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View our PDF chart to view Minimum residency periods and other important requirements for your wedding destination.
Please note: Change of name deed – a change of name deed may be required for some resorts, even if the bride and groom has been previously married and reverted back to her maiden name. The Weddings Team will be able to advise on this. **USA – the residency stated is a Virgin Holidays’ prerequisite and not a legal requirement. In some circumstances, we may be able to request a wedding with only 1 or 2 working days’ residency. Please contact the Weddings Team to see if this is possible before requesting. ^Birth certificate needed for New York. Visas are required by British citizens for a number of our destinations, and a charge may be applicable – for up-to-date information please check with the relevant embassy.
The above is for guidance purposes only. Please contact the relevant embassy for up-to-date legal requirements. Documentation requirements and charges can change and we will send a complete list of all documents required with the wedding confirmation. Any further changes will be notified immediately. If you are not a British citizen, please contact the relevant embassy who will advise on the correct documentation. Please remember to hand carry original documentation to resort. Failure to do so may result in the wedding being cancelled. Virgin Holidays can take no responsibility for failure to produce the correct documentation in resort.
Eight Eight 6x4 cm size photos are required showing the bride and groom together. The bride must be on the right as you look at the photo and the groom on the left, these are taken in resort. Covering letter also required stating confirmation of wedding date, religions of bride and groom and also full names and addresses of both sets of parents. We can only arrange weddings in Bali for British citizens. Couples must declare they are of the same religion. Atheism is not a recognised religion and Catholic weddings are not permitted. If couples do not have a religion or are of different religion they have the option of having a Christian ceremony, however they must declare they are happy to do so. An affidavit will be completed in resort at a cost of approx £55 (converted at Rp. 21,000) per person and is only valid for two months. The bride and groom must have written parental consent if under 21 years of age to marry in Bali. Payable locally: £37 per couple for depositing wedding certificate.
Additional licence is required if divorced. For Banff and Lake Louise Weddings, a licence and registration form must be completed, which will be sent out by our Weddings Team.
If either or both of the wedding party has been divorced or widowed, or changed their name by deed poll, the decree absolute(s) or death certificate(s) must be legalised by the Foreign Office prior to departure. These documents must also be translated and legalised by the Cuban Embassy. Please contact relevant Embassy for costs prior to booking as these costs can be expensive.
You will also need to supply one photocopy of passport, picture/information page (Bride and Groom). In addition, passport photocopies of the witnesses (which can’t be family members – if you do not have witnesses, the hotel will provide them). There is a mandatory 10 months waiting period after a divorce. The documents must be legalized by the Dominican Consulate no longer than 3 months prior to the wedding date. Please contact relevant embassy for costs prior to booking as these can be expensive. Couple must supply copies of their documents with their initial documentation and take all translated and legalised originals with them when they travel.
Parents have to be present if couples are under 18 years and they must present birth certificates and passports.
Jamaica & Grenada
A US$190 express fee is applicable for weddings taking place in less than 5 days after arrival. If you decided to opt for this option then you are also required to get your photocopies that are
applicable to you to be stamped by a solicitor and then written in red or blue ink. The solicitor must confirm that they are true and accurate copies of the original, and sign and date each copy. The
solicitor’s stamp must state that they are, in fact, a solicitor. Application to marry form will be sent to the couple by the Weddings Team and must be completed and signed by both bride and groom.
Parental consent and presentation of passports is all that is required for weddings in Las Vegas for couples under 18 years. Divorced couples need to advise when and where their divorce was finalised.
A re-issued birth certificate needs to be applied for via the governments records office within 90 days of the wedding. Also an Application to Marry form will be sent to the couple by the Weddings Team and must be completed and signed by both bride and groom. All original documents and re-issued birth certificates must be taken to Mauritius for formalities in Port Louis.
Mexico Blood test, marriage validation and judges fees are required to be taken and paid for locally by the couple and can amount to approx $1000, if the couple have been married previously or would like there parents names on their wedding certificate the all documents must be endorsed by the foreign and commonwealth office prior to departure and translated into Spanish either in the UK or at the resort (payable locally). Please contact relevant embassy for costs prior to booking as these costs can be expensive. All translated and apostilled documents with the exception of passports become the property of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Sandals & Beaches Properties
Failure to provide the correct documentation 60 days before travel will result in a charge of $150 being imposed by Sandals/Beaches for documentation administration. This must be paid before departure. If these documents are not received before travel, Sandals/Beaches reserves the right to cancel the wedding. Sandals properties are for adults only and children may not be allowed into the hotels for the ceremony. Couples need to also complete a Marriage Licence Processing form and a Check List Form which will be sent to the couple by the wedding team. For residency and documentation requirements please check above for the country your Sandals/ Beaches hotel is based. At Sandals and Beaches Resorts a typed birth certificate is required and not a hand-written one.
All couples must complete BI 31 and BI 130 forms which has to be completed before departure and will be sent to the couple by the weddings team. It is also required to obtain certified documents, affidavit to declare marital status and any Decree Absolute must be sent to Foreign & Commonwealth Office prior to departure to be apostiled. When you arrive in South Africa 3 passport photos will be also be required for your Marriage licence, these must be taken and paid for locally.
A US$300 express fee is applicable for weddings taking place in less than 3 days after arrival.
St Vincent - Palm Island
The marriage officer’s transportation to and from Palm Island will be an addition US$110. Transportation to the Ministry of Legal Affairs in the capital of St Vincent will be arranged by Guest Services and the approximate cost of the flight is US$110 per person and payable locally. You will also have to pay for the Taxi Chaperone US$25 per hour to be paid locally direct to the Taxi Driver. How do we obtain our Marriage Licence? You are required to travel to St. Vincent to apply for your marriage license, the flight to St Vincent only operates on a Monday morning and you will return to Palm Island the same day on a Ferry Shuttle in the evening which takes 2 – 3 hours.
If the woman has divorced less than 310 prior to the wedding date a medical certificate must be produced on the day of the marriage to prove that she is not pregnant and able to remarry. The couple must visit the British Embassy in Bangkok and stay a minimum of 3 nights (Monday-Thursday) to receive their marriage registration and Thai marriage certificate.
USA – the residency stated is a Virgin Holidays’ prerequisite and not a legal requirement. In some circumstances, we may be able to request a wedding with only 1 or 2 working days’ residency. Please contact the Weddings Team to see if this is possible before requesting. ^Birth certificate needed for New York.