Samana is less populated and developed than the Dominican Republic’s more popular tourist destinations; it has upscale hotels, restaurants and shops as well as a number of activities for visitors to enjoy. Visit Los Haitises National Park to see incredible sites, such as cave art and mangrove swamps. While Samana has resorts, restaurants and activities, it also boasts a tranquil atmosphere, natural beauty and pristine beaches, making it the perfect destination for those seeking relaxation.

Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo serves as the Caribbean’s most diverse destination with just over three million people. Contemporary hotels sit on ancient cobblestone streets and hip restaurants sit next to street vendors serving traditional Dominican fare. Cobblestone streets and colonial touches make this destination the perfect spot for your destination wedding. Exchange vows at a colonial church, in a garden or on the beach. After the wedding explore the museums, see the Folkloric Ballet’s performance and try the cuisine. Go golfing, shopping or take a trip to the Botanical Gardens or National Zoo. Whether you want to explore or take advantage of the tours and activities this colonial city has to offer, there’s something for everyone in Santo Domingo.

Dominican Republic Wedding Requirements:

The information below is a general list of requirements to perform a legal wedding ceremony in the Dominican Republic. Please check with the Dominican Republic tourism department or wedding coordinator at your resort for additional information on legal requirements and fees for weddings in the Dominican Republic. All information below is subject to change without notice.
Necessary Documentation: The bride/groom must bring original copies of the following documents:

  • Official birth certificate
  • A valid, non-expired passport
  • An Affidavit that provides proof of Single Status translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate where the document was issued

TIP: Make two photocopies of each of the documents above and pack in a separate suitcase such as your checked baggage. Make sure to bring any original documents within your carry-on luggage.
Waiting Period: The bride/groom must send copies of all documents above to the Oficialia del Estado Civil (City Clerk) preferably six months in advance and request a judge at least one month in advance prior to the wedding date in order to apply for a marriage license.
Witnesses: You must have two witnesses over the age 18.
Divorced/Widowed Travelers: Divorced or widowed parties must provide official copies of the divorce decree or a certified death certificate translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate where the document was issued.

For more information on hosting a Dominican Republic Destination Wedding, browse our collections and feel free to reach out to us at 1.888.963-8986 or info@elitetravelconsulting.com.

Destination Wedding Grand Cayman

Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the western Caribbean lays the peaceful British Overseas Territory known as the Cayman Islands. Consisting of three islands and 11 different beaches – just 480 miles south of Miami, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman remain the little pieces of paradise. Long regarded as one of the Caribbean’s safest and most welcoming destinations, the Cayman Islands is also one of its most cosmopolitan.

Of the 11 beaches Grand Cayman islands have to offer, the internationally known Seven Mile Beach encompasses so many different activities a day at the beach has the ability to leave your head spinning. Whether or not you enjoy just relaxing and watching the waves roll in, or taking your vacation up a notch and parasailing over the Caribbean Sea, Seven Mile Beach has what you’re looking for. With an abundance of water-sport operators, hotels and beachside restaurants… you will never be at a loss for things to take pleasure in on Seven Mile Beach.

You’ll never be short of things to do in The Cayman Islands. Blessed with sun-kissed beaches and waters teeming with gold flecked fish, the Cayman Islands offer some of the best diving, snorkeling & sailing in the world. The Islands’ history is rich in exotic detail, as the Museums, Botanical Park and National Trust clearly demonstrate. So whether it’s a trip under the sea to feed the stingrays, an excursion to The Cayman Turtle Farm for a hands-on experience of one of nature’s most inspiring miracles, or a journey into the past to revisit the first landing by Christopher Columbus…a feast for the senses-and sensibilities-awaits.

Cayman Island Wedding Requirement:

With the proper preparation, you can get married in Cayman as soon as the day you arrive. Here is a list of everything you’ll need to have and to hold:

  • Proof Of Citizenship And Age (Passport Or Birth Certificate & Photo ID)
  • Proof Of Marital Status (Divorce Decree Or Death Certificate, If Needed)
  • Immigration Department Cards For Non-Cruise Passengers
  • International Embarkation/Disembarkation Cards For Cruise Passengers
  • Two Witnesses At The Ceremony
  • A Non-Residents Marriage License
  • A Letter From The Authorized Marriage Officer Who Is To Officiate

Applications for non-resident marriage licenses and a list of licensed Marriage Officers can be obtained from the Passport and Corporate Services Office. On the Sister Islands, this is provided by the District Commissioner’s Office.

Passport and Corporate Services Office
Sussex House, 128 Elgin Avenue
George Town, Grand Cayman, KY1-9000
Phone: 345-943-7678
Fax: 345-945-4355
Email: passport&corporate@gov.ky

District Commissioner’s Office
District Administration Building
PO Box 240
Cayman Brac KY2-2101
Phone: 345-948-2506
Email: BracDC@gov.ky

Destination Wedding Grenada

Known as the spice island, Grenada has everything you need to plan your dream Caribbean escape. It is a three island state consisting of: Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique. Grenada is the largest of the three and contains several spectacular waterfalls. By visiting the mesmerizing island of Grenada, you can enjoy one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world. This beautiful island features more than 45 beaches full of countless opportunities for adventure, snorkeling, or just plain relaxing. Even better, all beaches on this island are public. That means no matter how exclusive or expensive looking the area, it is open for all to enjoy. Grenada has it all, from turquoise waters set off by the incredible white and black sand beaches, to harbors scented with unbelievable tropical plants. Grenada is renowned throughout the world as one of the most peaceful and idyllic spots for a wedding or simply to just escape. If you are thinking about having a destination wedding, your guests will definitely enjoy all that Grenada and its sister islands, have to offer.

Savor the spicy flavors, hop to the beat of local Calypso and Reggae rhythms and discover this intriguing state. An exotic paradise is the perfect phrase to describe this Caribbean haven.

Grenada Wedding Requirements:

  • Couples must be a resident of the island for a minimum of three days (including weekends and public holidays) before applying for a license.
  • All documents must be in English. If the originals are in another language, they must be translated into English and certified.
  • Show valid passports and original birth certificates of both parties.
  • Sworn affidavit or letter from a clergyman, lawyer or registry if one or both parties are single, attesting to the fact that they have not been previously married.
  • Proof of divorce or death certificate.
  • Affidavit of parental consent if under 21 years of age
  • Deed poll if either party had a name change

Fee: US $12

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Destination Wedding Honduras

Honduras, the centerpiece of Central America, is a vibrant wonderland, full of adventure and breathtaking beauty. The gorgeousness of this land, the warmth of its people, and its rich history are just a few reasons as to why you must plan a getaway to Honduras. We believe it is the perfect destination to host your special day.

Go get lost in beautiful Honduras, being sure to visit its beautiful colonial villages, ancient Copan ruins, the beautiful Pacific Caribbean coastline, and the Bay Islands, with its great beaches and coral reefs. While visiting the Bay Islands, make sure to go snorkeling or diving, an experience that will always be remembered. Laid-back, low-profile Honduras is one of Central America’s largely unknown tourist destinations. Many travelers would argue that they are happy that it is not too touristy, allowing the natural beauty to remain unspoiled. This remote country is privileged to have an extraordinary natural and cultural heritage, the Bay Islands are surrounded by the world’s second largest coral reef and Copan is considered the Athens of the ancient Mayan civilization.

While on your magical getaway in Honduras, explore ancient ruins; lay on the gorgeous beaches, and watch dolphins swim around in the waters off the island of Roatán. Roatán Destination Weddings are very popular for the laid back crowd. Honduras and its growing eco-tourism sector have easily accessible, gorgeous national parks; cloud forests; national reserves; and botanical gardens – all with remarkable scenery.

For wedding parties looking for something a little more remote in a destination wedding location, Honduras is the country for you. We ensure that you and your loved ones will have a once in a lifetime experience, something that will be talked about for many years.

Honduras Wedding Requirements:

If you are getting married in Honduras, you must meet the requirements prescribed by Honduran law. The following is an unofficial translation of several documents issued by Tegucigalpa City Hall on marriage requirements in Honduras.

For further information, please contact: +504 2237-3768, Marriage Department in the Local Municipality in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Required Documents Must Include:

  • Photocopy of identification card of both parties. Expanded.
  • Photocopy and original identification card of two witnesses over 21 years old; they must be extended. You are not allowed to change witnesses at the last minute; Parents and relatives can not be witnesses.
  • CERTIFICATION OF THE CIVIL STATUS, THAT DOES NOT PASS FOR 3 MONTHS (their names must coincide exactly with the one that appears on the Identity Card and proof of relationship, WHICH SHALL REQUEST IT IN THE REGISTRY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE PLACE OF BIRTH.
  • PROOF OF RELATIONSHIP REQUESTED IN THE REGISTRY OF PEOPLE IN THE PLACE OF BIRTH OF EACH OF THE CONTRAYENTS
  • Medical Evidence and HIV tests, when there are no children among them.
  • Pregnancy test, if you are pregnant. (With original seal and signature of the laboratory).
  • Original birth certificates of the children, when they are of both parties. One thing excludes the other.
  • Criminal Record Sheet of both spouses, they can requested at La Granja Courts.
  • A 350.00 Lempira fee for marriage services, when it is with Notary Ballot of 500.00 Lempira fee * For foreign Ballot of 3, 000.00 Lempira fee Art.143 Number 8, deposited in Banco Ficohsa with account No. 01201316404.- According to the current arbitration plan.
  • NOTARIAL ACT OF THE ECONOMIC REGIME. Art. 64 of the Family Code (only if they have assets, for Separate Assets, submit original and copies of documents that accredit it)

Requirements for People Under 21 Years of Age

  • For those Under 21 Years of Age PARENTS MUST AUTHORIZE IN WRITING AND AUTHENTICATE THE SIGNATURES BY A NOTARY.
  • Bring a photocopy of the identity of the parents, when one of the parents is deceased, bring the death certificate and authorize the survivor.
  • When both parents are deceased THE AUTHORIZATION will be given by the paternal or maternal grandparents of preference those who live in the same domicile of the minor contracting party, when the whereabouts is unknown of who should give the authorization, THE CORRESPONDING COURT THE DARA.- And they must present the Certification of Judicial Resolution.

Requirements for Non-Honduras (Foreigners)

Must provide a Single Statement issued by a Consulate of the country of origin accredited in Honduras, the statement must state the single civil status and that there are no obstacles for the marriage to take place. The single statement must then be authenticated by the Ministry of Government and Justice, and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Required Documents:

  • Photocopy of passport or safe conduct in your case.
  • Photocopy of the date you enter the country through the immigration office attached to the passport upon entering Honduras.
  • Bring a criminal record of your country of origin apostilled or authenticated (both) in the nearest Representation of Honduras and if they are in another language translate them into Spanish and apostille and if they have one year of residing in Honduras they are requested in the Courts of the Farm , if only they come authenticated of the Representation of Honduras to take them to the Ministry of Interior and Population and External Relations.
  • Note: If the Single Statement and Criminal Records are in English or any other language than Spanish, translate and authenticate or apostille the same (both in the country that was granted).
  • If your witnesses are also foreigners, the witnesses must also provide photocopies of their passports.

Note: The Law does not allow the authorization of a civil marriage of a minor who has not reached the age of 18 or of a woman who has not reached the age of 16.

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Destination Wedding Jamaica

Plan your dream wedding in Jamaica with Elite Travel Consulting and experience an island where the rhythms are as sublime as the tropical, natural scenery. Experts in designing captivating Jamaica weddings, our consultants can help you plan your special day while allowing you to take advantage of all this beautiful Caribbean paradise has to offer.

There are plenty of options from which to choose, whether you envision a casual ceremony on one of the many pristine beaches or a more formal affair at a luxurious resort. From rustic hideaways to large luxurious resorts, Jamaica has a wide range of spectacular hotels and resorts to meet whatever it is that you desire. Magnificent gardens and architectural wonders are plentiful, as are spectacular beaches, waterfalls and scenery. Jamaica is rich with Spanish and British History and home to the legendary reggae great, Bob Marley.

Jamaica is the perfect place for a memorable getaway and is one of the most romantic wedding destinations in the world. Take advantage of all the activities and attractions Jamaica has to offer after your wedding. Whether you prefer to relax on the beach or explore natural wonders, there’s plenty for you to do in Jamaica.

Montego Bay Destination Weddings

Montego Bay is Jamaica’s second largest city and situated on the northwest corner of the island. With its picturesque views and magnificent mountains, the island offers a serene and tranquil ambiance for weddings and honeymoons. Whether you envision exchanging vows beachside or on the steps of a historic great house, there are a number of beautiful ceremony locations to choose from. There are also waterfalls, rivers, gardens and mountains, which all serve as elegant backdrops for your ceremony and reception. The area offers an array of activities including river rafting, fishing charters, cycling golf and some of the best marketplaces that you will ever encounter. Montego Bay offers activities, history and landscape which will make your experience unforgettable.

Negril Destination Weddings

Negril has the famous Seven Mile beach as well as stunning cliffs for an entire unique experience. Compared to other wedding destinations, Negril is not overdeveloped, which adds significantly to its appeal and charm for many couples. Beach ceremonies are popular among couples. However, there are many other beautiful venues from which to choose, including the famous cliffs. After the wedding, consider immersing yourself in the culture and activities Negril has to offer. Negril is known globally for its spectacular cliffs where cliff jumping has become a past-time for the more adventurous. Other activities include, parasailing, deep sea fishing and trips to the spa and water park. Negril is the perfect destination if you want to have a quiet wedding or honeymoon away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Ocho Rios Destination Weddings

Affectionately known as “Ochi”, this gem is located on the northern coast of Jamaica, a famous and popular wedding destination which is often frequented by celebrities and cruise ships. The most striking feature of this region is the world famous Dunn’s River Falls, which is a spectacular backdrop for wedding photos. The falls actually cascade 695 feet into the ocean! Ocho Rios is a peaceful location for a destination wedding. While vacationing in Jamaica, swimming, nature hikes, bird watching and sunbathing on secluded beaches are just a few of the relaxing activities that you might want to partake in, or you may prefer to explore the rich, colorful heritage of Jamaican plantation life and the creative culture. The activities, scenery and culture Ocho Rios provides will not disappoint you and your loved ones.

Runaway Bay Destination Weddings

Runaway Bay is situated on the northern coast of Jamaica in the St. Ann Parish region between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. The views and landscape make Runaway an incredible location for any outdoor ceremony. Exchange vows in Runaway Bay’s gorgeous gardens, historical buildings or on one of the glorious beaches. Couples are drawn to Runaway Bay because of its romantic atmosphere and beauty. Runway Bay offers spectacular architectural delights and a glimpse of the islands’ Spanish and British colonial past. From snorkeling and sunbathing to shopping and bike riding, there is a wide range of activities for everyone. Coupled with incredibly warm hospitality, this destination is truly magnificent for those looking to tie the knot and spending time with their family and friends.

Treasure Beach Destination Weddings

Treasure Beach is perfect for those looking to get away from it all. You will not find any large hotels, water sports or nightclubs here. However, there are plenty of hammocks, deserted beaches and friendly residents to help you pass the time. Despite being a quiet destination, there is no shortage of activities. Waterfalls, mineral baths, golfing and rum factory tours make Treasure Beach an unforgettable destination. Treasure Beach is now making its way on to the list of “must visit” destinations for alternative tourists and those seeking a truly authentic travel experience. Perfect for brides and grooms that want to have a destination wedding, but are not interested in large resorts and crowded beaches.

Westmoreland Destination Weddings

Westmoreland is commonly referred to as an “untouched paradise” located on the south side of Negril. The secluded paradise offers couples a chance to have the intimate beach wedding and romantic honeymoon they have always dreamed of. Whether you want to go fishing, snorkeling, hiking, swimming or kayaking, Westmoreland has much to offer and you will never have a dull moment. Many tourists explore Negril as it is so close to Westmoreland and has much to offer in terms of restaurants, nightlife and activities. No matter what your interests are, there is something for everyone in Westmoreland.

Jamaica Wedding Requirements:

The information below is a general list of requirements to perform a legal wedding ceremony in Jamaica. Please check with the Jamaica tourism department or wedding coordinator at your resort for additional information on legal requirements and fees for weddings in Jamaica. All information below is subject to change without notice.
Necessary Documentation: The bride/groom must bring original copies of the following documents:

  • Official birth certificate
  • A valid, non-expired passport
  • Written authorization from the parents/ guardians if the bride or groom is under 18 years of age

TIP: Make two photocopies of each of the documents above and pack in a separate suitcase such as your checked baggage. Make sure to bring any original documents within your carry-on luggage.
Waiting Period: The bride/groom must be in the destination for at least 24 hours prior to the wedding and must apply for a marriage license at least 48 hours prior to the wedding. All wedding documents must be sent to the resort performing the wedding ceremony at least 10 business days prior to the wedding date.
Divorced/Widowed Travelers: Divorced or widowed parties must provide official copies of the divorce decree or a certified death certificate.

For more information on hosting a Jamaica Destination Wedding, browse our collections and feel free to reach out to us at 1.888.963.8986 or info@elitetravelconsulting.com.

Destination Wedding Mexico

If you’re dreaming of a Mexico destination wedding, Elite Travel Consulting can help make your dreams come true. A country of captivating contrasts, Mexico’s diverse regions offer a wide array of stunning destinations with breathtaking landscapes, awe-inspiring natural environments, and gorgeous beaches that create the perfect setting for fairy tale weddings in Mexico. Each destination also offers unique characteristics and intriguing traditions for rich and memorable Mexico weddings that can be tailored to your individual tastes and needs. Whether on the Pacific or Mayan Coast, Mexico destination weddings can take advantage of exceptional settings for your special day, along with a variety of fun activities and interesting attractions to enjoy during your stay for an unforgettable vacation.

Cabo San Lucas Destination Weddings

The region of Cabo San Lucas is designed to captivate tourists with its beauty, filled with hundreds of species of wildlife, palm-lined lagoons and pristine ocean. Cabo San Lucas weddings offer the peace and tranquility of a quaint town combined with gorgeous archaeological sites, gigantic palms, soft, white sand and legendary surf. During your trip you will be able to enjoy kayaking, boogie or paddle boarding, whale watching and exploration of Mayan history and culture or desert terrain on all-terrain vehicles. In the evenings, there is plenty of lively entertainment, discos, clubs and bars to take advantage of. Whether you’re planning a destination wedding for a large number of guests, an intimate destination vow renewal or romantic honeymoon, Cabo San Lucas has natural landscape and unique activities to make your trip memorable.

Cancun Destination Weddings

Cancun offers mouthwatering cuisine, magnificent sunsets and a high energy atmosphere, complete with cultural music and dancing that will keep your guests on their feet throughout the entire reception. Imagine exchanging vows at a romantic outdoor ceremony in front of a stunning backdrop of gorgeous palms, turquoise ocean water and miles of sandy beach. Cancun also offers a number of places to explore and activities for you and your guests to partake in before or after the wedding. Explore famous archaeological sites or scuba dive in water full of bright coral reefs, tropical fish and other sea life. Cancun is also known for its active nightlife. Whether you’re planning your dream destination wedding, a honeymoon or romantic getaway, Cancun offers the perfect mix of relaxing activities and adventurous excursions to suit anyone’s tastes.

Cozumel Destination Weddings

Cozumel is the perfect location for a wedding away, known for its stunning white sand and magnificent landscape. Whether you prefer to stay at a large, luxurious resort or small, unique hotel, Cozumel has a number of resorts to meet your needs. Cozumel has many exciting activities to take part in, including parachuting, kite boarding, wind surfing and kayaking. Cozumel boasts a world-famous coral reef, which many see while snorkeling or scuba diving. As a visitor of the island, you will bear witness to traditional carnivals and may be able to participate in local customs and rituals, which will make any couple’s experience memorable.

Huatulco Destination Weddings

Huatulco (pronounced wah-TOOL-coh) is the perfect location for a beach wedding. Huatulco boasts 36 golden-sand beaches with warm, sparkling waters – a perfect backdrop for your romantic ceremony. Bird watching, zip lining, diving, rafting, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, surfing and fishing are just some of the activities Huatulco offers. There are also magnificent mountains worth climbing just to see the spectacular views. Whether you’re planning your dream destination wedding or romantic getaway, there’s much to see and do in beautiful Huatulco.

Isla Mujeres Destination Weddings

Isla Mujeres is the perfect destination for your romantic wedding or honeymoon, complete with beautiful beaches, stunning views and a gorgeous landscape. Historically, Isla Mujeres is a fishing village and though it has now been discovered by tourists, it still retains its charm and serene atmosphere. While it has kept its small-town charm over the years, Isla Mujeres also has many attractions which draw droves of tourists each year. From fishing and and diving to spa treatments and golf courses, Isla Mujeres has much to see and do.

Manzanillo Destination Weddings

Manzanillo has become one of the country’s most important tourist resorts, and its excellent hotels and restaurants continue to meet the demands of both national and international tourists. Manzanillo’s pristine beaches and exclusive resorts have been featured in “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” and numerous celebrity golf tournaments are held here every year. The Las Hadas Golf course has been named as being among “the 100 greatest in the world” by Golf Digest magazine and the finish destination for the classic 2,500-mile San Diego to Manzanillo Yacht Race is at Las Hadas 70-boat marina.

Mazatlan Destination Weddings

Mazatlan is a memorable location for your destination wedding, complete with stunning waters, soft sand beached and unique customs. Whether you’re looking for a small resort or large, boutique-style hotel, there’s a property to meet your needs. Mazatlan also has many activities to suit anyone’s interests. Whether you want to hit the beach, take an eco-tour, go hiking, rock climbing or explore historic monuments, there is plenty to do. Mazatlan boasts a rich history and culture, adding to its appeal. Whether you’re looking for the perfect wedding destination or a romantic location for your honeymoon, Mazatlan won’t disappoint.

Puerto Vallarta Destination Weddings

Puerto Vallarta is known for its picturesque view, beautiful flora, clear-blue waters and magnificent mountains. Have your ceremony at sunset on one of Puerto Vallarta’s pristine beaches or exchange vows in view of the mountains. There are a number of incredible activities to enjoy in Puerto Vallarta. Go diving, rappelling, bungee jumping, snorkeling or kayaking or visit one of Puerto Vallarta’s many attractions, such as The Cuale Museum. Regardless of your interests, there’s something for everyone in Puerto Vallarta. The town offers a plethora of activities, spectacular views and superb hotels and resorts, making it the perfect destination for your romantic getaway.

Riviera Maya Destination Weddings

Imagine marrying in a tropical paradise surrounded by magnificent ancient ruins. Riviera Maya weddings are for those who want more than just a beautiful destination. After you’re married, you can partake in the many activities, including scuba diving, skydiving or swimming with dolphins. If you prefer sightseeing over adventurous activities, you can choose to explore the ancient Mayan civilization and relax on the stunning shores of the Riviera Maya’s beautiful beaches. In the evenings, take in a show or dance the night away at one of Riviera Maya’s fabulous clubs, discos, restaurants or bars.

Riviera Nayarit Destination Weddings

Riviera Nayarit is the perfect location for a destination wedding. Its picturesque ocean views, warm weather and incredible sunsets make it the perfect place for an outdoor wedding. After you’re married, take advantage of some of the amazing activities and exciting attractions Riviera Nayarit has to offer. Go zip lining, swim with the dolphins or stretch out and relax on one of the sandy beaches. The cuisine is unique and exotic. Well-known dishes include shrimp tamales and oyster sopes. Check out the exciting nightlife. If you’re looking for more low-key entertainment, spend the evening at one of Riviera Nayarit’s bohemian bars or jazz clubs. Whether you’re seeking adventure, romance or relaxation, Riviera Nayarit has something for everyone, which makes it the perfect destination for your next getaway.

Punta Mita Destination Weddings

Punta Mita is situated north of Puerto Vallarta and south of the sleepy town of Sayulita. Punta Mita is an aesthetic gem that sits upon a stunning piece of the Pacific Coastline. Recently, the area has welcomed a group of luxury hotels boosting tourism in the area. Sip tequila, watch for whales and revel in the beauty of this region before saying your I Do’s in front of your closest family and friends. This hot spot is definitely worth considering for your upcoming Mexican destination wedding.

Mexico Wedding Requirements:

The information below is a general list of requirements to perform a legal wedding ceremony in Mexico. Depending on the area of Mexico or even resort you are having your wedding ceremony at, legal requirements may vary. Please check with the Mexico tourism department or wedding coordinator at your resort for additional information on legal requirements and fees for weddings in Mexico. All information below is subject to change without notice.
Ceremony Requirements: For a wedding ceremony to be considered legal and binding in Mexico, the bride/groom must have a civil ceremony with a Justice of the Peace.
Necessary Documentation: The bride/groom must bring original copies of the following documents:

  • Official birth certificate
  • A valid, non-expired passport
  • Tourist card (this should be given to you at the airport upon arrival)

TIP: Make two photocopies of each of the documents above and pack in a separate suitcase such as your checked baggage. Make sure to bring any original documents within your carry-on luggage.
Blood Test: A blood test will need to be performed in the destination with test results of syphilis, HIV, and Rh factor (blood type).
TIP: Some resorts may provide this service at the resort instead of needing to go to a clinic, so check with your wedding coordinator to see if they provide this service on-site.
Waiting Period: It is recommended that the bride/groom arrive at least 5 days prior to the wedding date to ensure translation of any necessary documents.
Witnesses: You must have two witnesses over the age 18.

Divorced/Widowed Travelers: For divorced or widowed parties, you must provide official copies of the divorce decree or a certified death certificate that verifies it has been at least 12 months since the official divorce from or death of the previous spouse. A negative pregnancy test verified by the Mexican Consulate if the bride was divorced within the last year.

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Destination Wedding in Panama

The ease of travel and wide array of experiences are making Panama one of the most attractive emerging tourism destinations in the world. In just one week, visitors can enjoy two different oceans, experience the mountains and rainforest, learn about native cultures and take advantage of vibrant urban life. The capital, Panama City, is a modern, sophisticated metropolis that resembles Miami and has established commerce, arts, fashion and dining.

The indigenous meaning of the country’s name, “abundance of fish”, reflects Panama’s reputation as a paradise for water sports enthusiasts and eco-tourists alike. As the isthmus connecting two massive continents, Panama’s flora and fauna is incredibly diverse. For example, Panama was recently named the country with the most bird species in the world; over 900. Panama’s many indigenous tribes are still thriving, living in the same ancient manner as their ancestors, making its cultural fabric exceptionally rich.

Indulge in the many attractions Panama has to offer, including zip-lining across the jungle, touring the infamous Panama Canal port to cargo from all over the world, white water rafting, romantic tours and much, much more. Elite Travel Consulting knows that you will not be disappointed with your time spent in Panama, and that it is a perfect choice for those that want to continue their travels in Central or South America after their wedding day.

Considering Panama is a peninsula joining Central and South America, it allows for white and dark sand beaches on either the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans. With plenty of opportunity to discover in this upcoming tourist destination, consider Panama as the international wonder awaiting your arrival.

Panama Wedding Requirements:

  • For a legal ceremony you MUST be in Panama for a total of 20 days before your wedding. The fee for a legal ceremony is $400 USD.
  • Fill out the application for a marriage license before the competent court for the jurisdiction where at least one of the parties lives.
  • Health Certificate for both parties, which includes:
    • General Medical Exam
    • lab tests: VDRL (Venereal Disease Research Laboratory), Biometría hemática (Complete Blood Count), Electroforesis de hemoglobin (Hemoglobin Electrophoresis), Urinalysis, HIV/AIDS test.
    • The health certificate must be issued within the 15 days prior to the ceremony by a registered physician. The fee is $200 USD.
  • Birth Certificate, issued in your country of origin.
  • Birth Certificates of existing children of either party.
  • Divorce certificate or death certificate, if either party is divorced or widowed.
  • Passport with corresponding visa
  • If the parties have not been previously married, a certificate of single status (Certificado de Solteria) to that effect must be presented.  This certificate should be issued in the country where you have been residing the last 2 years. The American Citizen Services (ACS) unit does not issue such documents. Generally, this requirement can be satisfied by signing a sworn statement attesting to your single status in front of a Panamanian notary. Two witnesses, not related to you, must also make a sworn statement that you are single.
  • Signed declaration by both parties (on a form provided by the court) expressing their intention to marry and which gives the following information:
    • Full name
    • Age
    • Marital Status
    • Nationality
    • Profession
    • Domicile or residence of future spouses
    • Domicile or residence of their parents
    • For Panamanian citizens: The aforementioned certificates can be obtained at the Civil Registry Office on Avenida Peru, telephone number: 507-8000.
  • Two witnesses of legal age, not related to any of the parties (i.e. within the fourth grade of consanguinity or second degree of kinship or by adoption). This means the following people cannot serve as witnesses: brother/sister, cousin, uncle/aunt, nephew/niece, son/daughter-in-law, father/mother-in-law or brother/sister-in-lawof the couple to be married.
  • Panamanian ID card (cedula) or passport with corresponding visa.
  • There is a fee to have a symbolic ceremony of $320 USD. This fee is required for all the packages. Symbolic and non-legal ceremonies allow greater flexibility. Please speak with the wedding coordinator to discuss requirements.

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Destination Wedding Puerto Rico

The island of Puerto Rico is a very popular destination because of its amazing location, rich history and warm atmosphere. Located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic and southeast of Miami, Florida, Puerto Rico is a marvelous destination wedding choice. The island is 100 long by 35 miles wide—but don’t let these measurements fool you. Close to 4 million people live on the ‘Island of Enchantment,’ with more than a million in the greater San Juan metropolitan area alone. It is a vibrant, modern, bilingual, multicultural society, one that has been molded by Spanish, African, Indian and U.S. influences.

Residents of Puerto Rico have much in common with their fellow Americans in the continental United States, yet they retain a decidedly Hispanic heritage.

Take some time to explore the tropical island of Puerto Rico, where you can find local exotic hideaways, miles of white sandy beaches, mountains and valleys, and many other natural wonders. In addition to the natural splendors you will find yourself surrounded by warm and friendly people.  When you are looking for exotic locations, miles upon miles of white sand beaches, plus unbelievable rain forests and mountains, Puerto Rico may be the perfect choice.

This tropical island is a modern progressive and civilized vacation spot that maintains the charm and hospitality of days gone by. You will find everything that the Caribbean has to offer in this all around family destination – and with it, are the people whose warmth is equaled only by the sunshine that graces its shores.

Puerto Rico Wedding Requirements:

The information below is a general list of requirements to perform a legal wedding ceremony in Puerto Rico. Please check with the Puerto Rico tourism department or wedding coordinator at your resort for additional information on legal requirements and fees for weddings in Puerto Rico. All information below is subject to change without notice.
Necessary Documentation: The bride/groom must bring original copies of the following documents:

  • Official birth certificate
  • A valid, non-expired passport

TIP: Make two photocopies of each of the documents above and pack in a separate suitcase such as your checked baggage. Make sure to bring any original documents within your carry-on luggage.
Blood/Health Tests: A blood test will need to be performed in the destination by a local physician or by a certified laboratory within the United States which must be performed within 10 calendar days of the wedding date.
The bride/groom then has 10 calendar days to submit all documents to the local demographic registry and perform the wedding ceremony.
TIP: Some resorts may provide this service at the resort instead of needing to go to a clinic, so check with your wedding coordinator to see if they provide this service on-site.
Divorced/Widowed Travelers: Divorced or widowed parties must provide official copies of the divorce decree or a certified death certificate.

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Destination Wedding St. Lucia

St. Lucia is the perfect destination for Caribbean weddings and honeymoons. The natural beauty of this beautiful Caribbean tropical island seems to have been created for romantics. The combination of palm fringed beaches, elegant old plantation houses, soft tropical air, hypnotic steel band music, and the tantalizing aroma of the cuisine combined make weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries popular on St. Lucia. Wonderful climate, astounding beauty and friendly islanders makes St. Lucia simply perfect for your special wedding day. St. Lucia offers you the freedom of doing your wedding the way you want.

Just about every corner of this tropical paradise of St. Lucia exhibits breathtaking beauty. Add to this cuisine that pays attention to exceptional detail and incorporates the freshest island produce and seafood, one that is based on a complex Creole heritage, and you have nothing short of a legendary dining experience—only part of the reason why St. Lucia has become a dynamic culinary destination St. Lucia is the perfect destination, whether you’re after romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains, are sure to indulge every taste. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most traveled individuals for a holiday with lasting memories.

The perfection of this escape should be shared. Tropical weather, welcoming accommodations, and unexpected adventures await all who travel to this paradise island. Romance can be found at up-market resorts and intimate inns. Bask together under the Caribbean sun, sail into a champagne sunset, and cuddle beneath the vast starry sky. Discover new romance and re-spark old love over a candlelight dinner on a secluded beach.

St. Lucia Wedding Requirements:

The information below is a general list of requirements to perform a legal wedding ceremony in St. Lucia. Please check with the St. Lucia tourism department or wedding coordinator at your resort for additional information on legal requirements and fees for weddings in St. Lucia. All information below is subject to change without notice.
Necessary Documentation: The bride/groom must bring original copies of the following documents (which must all be in English or translated into English by a legal translator):

  • Official birth certificate
  • A valid, non-expired passport
  • Deed Poll if there has been a name change
  • If under the age of 18, the bride/groom must present evidence of a consent of parents with a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public

TIP: Make two photocopies of each of the documents above and pack in a separate suitcase such as your checked baggage. Make sure to bring any original documents within your carry-on luggage.
Waiting Period: The bride/groom must be in the destination for at least 72 hours prior to the wedding, which must include 3 business days (day of arrival can’t be included).
Divorced/Widowed Travelers: Divorced or widowed parties must provide official copies of the divorce decree or a certified death certificate.

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Destination Weddings in St. Martin

St. Martin is notorious for being one of the most romantic destinations in the Caribbean. Whether you’re planning a destination wedding, honeymoon, anniversary celebration or just want to enjoy a romantic getaway, St. Martin offers such charming adventures and a breath-taking ambiance that will make your trip unforgettable! Nothing beats saying your nuptials next to the sparkling turquoise ocean under the warm gorgeous sun.

Saint Martin Wedding Requirements:

Waiting period: 10 days to register at Office of Civil Registry; waiting period is 3 days
Non residents: special permission must be obtained from the Lt. Governor; a written request must be sent to the office at least two months prior to intended wedding date
Passport, birth certificate and airline tickets
Names, dates and birthplaces of bride and grooms’ .parents must .be on birth certificates. Parents’ places of residence must be submitted to the Office of Civil Registry. Documents must be notarized

Non-resident witnesses must request a temporary tourist permit
Documented parental consent for citizens under age 21
Proof of divorce or death certificate
All documents must be in Dutch or translated and notarized
Divorced women must wait at least 306 days after their divorce is finalized
Fee: US $300

Destination Wedding Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos consist of 40 different islands, only 8 of which are inhabited. The islands of the Turks and Caicos are almost as diverse as its people. From the main tourist center of Providenciales to the quiet and tranquil islands of North and Middle Caicos to the historic Capital Island of Grand Turk; each offers a different experience and a unique character, but all offer great climate, beaches and underwater activities year round.

Home to the “Best Beach in the World,” breathtaking hues from inviting waters, and legendary diving, snorkeling and fishing, the Turks & Caicos Islands beckon you to an undiscovered Caribbean. Travel to the Turks and Caicos is easy and efficient. Just a short flight from the east coast of the US, the islands are a tropical classic, a throwback in time where relaxation is unavoidable and rejuvenation ensured. World class hotels, spas, and restaurants await, as do the famous stretches of un-crowded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. On land or below the water, you’ll relax in the unique serenity, hospitality and the breathtaking beauty of its islands.

Secluded bays and islands where you’ll see more wild donkeys than other travelers. Historic towns and villages that look like something out of a pirate movie, where life creeps along at a sedate pace. While development is on the rise, all one has to do is dig a bit deeper, catch a boat to the next island over and the solace of solitude returns: islands like Grand Turk are set in a time long since past, with dilapidated buildings, salt ponds and narrow lanes, and contrast with the ever-expanding Providenciales, tourist gateway to the Caicos Islands. Divers and beach aficionados will rejoice at the quality of the sea here. Clear warm waters teem with sea life, yet are devoid of crashing waves. Even the most ardent land lubber can’t help but be mesmerized by the azure water and golden sand.

Turks & Caicos Wedding Requirements:

The information below is a general list of requirements to perform a legal wedding ceremony in Turks & Caicos. Please check with the Turks & Caicos tourism department or wedding coordinator at your resort for additional information on legal requirements and fees for weddings in Turks & Caicos. All information below is subject to change without notice.
Necessary Documentation: The bride/groom must bring original copies of the following documents (which must all be in English or translated into English by a legal translator):

  • Official birth certificate
  • A valid, non-expired passport
  • Deed Poll if there has been a name change
  • Evidence of date of arrival to Turks & Caicos (such as a boarding pass or tourist card)
  • Written authorization from the parents/guardians if the bride or groom is under 21 years of age in the form of an affidavit stamped by the Notary Public

TIP: Make two photocopies of each of the documents above and pack in a separate suitcase such as your checked baggage. Make sure to bring any original documents within your carry-on luggage.
Waiting Period: The bride/groom must be in the destination for at least 72 hours prior to the wedding, which must include 3 business days (day of arrival can’t be included).
Divorced/Widowed Travelers: Divorced or widowed parties must provide official copies of the divorce decree or a certified death certificate.

Destination Wedding United States Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands is a vacation paradise. Travel to any of the 3 islands: St Thomas, St John and St Croix and relax in one of the many resorts, hotels, condos or villa rentals. Less is more on St. John. It’s the smallest, quietest, least populated and most secluded of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, where even the residents of neighboring St. Thomas and St. Croix come to get away from it all. That’s not to say there isn’t a excess of tourist-friendly beaches (all 44 are open to the public) and pristine waters – shore excursions run the gamut from snorkeling to eco-hikes.

But much of the development is confined to Cruz Bay, St. John’s only real town. Otherwise, St. John’s unspoiled beauty is its main draw — two-thirds of the island is made up of the Virgin Islands National Park (The Rockefeller family donated the land in 1956.) Nestled within the park are Cinnamon Bay and Maho Bay, each about six miles from town, offering active pursuits in pristine waters. Sailing, snorkeling and diving are top attractions, though kayaking and scuba diving have gained popularity in recent years.

Though the island is only about nine miles long, it takes about an hour to drive from Cruz Bay to the east end along winding roads; St. John rewards those who explore on foot, with its network of hiking trails that lead to historical sites and hidden coves.

USVI wedding Requirements:

Waiting period: 8 days (From receipt of notarized.application. Couple need not be on-island)
Send a letter requesting a marriage license to the Territorial court of the U.S. Virgin Islands in St. Thomas or St. Croix
Proof of divorce
Must make appointment to be married by a judge
Fee: US $50 or US$200 fee to be married in the court by a judge
Payment in money order or cashier’s check

Europe Marriage Requirements

Destination Wedding in Italy – Italy Wedding Requirements:

US citizens planning to marry in Italy must present certain documents and comply with specific requirements of Italian law in order to obtain a marriage license.

The documents required and the procedures to follow are described below. The following list of documents is given as an indication only. The applicable law on marriages is one and the same all over Italy, but City Halls may interpret it in slightly different ways. Therefore in case you would need to provide an additional document, your wedding planner will be in charge to advise you.

Before arriving in Italy:

  • US Passport – Make sure you travel with a Valid US passport (members of US Armed Forces can present their ID card, along with a permission to marry issued by their Commanding officer).
  • Birth Certificate – The original Birth Certificate, with Apostille and translated into Italian should show the names of both parents. Send the original birth certificate to the appropriate office to be authenticated for use in Italy. If born in the United States, you must send the original birth certificate to the office of the Secretary of State of the state in which you were born to receive an “Apostille” stamp, which authenticates official documents for use in Italy.
  • Evidence of termination of any marriage (e.g. final divorce decree, annulment decree or death certificate of former spouse)
  • The certificate of termination of any previous marriage has to be translated and with the Apostille seal. If you will be married in the Roman Catholic Church, bring baptismal and confirmation certificates.
  • If you were married before, bring evidence of termination of the previous marriage, and if you are under age 18, a sworn statement by parents or legal guardian(s).
  • If however any previous divorce, annulment or death has been recorded properly on the Atto Notorio then these documents are no longer necessary.

Any previous marriage of the bride must have been dissolved at least 300 days before the date of the proposed marriage: a woman whose previous marriage was terminated within the last 300 days must obtain a waiver from the Procura della Repubblica presso il Tribunale (District Attorney’s office) at the Palazzo di Giustizia (Courthouse), in the city where the new marriage will be performed. Such waiver is issued upon presentation of medical evidence that the applicant is not pregnant.

Note: All documents originating out of Italy (birth certificate, divorce decree, etc.) must be translated into Italian and authenticated by the nearest Italian Consulate having jurisdiction over the place of issuance in the U.S. before they can have any legal validity before Italian authorities.

Both the original documents and the translations must be legalized for use in Italy, with the so-called Apostille stamp, in accordance with The Hague Convention on the legalization of foreign public documents.

In the US, the Apostille stamp is placed by the Secretary of State in the State where the document was issued. Call the nearest Italian Consulate in the United States, or wherever you may be outside of Italy, to get details on proper methods of translating documents.

Atto Notorio – Before leaving the United States to get married in Italy, it is advisable to obtain an Atto Notorio from the Italian Consulate closest to your current residence.

This is a declaration, in addition to the sworn statement, stating that according to the laws to which the citizen is subject in the United States there is no obstacle to his/her marriage. This declaration is to be sworn to by two witnesses (a witness may be of any nationality, but must be over 18, with current photo ID), before an Italian Consul outside Italy or, in Italy, before a Court official in the city where the marriage is to take place.

If you decide to request the Atto Notorio in Italy you must advise the wedding planner in advance in order to be able to schedule an appointment with the Court since some Courts may have long waiting lists for this service.

The Atto Notorio can be executed at any Tribunale Ordinario in Italy. It requires many revenue stamps (marche da bollo), two witnesses over 18 years of age and an interpreter. You, the witnesses, and the interpreter must show proof of recent entry into Italy, i.e. plane ticket or visa, or a Permit to Stay (permesso di soggiorno).

Once in Italy:

  • Nulla Osta – A declaration (Nulla Osta or Affidavit) is required by Italian law. A Nulla Osta literally states that “there are no impediments, or that one is free to marry, according to the laws of the State of which the citizen is a resident.
  • Your legal status must be such that you can legally marry under Italian and US law. To obtain a Nulla Osta you should visit the Consular Section nearest your wedding destination. The Nulla Osta is valid for three months and costs approximately 50 euros per person.
  • You can download the appropriate Nulla Osta form ahead of time in order to save time. If so, please fill it in but do not sign it ahead of time as it will have to be signed in front of the Consul.
  • Note: Once issued, this affidavit must be stamped by the Legalization Office of any Prefettura in our Consular District (there is one in every province capital).Your wedding planner beside the assistance during your Nulla Osta will also help to legalize your documents for you. Each Nulla Osta requires a revenue stamp of Euro 16. Please note that depending on your wedding location, it may be essential that you also attend this appointment.

Declaration of Intention

  • All the above documents have to be presented to the Wedding Hall in the city where the marriage will be performed, where usually it is required a “Declaration of Intention to Marry” before an Ufficiale di Stato Civile (Civil Registrar).
  • Usually the Declaration takes place 2 or 3 days prior the wedding. Banns are posted only after the Declaration of Intention to Marry has been filed.

Additional Informaton Banns and Marriage Ceremony

  • Civil Banns must be posted at the Town Hall for two consecutive weeks including two Sundays before the marriage can take place. However, banns are automatically waived if neither party to the marriage is an Italian citizen or a resident of Italy.
  • A civil ceremony is performed by the Mayor or one of his deputies. At this time you will need two witnesses and one interpreter to translate your ceremony from Italian into English.
    Civil and Religious Ceremony
  • If a religious ceremony is to be performed by a Catholic priest, a separate civil ceremony will not be needed, as the priest will register the marriage with the civil authorities.
  • The Roman Catholic Church requires documentation besides the documents listed above (such as baptismal and confirmation certificates and letters of freedom). For complete information you should check with your wedding planner.
  • Because of the special Italian requirements applicable to marriages performed by non-Roman Catholic ministers, the latter usually insist on a prior civil ceremony before (not always, can depend on the wedding destination) performing a religious ceremony to ensure the legality of the marriage.
    Passport Amendment

After the marriage is performed, the passport of a US citizen wife may be amended to read in her married name. To that effect, she should visit a US Embassy or Consulate with the Civil Certificate of Marriage issued by the Wedding Hall, along with her passport. There is no charge for this service.

Travel to the United States:

  • A US citizen does not acquire Italian citizenship through marriage to an Italian. An Italian does not become a US citizen through marriage to a US citizen and therefore he/she must have a visa to stay in the United States for more than 90 days.
  • A US citizen who desires to live in the US with a foreign spouse must file a Petition for an Alien Relative with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Once the petition has been approved, INS will transmit the paperwork to the American Consulate in Naples, which will issue an immigrant visa to the foreign spouse. The approval of the petition and the processing of the immigrant visa often takes months.

Document Validity:

Under Italian law, all public documents — regardless of their origin — are considered valid for only six months from the date of issue. Americans are therefore advised to make sure that all documents to be submitted to Italian authorities have not been issued more than six months ahead of the marriage.

Destination Weddings in Great Britain – Great Britain Wedding Requirements:

What types of weddings are possible?

UK law recognizes both civil and religious weddings. Civil ceremonies can take place at a register office or approved venue. Popular religious weddings in the UK include Anglican, Jewish, Quaker, and other types of Christianity, but most types of religious weddings are possible; check with your venue of your choice for details.

The UK also offers civil partnerships for same sex couples, which has similar rights as marriage in terms of benefits and immigration status.

What are the legal requirements to get married in the UK?

You must be at least 16 years old to get married or form a civil partnership in the UK. If you’re under 18 years old in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland you’ll need parental permission. On the day of the marriage, two witnesses must be present.

For non-UK nationals, requirements to enter the UK to get married vary based on the couple’s situation. You may need to apply for a Family of a Settled Person visa or a Marriage or Civil Partnership Visitor visa to enter the country. This government guide to marriages and partnerships has more information on visa requirements.

If both of you are from outside of the UK, you’ll need to obtain a visa to give notice and get married, even if you do not normally require a visa to visit the UK. This process differs slightly from England to Scotland to Northern Ireland, so check with the municipality where you plan to marry.

What do you need to get married in the UK? (Necessary paperwork and documentation)

Once you’re ready to register for your marriage, you’ll need to take the following to the local register office of the district that you intend to get married in:

  • Proof of name (e.g. valid passport)
  • Proof of age (e.g. birth certificate)
  • Proof of nationality (e.g. valid passport, national identity card)
  • Proof of address (e.g. valid driving licence, recent utility bill, etc.)
  • A decree absolute or final order (if applicable)
  • The death certificate of your former partner (if applicable)
  • Entry visa (if applicable)
  • Details of where and when you intend to get married.

The process:

You must give at least 28 days notice at your local register office. This notice will remain public at the office for that 28-day period before your wedding date. The same process applies if either of you are from outside of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, or are subject to immigration control. You can only give notice at a registered office if you have lived in the registration district for at least seven days. This government guide to marriages and civil partnerships has more information on the application process.

What fees are involved?

  • If you need a visa to enter the UK to get married you’ll incur fees. These fees vary by country and by visa. For example, the Marriage and Civil Partnership Visitor visa costs $120 for Americans and A$156 for Australians. This visa fees guide can help you determine what you might have to pay.
  • When you’re ready to give notice about your upcoming nuptials, you each need to pay a £35 fee when you attend the register office. This may be more if you or your partner are from outside the EEA or Switzerland. Your marriage or civil partnership certificate costs £4 on the day of the event or £10 after.

What should I know about wedding ceremonies in the United Kingdom?

Civil marriage and partnership ceremonies can be held at a register office or another approved venue. Religious weddings can take place at a church, chapel, or any other other registered religious building. You may want to view this list of local register offices and this list of approved premises (for civil marriages and civil partnerships) to help you decide where to get married.

Destination Weddings in France – France Marriage Requirements:

What type of weddings are possible?

Civil ceremonies take place at the mairie, or town hall. They’re officiated by the local mayor and conducted in French in a room that’s open to the public. All couples have to have a civil service to become legally married at a mairie before they host religious or other symbolic weddings at another venue.  If you’re having a French wedding, some churches will allow your English-speaking priest to carry out the service.

Symbolic ceremonies like blessings or Humanist weddings are popular alternatives to religious ceremonies. These can be conducted at the venue of your choice.  Same-sex marriage became legal in France in 2013.

What are the legal requirements to get married in France?

Weddings must take place between two consenting people who are at least 18 years old. If you’re coming to France to have a religious or secular ceremony, you must already be legally married in your home country. Civil ceremonies performed in France are internationally recognized and legally binding.

If you marry a French citizen in France and plan to stay and live there, apply for the ‘long stay visitor’ visa. After the marriage, the local municipality will change your visa into a residency card for spouses of French citizens.

What do you need to get married in France? (Necessary paperwork and documentation)

Expect to provide the following for your marriage application:

  • Proof of residency in France for at least 30 days prior to the application, for at least one of the parties.
  • A valid passport for both parties.
  • Original birth certificate for both parties.
  • Certificate of celibacy, stating that you’re not already married.
  • Affidavit of law, stating that you’re free to marry and your marriage will be recognized in your home country.
  • Prenuptial agreement, with a notary’s certificate, if you plan to to have one.
  • Divorce decree, if you were married previously and divorced

The process:

You should contact the mairie of the town where you’ll wed for full details on the marriage application process. In general, the marriage application must be made and received by the local mairie at least 10 days before the wedding date. Original foreign documents may need to be translated into French and be authenticated with an Apostille stamp.

If your marriage application is successful, your civil marriage ceremony must take place at the mairie no less than 10 days and no more than one year after you get authorization to marry.

After your wedding, you’ll be issued a Livret de Famille (official book) that will have your marriage recorded in it. French people often use these books to record other family events later on, such as births and deaths. Apply to the mairie where your ceremony took place to receive your official marriage certificate.

What fees are involved?

To apply for a marriage application for your civil service in France, you should expect to pay around €95.

What should I know about wedding ceremonies in France?

Because of the residency restrictions and other administrative formalities involved in getting legally married in France, most expat couples choose to have a legal wedding in their own country, then come to France for a religious or symbolic wedding, which can be hosted at any venue.

Destination Weddings in Spain – Spain Marriage Requirements:

Marrying in Spain is more complicated than in the United States. Approval of a marriage application often takes as long as 45 days. Policies and procedures vary from region to region. For this reason, the Embassy/Consulate General suggests that American citizens consult with regional authorities early in the process.

In general, legal and valid marriages contracted abroad are also valid in the United States. Should you have any questions about the validity of a marriage performed abroad, you should contact the Attorney General’s Office of your U.S. State where you are domiciled (either the State of last residence or the one which you consider home, where you vote and have a driver’s license). Terminations of marriages require the assistance of attorneys.

Civil Marriages Formalities in Spain:

  • Applications must be made directly to the Civil Registry (Registro Civil) or District Court (Juzgado) where at least one of the applicants resides. This requirement does not imply the celebration of the marriage in the municipality of the given Civil Registry: www.mjusticia.gob.es
  • Application Form: Can be obtained from the Civil Registry/District Court assuming jurisdiction.
  • Birth Certificate: The original document is mandatory. To obtain a birth certificate from your state visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm.
    Apostille: Foreign birth certificates must be legalized to be valid in Spain. The Apostille is an official international seal verifying a document for use outside its country of origin. It is issued by an authorized office in the state where your certificate was issued, NOT by the Spanish or U.S. Consulate. To obtain The Hague Legalization Convention Apostille please visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal-considerations/judicial/authentication-of-documents/apostille-requirements.html. Naturalized citizens should check with the embassy/consulate of their native country for guidance on authentication of birth certificates, as the Apostille is not available in certain countries.
    Translation: Foreign birth certificates must be translated into Spanish by an official translator after you have received it with the Apostille. Visit the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ web site for information on Sworn Translators throughout Spain at: http://www.exteriores.gob.es. Or access this link(PDF 620K) to download a list of translators in the Barcelona area.
  • Proof Both Parties Are Free to Marry (Fe de Soltería): The Fe de Solteria is required by some civil registries. Make sure you inquire at your local registry whether this document is required. No document equivalent to the “Fe de Solteria y Vida” exists in the United States. Spanish authorities will accept a sworn statement from the U.S. citizen affirming that he/she is single and free to marry executed before a U.S. Consular Officer. This document is in Spanish. To obtain one please bring your current U.S. passport. If you are divorced, we suggest that you bring a copy of the divorce decree to complete the affidavit properly.
    Fee: There is a fee of US$ 50.00 (or the equivalent in Euros) for each affidavit and may be done at the same time as items 5 and 6.
    Appointment: An appointment must be booked on-line for this service at our web site:
    Schedule an Appointment for Notarial Services Embassy Madrid
    Schedule an Appointment for Notarial Services S. Consulate General Barcelona
  • Divorce/Annulment/Death Certificates: If you have been married before, you must submit evidence that the relationship has ended. Access the following link for instructions on how to obtain vital records: cdc.gov/. Certified documents originated outside of Spain must be accompanied by an Apostille and Spanish sworn translations. Please see information on Apostille and Translation above.
  • Certificate of Residence: U.S. citizens legally residing in Spain for the prior two years can obtain a certificate of residence at no charge from the Tenencia de Alcaldía in their district of residence (Empadronamiento). U.S. citizens who are temporary residents of Spain or have lived here less than two years may execute an affidavit regarding their place of residence before a consular officer. Please bring your valid U.S. passport. See Appointment and Fee above. This document is in Spanish. Spanish law may permit foreigners who are not Spanish legal residents to marry here. The different autonomous communities in Spain may, however, interpret this law differently and may be required that one of the parties be a citizen or resident of Spain.
  • Posting of Banns: Banns are the public announcement that a couple plans to marry, giving any knowledgeable citizen an opportunity to object. If required, U.S. citizens can execute an affidavit at the U.S. Embassy Madrid or Consulate General Barcelona. Bring your valid U.S. passport. See Appointment and Fee above. This document is in Spanish.
  • Once you execute the affidavit(s) before a Consular Officer, you are required to legalize the Officer’s signature through the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Madrid:

Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación (MAEC)- Sección de Legalizaciones
Calle Pechuán, 1, 28002 Madrid
Email: legalizaciones@maec.es
Web: MAEC Appointments

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