"What You Need To Know Before You Wed in Barbados"
The Barbados wedding requirements for
couples planning on getting
married in Barbados are really simple and straightforward,
makes Barbados a great destination to choose if you are wish to get
married in the Caribbean. You can get married pretty much
on the island, giving you a
wide choice of venues to choose
from and you can get married almost immediately.
Is There An Age Restriction For
Getting Married in Barbados?
Even though this island welcomes
engaged couples and those looking to wed in this Caribbean island, the
legal marriage requirements in Barbados require that both parties are over the age of
16. Also if either of you are under the age of 18,
then you must have parental
consent with both parents being present at the time of
applying for the wedding license in Barbados.
How Do I Obtain a Barbados Marriage
It is necessary to obtain a marriage
license in order to get married in Barbados, but this is very easy to
licenses are issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs,
which is found on the fifth floor of the General Post Office in
Cheapside, just on the outskirts of Bridgetown. In order to obtain this
Barbados marriage license you must apply for one, which can be done
Monday to Friday, between 8:30am and 3:30pm. The office is closed
during the weekends and on public holidays.
If you chose a wedding
package in Barbados or the services of a Barbados wedding planner you will be
guided through this process and are often provided with complimentary
private roundtrip transfer to and from the licensing office.
What Documents Do I Require To Obtain
A Barbados Marriage License?
this is the first time both of you are getting married then in order to
obtain a marriage license the only documents you will need to
present are your valid
passport and birth certificate in person, with photographic ID.
If you do not have original copies of your birth certificate
certified photo copies will do to fulfill these Barbados wedding requirements.
However if either of you
have been married before a copy of your decree absolute is
necessary and for those who have been widowed your previous marriage certificate
and the death
certificate of your former spouse is also required.
If one of you happens to be adopted
your adoption certificate
must be presented.
documents should all be in English but if not you will need to present
translations of them which have been certified by a Notary Public.
If either of you have changed your
name by Deed Poll,
you will need to provide a copy of this as well, and finally, you will
need a letter from the
celebrant who will be performing the ceremony.
This should be a religious official or magistrate.
the application process each party will need to provide all of their
personal details such as name, home address, date of birth and
If you are having a civil wedding ceremony, the letter
from the magistrate must be obtained from the district court of the
parish in which you are to be married, which is where you will need to
return after the wedding license has been issued in order for the
marriage to be registered.
on to what is very important aspect of the Barbados wedding
requirements which I'm sure you are curious about, the cost!......
How Much Will a Barbados Marriage
Well guess what!..It really doesn't cost that much to get married in
Barbados as the license fee is low and it is often already included in
your Barbados wedding package.
If both of you are non-Barbadian
residents / non-citizen then the marriage fee is a total of BDS$225 / approx. USD$113 ( BDS$200
plus stamp duty of BDS$25).
However if either of you is a
Barbadian citizen or resident of Barbados the marriage fee is a total
of BDS$55 / approx USD$28 (BDS$45 plus stamp duty of
fee must be paid in cash.
How Long Will I Have To Wait Before
Getting Married in Barbados?
Once you have been issued a marriage license the Barbados wedding
requirements allow to you to get married right away...There is no
legal requirement to wait
and your marriage ceremony can go ahead as soon as the couple wishes.
What Are The Barbados Wedding
Requirements For A Traditional Church Wedding?
A religious ceremony in Barbados
requires a few extra documents to fulfill the
Barbados wedding requirements for your specific religion.
Here is the additional paper work you will need to
provide for an Anglican and Roman Catholic wedding in Barbados.
Wedding Requirements For An Anglican
Anglican services, this will include baptism certificates, a letter
from your pastor or vicar is needed to show that you have undergone
pre-marital counselling. In the case of those who have been divorced, a
copy of the divorce pleadings is mandatory.
Wedding Requirements For A Roman
Catholic Barbados Wedding
you are planning a Roman Catholic ceremony, you must provide...
Pre-Marital Enquiry which has been signed by both the bride and groom
• Baptismal certificates issued within the previous six months stating
that both parties are free to marry
• A statement of Freedom to Marry
signed by the bride and groom's parish priest
• A certificate of
participation in a pre-marriage programme
• A dispensation from the
Bishop of the Diocese in the case of a mixed marriage
• A death
certificate or declaration of nullity if either party has been
• Testimonial letters from the Bishop and a record of
When Will I Receive My Barbados
few days after the wedding, you will be able to obtain your marriage
certificate from the Registry Department in Bridgetown. The officiate
who performs your ceremony will file your information there after the
wedding, and your certificate will then be prepared by the department
ready for your collection.
There is a small
fee for the marriage certificate to be issued and is also dependent on
your citizenship. If neither of you is a citizen of Barbados
fee of BDS$20
is required for the marriage certificate. However if one of
you is a Barbadian citizen the fee is only BDS$10.
The Registry Department is open
from Monday to Friday, with applications for marriage certificates
accepted between 8.30am and 3.30pm. Don't worry if you are going to be
leaving Barbados before the certificate is ready since it can easily be
sent to your home address upon request.
If it is easier for you, you can also complete and mail in the application forms to the Registry Department. Just include a Money Order for the processing fee, made out to "The Registrar of The Supreme Court" and a self addressed envelope with return postage and mail it to the following address:
The Registrar of the Supreme Court
Can I Get A Wedding Planner in
Barbados To Take Care Of These Barbados Wedding Requirements For Me?
worry if all of this seems like a lot to think about, when you are
planning the most important day in your life! Your hotel, tour
operator, or a professional Barbados wedding planner will be able to
help you organise all of the relevant paperwork and will help you
ensure that you fulfill all of these necessary Barbados wedding
So start making arrangements and lets ensure your wedding day runs
and without a hitch!