Depending on where you choose for your destination wedding, each country will require a particular protocol and set of personal documentation, some which will need to be verified by Honeymoon Dreams before you travel.
Use the links below for full information of what is required for each destination and an outline of the documents.
The bride and groom must obtain an affidavit in Antigua to confirm their single status.
You will need to complete a ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ supplied by us. This needs to be completed by both parties and then signed and stamped by an Australian Official from the Australian Embassy in London or a Notary Public (not a solicitor). We will send this to Australia for you. it must be with the Celebrant one month and a day before your wedding.
If never married being a citizen of the UK or any other country other than the USA, an affidavit certifying this fact must be sworn before a Lawyer in Nassau. Please note that any previous Decree Absolutes are not returned. If documents arrive late, couples may incur a fee.
Both parties must belong to one of the following religions: Protestant, Catholic, Hindu or Buddhist. if however one of you is Protestant and one Catholic then you will need to sign an affidavit in resort that your ceremony will be conducted by a Protestant Minister. Additional information may be required for some religions. To marry in Bali the wedding couple must visit the British Consulate in Denpassar (only available to British Passport holders). Couples will require full length birth certificates. Couples are now required to obtain an original ‘certificate of no impediment’ issued by their local Registry Office. The ‘certificate on no impediment’ takes up to 21 days, to be issued within three months of the wedding date. In Bali this certificate will be endorsed by the British Embassy which will be paid in local currency. An affidavit will be completed in resort
Please note our packages in French Polynesia are non-legal ceremonies.for which there is a charge.
We will supply you with a Banff Licence & Registration form for both civil partnerships and weddings which you will need to complete and return to us with your completed weddings form.
The licence office is open Mon-Fri. For weddings in Fiji the bride and groom will need to apply for a licence in Nadi before transferring to your island. For weddings in some resorts you need to apply for your licence before arriving for which there is a charge.
Tourists cannot legally marry in France without completing a 40 day residency period. We recommend you have a civil ceremony in the UK before a religious ceremony in France.
Not all hotels need to see copies of documentation before travel. Please check with the Weddings team.
Couples marrying in Thailand need to sign an affidavit and register at the British Embassy and legalise the marriage at the District Registrars Office, both situated in Bangkok. Cost per couple from £922. Wedding registrations in Bangkok are not conducted during the Songkran Festival (13-15 April), over Christmas and New Year and public holidays as both the British Embassy and Registrar Offices will be closed. Couples will receive their wedding certificate approx. four to six months after the wedding. the certificate is sent from the British Embassy in Bangkok to the Registrars Office in the UK. Couples need to contact the Registrars Office in the UK to check this has been received. If the bride has been divorced for less than ten months a pregnancy test is required once in resort for which there is a local charge. If pregnant the wedding cannot take place.
Couples need to provide two passport size photos each and send to us. Typically, the Regional Commissioner will come to the hotel to perform the ceremony. However, occasionally wedding couples will go to Stone Town and be married in the Regional Commissioners Offlice. The couple will then return to the hotel and a enjoy a symbolic ceremony on the beach. The Regional Commissioner will reconfirm your wedding date, if there is any change to your wedding date we will of course advise you.
Couples must provide originals of their long birth certificates and obtain an original ‘no impediment certificate’ issued by their local Registry Office ten weeks prior to travel. Original documentation will be returned to you in resort. Photocopies of your current passport, photocopies of passports for two witnesses and details of their marital status, occupation and place of residence are also required. If the bride has been previously married you will also need your original marriage certificate from your previous marriage and your original decree absolute and previous spouses death certificate if widowed. In Italy, there is a ten month waiting period before a divorcee or widow may marry. The original ‘no impediment certificate’ must be issued within three months of the intended date of marriage. It can take up to 21 days to be issued. The wedding certificate issued will be multilingual. Weddings in Rome cannot be confirmed until six months prior. As a general rule, Italian authorities will not confirm wedding dates until the same calendar year.
The long version of a birth certificate is required for marriage in Jamaica. Wedding certificate will be returned in two months.
Kenya Couples marrying at Governors’ need to have two working days in Nairobi to complete legalities and three nights minimum stay at Governors’. At Mara Bushtops, couples need a minimum three nights at the camp, no Nairobi stay is needed.
Tourists cannot legally marry in the Maldives. You may receive a wedding blessing however.
We will supply you with an ‘Intent to Marry’ form to complete and return with your other wedding forms and copies of all your documents including any previous marriages. If the bride to be has been divorced for less than ten months then she will have to have a pregnancy test in resort for which there is a charge. If the pregnancy test is positive, the wedding will not proceed. The pregnancy test is payable to us before travel and is approx. £20. The wedding will be conducted using the brides maiden name.
A blood test is required for Mexico once in resort to determine STDs and pregnancy, for which there is a local charge. The wedding will not proceed if these tests are positive. For this and other formalities couples must be in resort four working days prior to the ceremony. All documents must be certified by a solicitor and legalised by the UK FCO and divorcees will also require additional documents with your official translations. There is also a local charge for translating English documents into Spanish. Couples must wait for 12 months to remarry after divorce. The long version of a birth certificate is required for marriage. Your wedding ceremony will be conducted in English and your wedding certificate will be in Spanish. There is a charge for translation costs. In the rare event that the officiant of the ceremony cannot speak English, your wedding co-ordinator will translate the ceremony into English.
If you are not from the UK or do not hold a British passport, we must stress that you must contact your consulate directly – you must ensure that you are eligible to marry in that country and verify that you do not require any further documents such as an apostille issued by the country you are marrying in. All documentation must be translated legally in English.
This document can be obtained from a Notary Public who can usually be found through a solicitor’s office. The document should detail information relevant to your circumstances to address the needs of the authorities in your chosen destination. For example, the document should explain that you are free to marry whilst there and confirm your marital status. Once you have booked your holiday and wedding with us we will provide an example that will help you. Costs may vary considerably from solicitor to solicitor and the affidavit will need to be signed and stamped.
An Apostille is official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp appearing on a document is genuine. It can be obtained at the legislation service of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
These can be provided by a solicitor who is legally granted to carry out this process. An original document will always be required by the solicitor to copy for example an original birth certificate. This will be photocopied, stamped (which should include the name of the solicitor) and signed by a solicitor indicating that it is a true copy of an original document. In the event that you are required to provide certified copies, as with a wedding in Jamaica we would ask that any signatures obtained from your solicitor are given in red or blue ink. This will help the overseas authorities and ensure that certified copies are not mistaken for a photocopy.
Certificate of No Impediment
This is a document required by some countries which states that there is no known impediment to your proposed marriage. If one is required for your chosen destination we will inform you on the document check list within your wedding pack. These certificates vary in the length of time they are valid for (sometimes just for a few months), so it is important to check the requirements which apply to your circumstances. Please also be aware that a Certificate of No Impediment may be insufficient on its own to allow a marriage to take place in a foreign country. This certificate is prepared by the Superintendent Registrar at the Register Office in the area in which you live. The cost of this certificate is £45 per person (approx.) – you will need to take various identification documents with you to your appointment, which will be explained to you by the receptionist. Subject to there being no complications, the actual Certificate of No Impediment will be issued between 17 and 23 days after your appointment.
Where a party is divorced (or their marriage has been annulled) documents to prove the dissolution or annulment must be provided. Once a divorce or annulment has been made final the court will send you a Decree Absolute which will bear a red or embossed court seal. This decree must bear the court stamp as without it your wedding may not take place. In some countries couples who have divorced cannot re-marry until a full 12 months have passed since divorcing. NB: Cuba does not allow weddings for divorced couples.
Registering the Wedding
A marriage which took place abroad under foreign local law cannot be registered in the UK, however, a record of the marriage may be lodged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office via the General Register Office (telephone 0151 471 4801) by depositing an original marriage certificate, this only applies to certain countries and where it is possible a fee will be required. This means that in future a marriage certificate could be issued by the General Register Office here, should the need arise.