Marriage in Jamaica
Here's What You Need To Know
Did you know that over 50% of all marriage in Jamaica today are done by tourists / visitors -categorized as 'hotel marriages'?
"Thanks for taking the time to create such an informative site" -Shanii
Yep! Jamaica is fast becoming a hotbed for international travelers to exchange their wedding vows - one of the most, (if not the most) special moment in their life. And so, I am not surprise you are also showing an interest.
In fact, according to the Registrar's General Department (RGD) website,
the past few decades, with the rapid growth of the tourism industry,
hotel marriages have become a significant contributor to the total
number of marriages occurring in the island.'
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So what is accounting for the increase in this trend?
One reason may be the relative ease in getting appropriate documentation. This
is quite contrary to other areas of business and commerce where there
tend to be a lot of bureaucratic red tape.
Visitors can be married in
just 24 hours after arrival on the island-WOW! Yes, providing prior
application has been made for a marriage license!
Of course the warm tropical climate, the food,
the beautiful plants and flowers, and the warmth and sincerity of the
people does make it difficult for you and other visitors to choose otherwise :-)
while many still prefer the traditional setting, more and more visitors
like yourself are trending towards the 'beach wedding' setting.
Whatever your taste
though, most hotels are willing to provide the complete package - including the
acquisition of a marriage officer.
There are also many non-denominational marriage officers here who will provide witnesses as well.
Key Requirements For Marriage In Jamaica
The following are 7 critical things you need to know or provide for your successful marriage in Jamaica:
- Proof of citizenship-certified copy of Birth Certificate, which includes father’s name.
- Parental consent (written) if under 18 years of age.
- Proof of divorce (if applicable) original Certificate of Divorce.
- Certified Copy of Death Certificate for widow or widower.
- French Canadians need a notarized translated English copy of all documents and a photocopy of the original French documents.
- Blood Tests are not required by law.
- Italian Nationals celebrating their marriage in Jamaica must notify their Embassy to be legalized and translated.
Address For Marriage Application
The address for your application is:
Ministry of National Security and Justice
2 Oxford Road,
Tel: (876) 906-4908 up to 22.
Then what happen when you get here?
Most of our established hotels and villas here offers superb wedding services.
But while some have almost an entire group or department dedicated to
it - and others partner with outside planners, others contract the
entire job to the experts - which may get a little pricey for you.
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Michelle, however, a friend of mine from Ocho Rios, operates an established wedding planning business here [Weddng Planner Plus] that can come in quite helpful and economical to you.
She has been in the business for over a decade and has already done over 1,400 weddings - mostly for overseas clients!
She was also my wedding coordinator on our special day!
Her business takes care of all your local requirements to ensure you have a magical wedding!
- Preparation of Documentation
- Acquisition of Minister's Licence
- Minister to conduct wedding ceremony.
- Bridal Bouquet & Boutonniere
- Wedding Coordinator
- Decorated Wedding Venue
- Wedding Cake
- Musical Accompaniment
- Wedding Accessories
You can contact her directly by filling out this short form below. She will be elated to get back in touch with you.
And yes, she also does wedding vow renewals!
Pages Related To Marriage In Jamaica
External Links: Jamaica Registrar General's Department
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