Wedding in Barbados
No minimum waiting period.
Application for the license must be made in person by both
parties at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs (246-228-8950), on the
fifth floor of the General Post Office in Cheapside, on the outskirts of Bridgetown.
a) Valid passports or original or certified copies of birth
b) In the event of a past divorce, an original absolute decree or a certified
copy of the final judgment.
c) If a previous spouse died, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate
and Death Certificate.
d) Any documents not in English must have a certified translation.
a) For a civil wedding you
will need to go to the district court of the parish where you wish to be married
and obtain the letter of intention of marriage to present to the Ministry
of Home Affairs.
b) After applying for the marriage license at the Ministry of
Home Affairs, you must return to the district court to register the marriage.
c) Fees for the magistrate performing the ceremony are about
BDS $100 (US $50) along with a BDS $25 stamp duty
d) Marriage curfew: Most magistrates will not conduct a ceremony
after 6 p.m., which means sunset weddings require careful timing. The official
‘curfew' on marriages, however, is 9 p.m.
e) For a religious ceremony, contact the appropriate church.
Some churches request ‘offerings' for officiating and/or use of facilities.
Some churches or ministers may require pre-marital counseling.
f) To obtain a marriage certificate: Your magistrate priest
or minister files the information with the Registry Department. It will take
several days after filing for the certificate to be prepared. The Registry
Department can forward your marriage certificate to your home upon your request.
Or you can request it from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, Coleridge St.,
Bridgetown, Barbados, BWI.
g) Fee for the certificate for non-residents is BDS $150 and a $25 stamp duty.
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