Weddings in Barbados

How & where to get married

One of the most popular Caribbean islands, Barbados is quite simply is a stunning destination for your wedding.

Barbados is a fusion of West Indian and English cultures with sophisticated resorts, great beaches and consistent great weather.

Overview

Top reasons to get married in the Barbados

Why choose the Barbados for your wedding?

  • Lively
    There is a glitzier, more cosmopolitan feel to Barbados than most other Caribbean islands.
  • No residence requirements
    Legally it is simple to have a wedding in Barbados.
  • Locations
    Ceremonies can be performed anywhere, including resort hotels, beach side restaurants, cliff tops & on the beach.
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Overview

The beautiful lush tropical location of Barbados provides great opportunities and locations for you to create a spectacular wedding.

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Beach & hotel weddings in Barbados are most popular. Barbados weddings can be conducted virtually anywhere. Limitations on venues to get married in Barbados exist purely on personal choice by the couple and or the marriage official conducting the Barbados marriage ceremony.

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Barbados is a beautiful coral island with all white sand beaches. There is a glitzier, more cosmopolitan feel to Barbados than most other Caribbean islands, plus it boasts some of the Caribbean's best hotels, resorts & facilities for weddings in the Caribbean. Although Barbados is steeped in tradition and history, it is a fun loving island with breathtaking scenery and tropical splendor. Coral shores and beaches of fine white sand stretching along a blue green sea and provide fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving with rainbow coloured tropical fish.

Barbados has both calm and raging seas. Calm on the West where the tranquil Caribbean sea laps along the sandy shores, and rugged on the East coast where a lively surf, blown briskly by the strong and constant trade winds, rage against a rocky shores.

There are no visa requirements for European and North American citizens for a stay up to 3 months. You will require only your passport and a return ticket upon arrival in Barbados. Legally it is relatively simple to have a wedding in Barbados. There are no residence requirements needed though you do have to apply in person for a marriage licence.

Often it is wise to use a professional wedding company to arrange your wedding but you can do most of the arrangements yourself.

More and more couples are now taking advantage to get married on a stop off from a Caribbean cruise, or getting married as they holiday on the island. There are many places to choose from - including resort hotels, beach side restaurants, cliff tops & more. Beach weddings are very popular. Most couples comming to marry in Barbados choose a specialist tour operator with a wedding package. But you can arrange the wedding yourself with the help of local companies or the resort you intend to stay - often for a lot less.

Legal requirements for getting married in Barbados

It is very easy to get married in Barbados - there is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay.You will have to arrange some paperwork before the wedding at home. Basically you have to prove you are who you say you are plus formal proof that you are single and free to marry in Barbados is required.

Divorcees should also provide proof that they are not still married. If you are a widow/widower proof is also required.

When in Barbados you will require:

You must bring your passport or birth certificate with picture ID as proof of identity.

If you have been married before, you will need the original or a certified copy of your divorce decree (known locally as the decree absolute) to confirm any prior divorces.

Widowers will need both a Certificate of Marriage and Death Certificate.

If you are coming from a non-English speaking country, the documents must have certified translations by a notarian lawyer in your country on headed paper of the lawyer.

If you are aged under 18 years parental consent in the form of Statutory Declaration stamped and signed by a solicitor/lawyer is essential.

If your name has been changed by Deed Poll legal proof, stamped and signed by a solicitor/lawyer is required. This also applies if a married woman has reverted back to her maiden name.

If you are adopted the adoption certificate must be produced.

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  • My husband Nick and I married in Barbados. The whole day was completely stress free and a great occasion. My family and closest friends came out with us and made sure we had a great holiday as well as a great wedding. The islands in Barbados are simply beautiful, perfect location for a wedding.- Ally & Nick, wed in Barbados Feb 2013