The pretty island of Anguilla makes for a truly romantic destination wedding. Located in the eastern Caribbean, Anguilla has a choice of gorgeous white sand beaches fringed by gently swaying palm trees – ideal for that long dreamt of beach wedding!
The legal requirements for getting married in Anguilla are relatively straightforward: couples have a choice to be married by a magistrate at the Court House or by a minister of religion who is a registered Marriage Officer in Anguilla.
Marriages performed in Anguilla are internationally recognised and legally binding.
None (officially), but it takes two working days (48hrs) to process the marriage licence.
To apply for your marriage licence, both parties must personally attend the court registry at least two days prior to the day of your wedding and provide the required documentation and applicable fee.
Special requirements apply for Catholic marriages. Couples seeking a Catholic marriage have to give three to six months' advance notice, take part in a Pre-Cana course, and submit a baptismal certificate, confirmation papers, and freedom-to-marry papers.
Originals of all documentation are required. However, if you’re unable to obtain an original Decree Absolute / Death Certificate you may provide a certified true copy. All documents must be in English; if not, they must be translated and notarized.
European Union citizens (except the United Kingdom and Ireland) may need to have their Registered Marriage Certificate apostilled (or authenticated).
This does not apply to citizens of United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Citizens of Asian countries, South and Central America should check with their Civil Registrar/Marriage Officer as to whether an apostille is required for your country.
The cost of an Apostile is USD$55.80. The Apostile can be obtained at the Ministry of Finance in Anguilla.
If one partner resides in Anguilla for at least 15 days before the date of marriage, the cost of the license is USD $40. If the stay is shorter, then the cost of the license is USD $284.
Many hotels offer comprehensive assistance to couples planning their destination wedding in Anguilla.
For more information contact your hotel or one of the recommended wedding planners at Anguilla British Caribbean – official site of the Anguilla Tourist Board – to learn more about their individual offerings.
Further information: Contact the Registrar, Judicial Department of the Government of Anguilla. Alternatively, as a British Overseas Territory you may contact the British embassy or High Commission that represents Anguilla.
Please note: while accurate at time of publication this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner at your resort of choice or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up-to-date details before your wedding.
Latest update: How to get married in Anguilla: 25 February, 2019
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