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see what visitors are saying about getting married in Antigua
and more people are getting married while on vacation, and it's
now easy to do in Antigua and Barbuda. Even cruise ship visitors
can now get married. There are three simple steps: Visit
the Ministry of Justice located on lower Nevis Street in downtown St.
John's with your valid passports, complete the application
and pay applicable fees.
Confirm a date and time for the ceremony with
a Marriage Officer, and
Get married - Congratulations!!
What are the fees?
First, there is a registration fee of US$40 that must be paid
at the courthouse in the new government buildings on Queen
Elizabeth Highway. The application fee for the special marriage
license is US$150, and the Marriage Officer's fee is US$50.
How about documents? What do we need?
You both will need valid passports as proof of citizenship.
If either of you have been previously married, then bring along
the original divorce decree or, in the case of a widow or widower,
the original marriage and death certificates.
For a copy of the marriage license application, please click
here for the pdf form.
Are there any other legal requirements?
Both parties must be over 15, if under 18, written authorization
from your parents or guardians is required. It is important that
all documents presented are original or certified original by the
issuing departments or offices. Ensure that all documents are in
your legal name, and provide affidavits in cases where you are
known by another name. Your marriage must also be solemnized or
celebrated in the presence of two or more witnesses, apart from
the Marriage Officer. (Just ask a guest or two to do this for you).
Is the marriage ceremony legal?
Of course, it is both legal and binding. Additionally, consent
must be expressed by both parties to accept each other as husband
Can I be married in a church?
Yes, but it requires the permission from the church authorities
where you wish to be married. Have your pastor contact the church
to establish the requirements. Some churches ask that the couple
attend pre-nuptial consultations. Allow some extra time if planning
a church ceremony.
Where can I get a list of churches in Antigua?
Contact the Antigua
and Barbuda Department of Tourism for a list of churches
on the island.
Can my hotel assist with the arrangements?
Certainly, as most hotels in Antigua and Barbuda offer wedding
and honeymoon packages. Check with your travel agent or the Antigua
and Barbuda Department of Tourism for more information.
The Ministry of Legal Affairs is open Monday
to Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm and on Fridays from 8:00am to
3:00pm. Flights which arrive into Antigua after 3:00pm will
not permit couples to get to the Ministry of Justice in time
to apply for the Special Marriage License. In such cases, the
couple can arrange for the marriage to take place either the
next day after completing the application process, or, on any
available day thereafter.
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CELEBRITY WEDDING FEATURES ALL OF THE DESTINATION'S ROMANTIC ASSETS
(St. John's, Antigua, May 24, 2007) As Antigua and Barbuda continues to celebrate June as the Month of Romance, love was in the air at the Hermitage Bay Hotel, the site of this year's Celebrity Destination Wedding.
Melissa Saint-Cyr and Derrick Ward, winners of this year's Destination Wedding Sweepstakes, exchanged nuptials on the island's southwest coast, at a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and other key stakeholders.
Celebrity couple and award winning R & B performers, Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore, guests of honor at this intimate ceremony, serenaded the couple and guests with a live performance of a Love Ballad against the backdrop of a majestic sunset view, at one of Antigua and Barbuda's newest upscale properties.
The Lattimore's were married five years ago in a similar romantic setting at a Destination Wedding in Jamaica and commented that they "felt honored to be a part of such an important event that symbolized unity between couples, families and the community."
Demonstrating the destination's commitment to this promotion, Minister of Tourism, Harold Lovell was one of the witnesses and signatories on the couple's marriage certificate. Ms. Skepple was the officiating marriage officer and prayers of thanksgiving were offered by Rev. Carlsen Christie.
As the gentle waves lapped the shoreline, flower girls from Verity Dance group, created an exotic pathway of fresh petals as the bride made her processional down the aisle to the sounds of local jazz musician Foster Joseph.
At sundown, the couple was whisked away in a horse and carriage provided by Stella of Bolans.
The romantic shore side event was a fan fare of baby pink and tropical flowers.. The wedding gown was provided by Demetrios Brides and wedding bands provided by Colombian Emeralds. The wedding exuded the true flavors of the destination as most of the resources were donated by local providers: Photography by Photo Fantasy, Flowers by Exotic Flowers, Hair and Make-up by Mingles and wedding cake by Lisa's Creations.
The wedding was attended by tourism officials, stakeholders and sponsors and was carried live on local television station ABS.
Derede Samuel Whitlock, Director of Tourism for the United States, indicated that " the wedding was very special and everyone present could feel the love that this twin island destination has to offer. We expect that with the celebrity involvement that the event will provide significant media exposure for the destination and help to position us as the 'Romance Capital' of the Caribbean."
On the eve of the Celebrity Wedding, the Ministry of Tourism hosted a cocktail reception at the Copper and Lumber Store, to honor both the wedding couple and the celebrity couple. At the event, a Diamond Hunt Contest that features Nelson's Dockyard as one of the most romantic sites in Antigua and Barbuda was also launched as part of the Romance promotions. The Diamond Hunt is being hosted at www.antiguabarbudaevents.com and will run through the end of October.
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