With a choice of gorgeous white- and pink-sand beaches fringed by gently swaying palm trees, Barbados is the perfect spot to say 'I do' – and the ideal destination for that long dreamt of beach wedding!
From historic churches to lush tropical gardens and gorgeous white-sand beaches, Barbados offers a wide range of exotic and traditional options for you to chose from for your wedding venue.
The legal requirements for getting married in Barbados are relatively straightforward. Marriages performed in Barbados are internationally recognised and legally binding.
To apply for a marriage licence, both parties must personally attend the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Bridgetown.
Ensure that all documents are in your legal name, and provide affidavits in cases where you are known by another name. Originals of all documentation are required. 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.Documents required for a legal wedding in Barbados, include…
Arrangements should be made with a Magistrate or Marriage Officer to perform the wedding ceremony, prior to applying for the marriage licence. A letter from either the Magistrate or Marriage Officer must be presented at the time of making the application.
Some faiths required additional documents for a church service.
For an Anglican church service, this includes…
Some select reverends do not require the premarital counseling, or baptism certificate, however divorce pleadings are mandatory.
For a Roman Catholic church service, documents required include…
All of the above documents should be sent to your wedding co-ordinator one month prior to the wedding.
The Marriage Officer will provide you with your signed and witnessed marriage certificate. Another copy is retained by the Marriage Officer and the third is submitted to the Barbados Supreme Court in order to register your wedding in Barbados.
In addition to the certificate issued by the Marriage Officer on the day of your wedding, you will require a certified copy of the marriage certificate. This certified marriage certificate will be posted to you via registered mail within 8-10 weeks after your wedding date. The fee for this service is usually included in your wedding package costs.
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.
Your wedding planner or Marriage Officer can assist you in obtaining the Apostille, which is typically available within 30 days of the request. The Apostil Fee is USD$75.
Non-resident of Barbados: USD$100 (BDS$200) cash and a USD$12.50 (BDS$25) stamp duty;
Citizen or a resident of Barbados: USD$22.50 (BDS$45) cash and a USD$5.00 (BDS$10) stamp duty.
Magistrate fee for ceremonies held in the court – USD$125 (BDS$250);
Magistrate fee for ceremonies held out of the court – USD$175 (BDS$350).
Many hotels offer comprehensive assistance to couples planning their destination wedding in Barbados.
For more information visit the wedding portal at Barbados Tourism to learn more about top wedding venues, recommended wedding consultants and service providers. Alternatively, visit your nearest Barbados embassy or consulate for more information.
Further information: Contact the Ministry of Home Affairs (Tel: 1-246-535-7260, fax: 1-246-535-7286, e-mail email@example.com).
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 Barbados: 6 May, 2022