CELEBRATING YOUR SPECIAL DAY IN THE CARIBBEAN

How you choose to celebrate your wedding day, ultimately is a reflection of yourself and your partners relationship, how you view yourselves, your values and your traditions. Choosing to locate your wedding in the Caribbean, will allow you to share your vows in a picturesque location with weather that is guaranteed to be perfect, scenery that is guaranteed to be exquisite, and memories that are guaranteed to be unique.

As a general rule, island weddings can prove very cost effective in comparison to ‘stay-at-home’ weddings. Many resorts and villas charge only a minimal fee to turn their beautiful properties into idyllic receptions, and ceremonies are easily conducted on the beach. Combining your wedding with a group vacation, and negotiating a ‘block-discount’ with your villa specialist of choice, can prove an ideal way of combining two highly anticipated events.

There are many highly experienced luxury wedding co-ordinators throughout each of these beautiful islands, who can be utilised alongside your villa specialist to craft and plan your dream day. Every specification can usually be catered to, from the photographer to the florist, the caterer to the reception co-ordinator, each of your bespoke requirements can be handled in the most professional manner. Handpicked Villas would be delighted to suggest our personal recommendations of the most efficient Wedding Planners, so please do not hesitate in getting in touch.

We’ve compiled a basic overview of all the need-to-know information for getting married in the Caribbean. The below information is just a guideline, and it is best to co-ordinate with your on-island wedding planner for the exact details, but the below tables are a great way to get an overview of each destination.

Island Name Barbados
Legal Documents Required Valid Passport, Orginal Birth Certificate, Airline Tickets
Minimum Length Of Stay N/A
Wedding License Both parties must apply for a marriage license in person.
Wedding License Fee (approx). US$100 Registration Fee (Cash), US$12.50 Stamp
Where To Apply Ministry of Home Affairs, Jones & Spencer Building, Webster Industrial Park
Contact Number (246) 621 0277
Application Hours Monday-Friday (8:30am-3:30pm)
Other Requirements If divorced/widowed, the orginal divorce decree or wedding certificate/death certificate.

Parental consent if either party is under 18.

If either party is adopted, the adoption certificate must be produced

Wedding Planners Contact Handpicked Villas for our personal recommendations.
Island Name St Lucia
Legal Documents Required Valid Passport, Birth Certificate
Minimum Length Of Stay 2 Working Days
Wedding License Application must be made by a local solicitor to the Attorney General.
Wedding License Fee (approx). US$125 Regular Fee For A Marriage License
Where To Apply The Registry of Civil Status Office, Peynier Street, Castries
Contact Number (758) 468-3195
Application Hours Weddings must take place between Sunrise and Sunset.
Other Requirements If divorced/widowed, the orginal divorce decree or wedding certificate/death certificate.

Parental consent if either party is under 18.
Wedding Planners http://www.tropicisleweddings.com/
Island Name Antigua
Legal Documents Required Valid Passport, Completed Application Form
Minimum Length Of Stay N/A
Wedding License Both parties must apply for a marriage license in person.
Wedding License Fee (approx). US$40 Registration Fee

US$150 Special Marriage License

US$50 Marriage Officers Fee

Where To Apply Ministry of Justice, Lower Nevis Street, St Johns
Contact Number (248) 462 3744
Application Hours Monday-Thursday (8:30am-4:30pm)

Friday (8:00am-3:00pm)

Other Requirements If divorced/widowed, the orginal divorce decree or wedding certificate/death certificate.

Parental consent if either party is under 18.

At least two witnesses to the marriage.

Wedding Planners http://www.eventsmanagementantigua.com/
Island Name Grenada
Legal Documents Required Proof of Non-Marriage, Valid Passport, Birth Certificate
Minimum Length Of Stay 3 Days (Takes 2 Days To Process)
Wedding License Both parties must apply for a marriage license in person.
Wedding License Fee (approx). EC$100 Marriage License
Where To Apply The Registrars Office, Botanical Gardens, St George’s, Grenada
Contact Number (473) 330 2649
Application Hours Monday – Friday (10:00am-2:00pm)
Other Requirements If divorced/widowed, the orginal divorce decree or wedding certificate/death certificate.

Parental consent if either party is under 21.
Wedding Planners http://www.islandbrides.com/destination/Grenada/requirements/16/

Our Handpicked Recommendation 
For those couples who are looking to locate their nuptials on the glistening sands of Barbados, we can personally recommend the exquisite, patisserie skills of Flindt. Located in the thriving Holetown, on the West Coast of Barbados, this beautiful bistro is a firm favourite of many of the Handpicked team on our visits to the shores of Barbados.
Alongside their delicious dining menus, Flindt boasts a substantial wedding cake repertoire, with flexibility to accommodate the couple’s wishes and budgets. With customers being able to choose from a traditional tiered cake, mini cake, cupcakes and a variety of designs, there is a multitude of options for the discerning couple. Flavours include Rich English Fruit Cake, Opera Gateaux, Red Velvet Cake, Rich Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake and many more.

Flindt Patisserie

While large hotels and resorts can often be crowded and overpriced, villas provide the bespoke island experience that will make the perfect backdrop for your ideal wedding or celebration. We have a special selection of luxury villas that boast a wide number of bedrooms and are located in acres of beautiful tropical gardens. Our knowledgable villa specialists can provide you with first hand experience on the best places to stay, and guide you through our personalised reservations process.

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