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  in B arbados
 
 Marriages Made in Paradise!
Just Beyond Your Imagination 
 

Imagine sleeping under the stars.
Lulled into dreams by the melody of chirping crickets 
in a tropical night,
the wind in the trees, blowing through the open shutters.
Dining in the sunset terrace or under a silver moon,
lulled into romance with calypso, jazz and reggae,  
saxophone and drum.
Music beating with your heart

For couples who want to get married  on their honeymoon    ...  in Barbados ,
A perfect place to combine an island wedding with a romantic honeymoon escape. 
A Wedding made in Paradise.
 Whether love has inspired you to consider this unforgettable island wedding,
or to renew your vows, to celebrate an anniversary, to bring a partner or find one,
the time has come to discover the joy of Barbados.
 

fond dream honeymoon destination, Barbados’ romantic atmosphere, many idyllic settings and variety in ceremonies makes it a primary wedding choice as well.  Barbados has along tradition of hosting newlyweds. The island can provide all the necessary ingredients to ensure the intimate sojourn you'll always remember with great pleasure. There is no shortage of wedding coordinators on the island, with select hotels providing an on-staff wedding planner or service to assist with the details. Whether it's a traditional ceremony in an old country church, on a serene beach at sunset, or an intimate gathering on the deck at a yacht under a star glittered sky .... choices of romantic settings abound in Barbados. 

There are elegant Great House mansions replete with exquisite antique decor, magnificently furnished and spacious beachside villas, on-property romantic hotel settings, and simple rolled up pants-legs beach weddings.

etting married is an extremely personal rite of passage in life. Most people have certain needs and wishes very specific to their wedding. 

Perfectly Romantic

With Barbados’ variety in venues and settings, along with nearly 70 recognised religions on the island offering a bevy of services that allow you make your choice of wedding settings.

Who could resist taking their vows on a white sandy beach in a tropical paradise, with palm trees swaying to the warm gentle breeze? Famous for its wonderful lush vegetation and its white powder beaches, a wedding ceremony in Barbados is the perfect start to your lives together.

The temperature of the water here is just a few degrees below body, perfect for an après wedding swim, should you be so inclined!

With a rich cultural heritage and a variety of sightseeing attractions, Barbados captures the heart of everyone who visits here.  The friendliness and warmth of the Bajans is legendary and this combined with the constant tropical climate, the white sandy beaches and the lush golden landscape makes Barbados the perfect choice for your special day.

  If you're looking for that perfect place to have your ceremony, you've come to the right place! Barbados has some of the most gorgeous and romantic locations from a wedding, from the Flower Forest's natural beauty, to the Crane Beach Hotel's breathtaking cliff-side view, the range of locations in Barbados is simply spectacular.

Barbados has always been a favored honeymoon destination, and now it is fast becoming one of the Caribbean’s premier wedding venues also. Aside from the island’s abundant natural beauty, one reason Barbados enjoys an active wedding industry is the creativity and reliability of our local wedding consultants.

 

While weddings are wonderful, the planning can be stressful for the couple especially when trying to organize the event from afar. To help eliminate the difficulty of planning your wedding from abroad, Barbados has a number of well qualified consultants to handle all of your wedding needs, whether it is a simple seaside wedding at your hotel, or an elaborate off-property event.

 

Our wedding planners offer a number of all-inclusive package choices as well as highly personalized services to suit your wedding needs. The expertise and the variety of services and resources our consultants offer ensures you get the exotically romantic wedding of your dreams.

We can arrange a Barbados wedding planer to help create the perfect the experience.

It is very easy to get married in Barbados ..  
 
there is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay.  
 
Application for a marriage license must be made by both parties in person 
at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
 
 
Documents Required :
  • Valid Passports or the original or certified copies of birth certificates.
  • If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgement.
  • If either party was previously married and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse.
  • Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • Fees: if neither party is a citizen or resident of Barbados - BDS $150.00 cash and a $25.00 stamp

 
Wedding Packages Start At Just US$435.00 Per Couple and Include:
A personal Wedding Coordinator to arrange all details of your service
All fees for the Barbados Marriage License
The service of a registered Barbadian Minister to perform the ceremony
Transportation between hotel or harbor and the Registry Office to obtain your Marriage License
   
Deluxe Package at US$685.00 includes all of the above plus:
Tropical Bouquet and Boutonniere
Decorated Wedding Cake
Select Location Charges
Bottle of Champagne
   
Or create your own package with our full range of available services:
Tropical Bouquets and Boutonnieres
Personalized Wedding Cakes
Professional Photographic Services
Champagne Service
Sunset Service on the beach
Private Villa Rentals

   Sample packages and offers that can be arranged at certain hotels

The Ultimate Wedding Package below is
FREE
if the party, including Bride and Groom, book 3 rooms for a minimum of 14 nights 
or 6 rooms for a minimum of 7 nights.

Ultimate Wedding Package -  from  USD $515 .00  per couple

  • Decorate the location of your choice
  • Arrange and pay for marriage license and registration of marriage
  • Organize and pay for services of Magistrate/Priest/Minister
  • Organize and pay for local transport to/from authorities
  • Arrange and pay for a salon hairstyling session for the Bride
  • Supply Brides bouquet & Grooms buttonhole
  • Supply services of Best Man, Maid of Honour and/or Witnesses if required
  • Supply 1 bottle of French champagne for the wedding ceremony
  • Supply a fruit wedding cake
  • Serve a champagne breakfast in your room the morning after the wedding
  • Stage a candlelight gala dinner with wine on the evening of your choice
  • Complimentary room upgrade subject to availability at the time of arrival
  • Present you with a personal gift on your departure

The Ultimate Wedding Package is 
FREE
 
if the party, including Bride and Groom, book 3 rooms for a minimum of 14 nights 
or 6 rooms for a minimum of 7 nights.

Honeymoon Package -  from  USD$210 .00  per couple

The Honeymoon Package is 
FREE
 
if  Bride and Groom, book an Oceanview room category or higher for a minimum of 7 nights 

  • Decorate your room with a fresh tropical flower arrangement on arrival
  • A bottle of sparkling wine on ice in your room on arrival
  • A special champagne breakfast will be served on your balcony or patio the morning after your arrival
  • We stage a romantic candlelit dinner for two at Sasso (Tamarind Cove) or The Orchid Room (Colony Club) on the evening of your choice.
  • Arrange and pay for a photographer to capture the special romantic occasion of your celebration dinner
  • Present you with a special gift on your departure

The Honeymoon Package is 
FREE

 if  Bride and Groom, book an Oceanview room category or higher for a minimum of 7 nights 

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The Legal Regulations

THE LEGAL DEAL & OFFICIAL STUFF
It’s easy to get married in Barbados once you bring the correct documents with you, as well as a breath of patience for the snail’s pace and sometimes confusing processing. Regulations are fairly clear-cut and do not require reams of paperwork.

THE APPLICATION
Applying for the marriage license is made at the island’s Ministry of Home Affairs (246-228-8950), located on the fifth floor of the General Post Office in Cheapside, just on the outskirts of Bridgetown. You enter this building on the Bridgetown side.
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. You must also present a letter from the officiant that will be conducting the ceremony. This will be either a religious official, or for civil weddings, a magistrate, whose letter will come through his or her district court.

THE CIVIL CEREMONY LETTER
In the case of a civil wedding you will need to go to the district court of the parish you are getting married in to obtain the letter of intention of marriage to present to the Ministry of Home Affairs. There may be a fee depending on which magistrate you select to conduct the ceremony. Once you have applied for the marriage license at the Ministry of Home Affairs, you will need to return to the district court to register the marriage. Again, depending on the magistrate you obtain, there may be a marriage fee of BDS $150 (US $ 75) along with a BDS $25 stamp duty.

THE BOOK & WEDDING
Weddings can be conducted virtually anywhere in Barbados. Limitations on venues exist purely on personal choice by the couple and or the officiant conducting the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony a large book will appear, seemingly from nowhere, and it is in this voluminous album that your marriage will be officially recorded.

WHERE’S MY MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?
The wedding over, all that is left is to get your marriage certificate. This is obtained from the Registry Department, whose office is temporarily located at 33 Roebuck Street in Bridgetown. The official location is in Coleridge Street, Bridgetown (246-426-3461). The priest or magistrate who conducted the wedding files the information (taken from the large book) with the Registry and once it is recorded, you can apply to that department for your certificate. There is a nominal fee and a few days’ wait before the certificate is ready. If you are leaving the island before the document is ready, the Registry Department can forward your marriage certificate to your home upon your request. If you leave Barbados before the marriage has been recorded with the Registry, then you can simply write to The Registrar of the Supreme Court, Coleridge Street, Bridgetown, to request your marriage certificate. 

RELIGIOUS
Barbados has some 70 religions, embracing all elements of faith from Roman Catholic, Anglican and Jewish to Baha’i, Seventh Day Adventist and Pentecostal.
If you are planning a religious ceremony, you should contact the church of your choice to arrange for an official to minister the proceedings and if you also wish to be married in a house of religion. Many of the churches here will happily accommodate visitors in their wish to have a religious ceremony and can advise couples on appropriate religious venues within their faith.
Many churches often request fees or ‘offerings’ for officiating and/or use of facilities. Some churches and individual ministers may also request a period of counseling beforehand as well.

CIVIL
There is only one way to have a civil wedding in Barbados and that is through the Magistrate’s Court. Barbados operates under a primarily British system of officialdom and therefore, Justices of the Peace do not have the power to conduct weddings in Barbados. Only a Magistrate is empowered with that privilege.
The first thing you must do to arrange for a civil ceremony is establish which parish you wish to be married in. From there you contact the Magistrate’s Court of that parish to find out if there are any available magistrates operating from that parish.
You could wind up with a magistrate from another parish, in which case there is a bit more red tape involved, along with a few additional fees. But many magistrates are very accommodating and will happily oblige couples with their specific ceremonial requests. The actual part the magistrate plays is less than ten minutes long, so you have some latitude in planning your ceremony.
Most magistrates will not conduct a civil service after 6 pm in Barbados. So if you are planning a sunset wedding, you either need to ensure you are pronounced by 6 pm or, find a magistrate who will pronounce after that time. The official ‘curfew’ on marriages in Barbados, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, is 9 pm. However, magistrates are not obliged to carry out any duties beyond 6 pm. And while many magistrates are of the belief that a marriage conducted after 6 pm is not legal, this information is incorrect. So for couples planning a sunset affair, feel confident your ceremony is legal in the eyes of Barbados law.

 

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