Imagine saying "I do" in your bare feet on soft sand, with the blue sky and ocean as your backdrop. Destination weddings are becoming a very popular option throughout the Caribbean, and thankfully, it's not too difficult to tie the knot in the British Virgin Islands. Here are the requirements:
- You must be in the BVI for a minimum of 3 days prior to the wedding service and after having made application for your marriage license.
- Apply for your license on your day of arrival at the Attorney General's office, located on the second floor of the Central Administration Complex in Road Town. Give 3 business days for your application to be processed.
- Purchase $110 in postage stamps if you will be in the BVI less than 15 days before the wedding, or $50 in stamps if you have been there 15 days or more.
- Passports are required as proof of identity and to establish your date of arrival in the BVI.
- If you were previously married, you will be required to bring a certified copy or original documentation of your divorce (absolute decree) or death certificate of a deceased spouse.
- Two witnesses are required to oversee the signing of your marriage license application, and two different witnesses must be present during the ceremony. Persons in the BVI may be selected as witnesses.
Upon completion of your application, proceed to the Registrar's office, above the Post Office on Main Street in Road Town, to schedule your wedding. The registrar, who will perform the ceremony, will require a $35 fee for weddings performed at the office, or $100 for weddings performed elsewhere. An application here will require full legal names of both parties, your ages and dates of birth, your occupations, and names of witnesses for your wedding ceremony.