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6-Steps for Saying "I do" in The Bahamas.

Here's your easy guide to planning the perfect destination wedding in The Bahamas:

1. Choose The Right Island: With 16 breathtaking islands from which to choose, the biggest challenge may be finding the island you love most.

2. Identify Your Ideal Setting: Are you looking for something elaborative, relaxed, or exclusive? Knowing your ideal setting will make it easier to determine the most suitable backdrop to your "I do". From pink sand beaches in Eleuthera and Harbour Island to Nassaus breathtaking Cloisters, one-of-a-kind venues awaits on the islands of The Bahamas.

3. Work with a Travel Advisor and Destination Wedding Planner that is committed to partnering with in-destination experts to bring your vision to fruition.

4. Make It Legal: The Bahamas is one destination that makes legalizing your love, a breeze. There are no bloodwork requirements, the marriage license fee is nominal, and there is a short residency requirement.

5. Plan to have both your wedding and honeymoon in The Bahamas. With so many unique islands to choose from, it is easy to get married on one island, and hop to another for a romance retreat.

6. Say I do and thank us later!


1. Can I get married the same day as my arrival In the islands of the Bahamas?

No, both parties must have resided in the Com­monwealth of the Bahamas for no less than one day prior to the date of the application.

2. How long wlll it take to get a marriage license?

It takes two business days, excluding Bahami­an holidays.

3. Can I get a license the same day if I arrive by cruise ship?

Yes, exceptions are made for individuals arriv­ing by cruise ship, once you have met the twenty-four-hour residency requirement and have your letter from the Purser's Office/Guest Ser­vices, signed by your ship's captain, confirming the same.

4. Would my marriage license be legal In my country?

Yes, the Bahamas marriage license is a legal document issued by the Bahamas Government.

5. Can I apply for a marriage license by mall?

No, both parties must be in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas at the time of the application.

6. Would I be able to use my marriage license from my country?

No, only the Bahamian marriage license is legal in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

7. Can my pastor/rabbi perform the wedding ceremony?

No, however your pastor may assist the local pastor with the wedding ceremony.

8. Can I have a nondenominational or nonreligious ceremony?

Yes. Your consultant or marriage officer can show you a variety of options for a traditional, religious or strictly legal union.

9. I would like to get married In the Family Islands. Do I need to come to Nassau for a marriage license?

No, you can obtain a marriage license at the Administrator's Office on that island.

10. What times can I get married?

Weddings must be performed between sunrise and sunset.

11. Can I get married on the weekend?

Yes, you can get married on Saturday or Sun­day, provided you make an application during the business days of Thursday or Friday.

12. Why do I need a certified copy of the marriage certificate?

It is required by many lending institutions and insurance companies. Also, it is needed if the wife now wishes to have a passport with the marriage surname.

13. Do I need a license for a vow renewal?

No, you do not need a license for a vow renewal.

14. Can I rent wedding attire In the Bahamas?

There are several stores offering complete rent­al attire. Please allow sufficient time to make those arrangements.


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