You’ve fallen in love with The One and are now thinking about having the best kind of wedding ever: a Bahamas wedding. Getting married is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime thing and nothing will make your special moment more perfect than a romantic wedding in paradise. Of course, you’ll need to know quite a bit of information and take care of certain details to make your dream come true. To get you started on the road to your happily-ever-after, below is a quick guide on what you need to know about having a wedding in the Bahamas.
Bahamas Wedding Requirements:
- Like in any other place around the world, you’ll need a marriage license. Whether you’re having your wedding in one of the Bahamas resorts or have gotten one of the Bahamas wedding packages, you’ll still need to do the application in person. You and your soon-to-be spouse need to be on the island at the time of your application. In addition, you’ll need to have stayed in the Bahamas for at least a day before applying for a license. Once you’ve got it, you can proceed to planning your wedding in the Bahamas.
- Aside from the license, you and your fiance will also need to prove your civil status and availability for marriage. Single people will need to acquire a single status affidavit sworn before a US Consul at the American Embassy (for US citizens). Those belonging to other countries may acquire the same affidavit from the notary public. If you are divorced or widowed, you will need to provide documentation that your spouse has officially divorced you or is officially dead.
- You will also need to provide proof that you are who you say you are as well as evidence of your arrival on the islands. To kill two birds with one stone, just provide your passport. It will have proof of your citizenship including a photo and a stamp showing the date you arrived.
- As in all things in life, there is a price, or in this case prices, to pay. The license fee is $100 and a certified copy of the marriage certificate is $20. The person who will be officiating the marriage will also have a fee, somewhere around $150 to $200. For rehearsals, the officiant will cost you around $50 an hour.
Bahamas Wedding Packages:
Once you’ve finished with the Bahamas government’s requirements, the next step would be to find out what and where you would like your wedding to be. Most Bahamas resorts are able to accommodate any type of wedding and would even have packages that you can choose from. If you want to make things easier for you, there are also quite a lot of wedding planners on the island who will be able to custom-design a wedding package that fulfills your dreams and won’t empty out your wallet.
While planning all the details for your Bahamas wedding can be challenging (as most weddings tend to be), be sure to never forget that, at the end of it all, you’ll finally be starting your journey together; one that will last for the rest of your life.