Each island in the Caribbean has their own set of legal marriage requirements. For example, in the Dominican Republic, all paperwork must be translated into Spanish and in the French West Indies, either the bride or groom must be a legal resident for 30 days. This is the single most important fact when planning a Destination Wedding and should be the first item a bride or groom investigates before any other planning begins.
This is also one of the most mis-quoted areas in the Destination Wedding industry. There are dozens of incorrect statements regarding the legal marriage requirements in the Caribbean available on the Internet. I know because this is something I constantly research on behalf of my clients.
The BEST and most accurate source are the Tourist Boards of the Caribbean. Each island maintains a website with destination info, entry requirements, AND wedding information. Sometimes, the wedding info can be hard to find and if so, just ask. I’d be happy to help.
Last week, I compiled a list of Tourist Board websites for my Caribbean Travel Blog. Go here to explore the island or islands you are considering. Please feel free to contact me if you are looking for a Destination Wedding Planner for your Caribbean Wedding!