getting married in barbados | fyi

This is a post I should have written a long time ago to help you figure out what you need to make your wedding in Barbados not only special and magical but also legal. So here’s what you need to know about getting married in Barbados. First of all it’s super easy. There’s no required waiting period or minimum length of stay.

Application for a marriage licence must be made by you and your fiance in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Applications for marriage licences must be made between the hours of 8.30 a.m and 3.30 p.m Monday to Friday. Here’s what you’ll need to bring with you:

  • Valid passports and birth certificates.
  • Return tickets.
  • If either of you was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgment. The Decree Nisi will not accepted.
  • If either of you was previously married and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse.
  • For a Roman Catholic ceremony, the relevant documents must be sent by your bishop to the bishop of Bridgetown.
  • Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • 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.

License Fees

  • If neither of you is a citizen or a resident of Barbados: US$100 (BDS$200) cash and a US$12.50 (BDS$25) stamp
  • If either party is a citizen or a resident of Barbados: US$22.50 (BDS$45) cash and a US$5.00 (BDS$10) stamp

Civil Marriage Ceremony Fees

  • Magistrate fee for ceremonies held in the court – US$125 (BDS$250)
  • Magistrate fee for ceremonies held out of the court – US$175 (BDS$350) 

To get more information please contact  Ministry of Home Affairs at 1-246-621-0227, fax them at 1-246-437-3794 or email ps@mha.gov.bb.