Weddings

There are no minimum residency requirements to get married; however, both parties need to obtain the marriage license in person from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Level 5, General Post Office Building, Cheapside, Bridgetown; 246/228–8950; weekdays, 8:30-3:45). You have to present valid passports and the original or certified copies of your birth certificates. If either person was divorced or widowed, a certified copy of the divorce decree or other appropriate paperwork is also required. All wedding arrangements must be made with a magistrate or marriage officer (e.g., minister) prior to applying for the license, with a letter from the marriage officer who has consented to perform the ceremony presented with the application. The marriage license fee is Bds$200 plus a Bds$25 stamp. For a civil marriage ceremony at the court, a separate fee of Bds$200 is payable to the court; for an alternative venue, Bds$350. A marriage certificate costs Bds$20. All fees must be paid in cash.

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