Marriage Requirements & Documentation

~ general requirements for getting married abroad ~


Documentation and procedures vary by destination. At some destinations, the on-site wedding coordinator handles all the paperwork and details, allowing the couple to simply arrive and enjoy their wedding day and honeymoon. At others, you may need to visit the registrar personally to secure the license.

Requirements for Getting Married Abroad

For destination weddings, each Island has a specific period of time (usually 2-3 business days) that you must reside on the island, before you can be married there. Specifics will be provided once you have decided on the wedding destination.

Each island is unique, and requirements vary from island to island. Your TWG Wedding Specialist and the resort's on-site Wedding Coordinator can answer any questions you have about the documents required for the destination you choose. Documentation requirements usually include:

  • Notarized copies of state-issued birth certificates
  • Passport
  • Notarized copies of all pages of the court certified final divorce decree (where applicable)
  • Certified copy of legal name change or legal adoption papers if applicable
  • State issued death certificate with related marriage certificate of a deceased spouse (where applicable)
  • Your marriage will be legal and binding worldwide.
  • Expect to receive your official license 6 to 12 weeks after you return home.

All legal documents must be in the official language of the country, or translated into that language by a legal translator (typically one approved by the consulate of the destination). You will be advised of the exact requirements and due dates by your resort or cruise line wedding coordinator. We recommend sending notarized documents via a reliable courier service by the due date (typically 60 days prior to your resort arrival date or sail date). Do not send original documents as they will not be returned.