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
Confirm a date and time for the ceremony with a Marriage Officer, and
...Get married - Congratulations!!
More and more people are getting married while on vacation, and it's
now easy to splice the knot in Antigua and Barbuda.
What are the fees?
First, there is a registration fee of (check current) that must be paid at the
courthouse at the corner of High and Temple Streets. The application fee
for the special marriage license is (check current), and the Marriage Officer's fee
is (check current).
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
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 and wife.
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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.
Recording the Event:
Anyone planning a wedding on Antigua will undoubtedly want
photographs and/or a video of the happy event. Your hotel will undoubtedly
arrange this for you. Make sure, however, that you are aware of the video
standards difference between The UK and the Caribbean. All (I think!) Caribbean
Islands use the NTSC ( regarded so badly in England among technicians that they
use the Abbreviation as "Never the same colour") We in England are on the PAL
system which is incompatible with NTSC, so many people arriving back from Honeymoon find
that they cannot replay their tape without having it converted, adding to the
cost and subtracting quality in the process. A useful alternative would either
film yourself or ask for the cameraman to use your equipment ( most tourists now
have digital equipment likely to be of better than local quality), or ask for
the original source tape and have it edited here.
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
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