Blessed with a year-round sunny climate, an 11km-long stretch of powder-white sand, a vibrant nightlife scene and expansive Las Vegas-style high rise resorts, Aruba is the perfect Caribbean wedding destination – ideal for that long dreamt of beach wedding!
The legal requirements for getting married in Aruba are relatively straightforward.
However, before you can have a religious or beach ceremony, you must hold a Civil Ceremony in the Oranjestad Town Hall, Aruba (or provide proof that you are already legally married in the country of your permanent residence). Most Aruba resorts have an event coordinator or a wedding planner on site who can help with any paperwork.
Marriages performed in Aruba are internationally recognised and legally binding.
No minimum required, but it is recommended to arrive at least one or two days before the civil service or ceremony to meet in advance with your planner to review the details.
Ensure that all documents are in your legal name, and provide affidavits in cases where you are known by another name. Originals or certified copies of all documentation are required. All documents in a language other than English, must be translated and notarized.
Documents required for a legal wedding in Aruba, include…
All documents must be faxed for review and then submitted by courier at least 30 days prior to your wedding date. This may be handled by your wedding planner - coordinator.
Oranjestad Town Hall provides the legal civil service from Monday through Friday (10am - 11:30am & 2pm - 3:30pm); closed on Wednesday afternoons. The Saturday service can be performed between 10 am and 12 noon, but costs more.
Even if you are planning a religious ceremony in Aruba, legal requirements must take place beforehand. For a religious ceremony, the additional requirements
The couple should contact one of the following churches before arriving in Aruba: St. Franciscus Parish Church, Irausquinplein 3, Oranjestad, Aruba. (Phone +297-582-1434); or St. Anna Parish Church, Noord 16, Oranjestad, Aruba. (Phone +297-587-1409; Fax +297-587-8554)
For a Protestant, Episcopalian or Methodist Ceremony…
For more information: Protestant Church, Wilhelminastraat 1, Oranjestad (Phone +297-582-1435).
For a Protestant, Episcopalian or Methodist Ceremony the fee is typically USD$200, which includes the Marriage Certificate. Non-Protestants can be married by the Protestant Church.
For a Jewish Ceremony…
The synagogue of Aruba is a conservative-reform style congregation
The petition to the Aruba Jewish Community should be submitted to the following address: Israelische Gemeente-Bet Israel, A. Lacle Blvd. 2, Box 2, Aruba (Phone +297-582-3272; email email@example.com )
All couples receive a certified Marriage Certificate from the Registry General’s Office.
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.
USD$100 for Civil Service, Marriage Licence & Certificate, USD$150 surcharge for Saturday civil service. Religious ceremony between USD$200 and USD$300. The Catholic Church does not charge a fee, however, they ask for a donation to the Church. Local witness, if required – USD$75 per person.
Subsequent to the ceremony, receipt and registration of the marriage, the couple will receive the Certified Marriage Certificate with an apostille within 12 weeks from the date of the wedding.
Many hotels offer comprehensive assistance to couples planning their destination wedding in Aruba.
For more information contact your hotel or visit the wedding portal at Visit Aruba to learn more about top wedding venues, recommended wedding consultants and service providers. Alternatively, visit your nearest Aruba embassy or consulate for more information.
Latest update: How to get married in Aruba: 18 November, 2018
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