What are the Legal Formalities for a Wedding in Jamaica?
There are many reasons why getting married abroad is popular, and when it comes to getting married in Jamaica, one of the main reasons is the location! What could be more romantic than being married on a beautiful beach, or in an air conditional hotel reception room overlooking the ocean? At one time this was no more than a fleeting dream many brides-to-be would have as they stressed their way through the seemingly endless decisions associated with a traditional wedding at home. These days, more and more couples are opting for a Jamaican wedding in paradise where the emphasis is on them and not the “details”. But how legal is it?
If your intention of going to Jamaica is to get married, then there are some things you need to make sure that you have in order beforehand.
First of all, you must be over the age of 18. If one or both of you are under 18 then written parental consent must be supplied for whoever is underage.
Both the bride and groom must also supply a birth certificate which shows their nationality, and father’s name.
If either the bride or the groom (or both) has been married before then additional paperwork that proves they are now free to remarry must be shown, such as a death certificate, or a certificate of divorce.
There are other restrictions as regards place, and time of marriages but the legal paperwork is very straightforward. If you are staying at a hotel, it would be advisable to put your arrangements in the hands of their wedding planner. They will ensure that all the formalities are completed, that you obtain your license on time, and can be married when you want. They can also advise on such things as venue, and if necessary even secure you the services of a photographer or someone to video the marriage.
As long as you comply with all the local necessities, and obtain your license, you can find yourself married in less than 48 hours! Remember, if you get married in Jamaica, you’re legally married! The marriage is recognized by the US, so don’t do something that you’ll regret later.