More and more people are getting married
while on holiday, and it is easy to do in Antigua and Barbuda.
Even cruise ship visitors can now get married. There are three
|Visit the Ministry of Justice located on Lower Nevis Street
in downtown St. John's with
your valid passports, complete the application and pay applicable
Confirm a date and time for the ceremony with a Marriage Officer, and
Get married - Congratulations!!
What are the fees?
First, there is a registration fee of US$40 that must be
paid at the courthouse at the corner of High and Temple Streets.
The application fee for the special marriage licence is US$150,
and the Marriage Officer's fee is US$50.
How about documents? What do we need?
You both will need valid passports as proof of citizenship.
If either of you have been previously married, then bring along
the original divorce decree or, in the case of a widow or widower,
the original marriage and death certificates.
Are there any other legal requirements?
Both parties must be over 15, if under 18, written authorization
from your parents or guardians is required. It is important that
all documents presented are original or certified original by the
issuing departments or offices. Ensure that all documents are in
your legal name, and provide affidavits in cases where you are
known by another name. Your marriage must also be solemnized or
celebrated in the presence of two or more witnesses, apart from
the Marriage Officer. (Just ask a guest or two to do this for you).
Is the marriage ceremony legal?
Of course, it is both legal and binding. Additionally, consent
must be expressed by both parties to accept each other as husband
Can I be married in a church?
Yes, but it requires the permission from the church authorities
where you wish to be married. Have your pastor contact the church
to establish the requirements. Some churches ask that the couple
attend pre-nuptial consultations. Allow some extra time if planning
a church ceremony.
Where can I get a list of churches in Antigua?
Contact the Antigua
and Barbuda Department of Tourism for a list of churches on
Can my hotel assist with the arrangements?
Certainly, as most hotels in Antigua and Barbuda offer wedding
and honeymoon packages. Check with your travel agent or the Antigua
and Barbuda Department of Tourism for more information.
The Ministry of Legal Affairs is open Monday
to Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm and on Fridays from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
Flights which arrive into Antigua after 3:00pm will not permit
couples to get to the Ministry of Justice in time to apply for
the Special Marriage License. In such cases, the couple can arrange
for the marriage to take place either the next day after completing
the application process, or, on any available day thereafter.
For any enquiries regarding your marriage certificate please contact The Registrar's Office in Antigua. Tel/Fax: 001 268 462 3929