Wedding FAQs

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Can I get married the same day as my arrival in The Islands Of The Bahamas?

No, both parties must have resided in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas for not less than one day prior to the date of the application.

How long will it take to get a marriage license?

It takes two business days, excluding Bahamian holidays.

Can I get a license the same day if I arrive by cruise ship?

Yes, exceptions are made to individuals arriving by cruise ship, once you have met the twenty-four hour residency requirement and have your letter from the purser's office, signed by your ship's captain, confirming the same.

Would my marriage license be legal in my country?

Yes, the Bahamas marriage license is a legal document issued by the Bahamas Government.

Can I apply for a marriage license by mail?

No, both parties must be in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas at the time of the application.

Would I be able to use my marriage license from my country?

No, only the Bahamian marriage license is legal in The Islands Of The Bahamas.

Can my Pastor/Rabbi perform the wedding ceremony?

No, however your Pastor may assist the local Pastor with the wedding ceremony.

Can I have a non-denominational or non-religious ceremony?

Yes. Your consultant or marriage officer can show you a variety of options for a traditional, religious or strictly legal union.

I would like to get married in the Family Islands. Do I need to come to Nassau for a marriage license?

No, you can obtain a marriage license at the Administrator's office on that island.

When can I get married?

Weddings must be performed between sunrise and sunset.

Can I get married on the weekend?

Yes, you can get married on Saturday or Sunday, provided you make application during the working days of Thursday or Friday.

Why do I need a certified copy of the marriage certificate?

It is required by many lending institutions and insurance companies. Also if the wife now wishes to have a passport with the marriage surname.

Do I need a license for a Vow Renewal?

No, you do not need a license for a Vow Renewal.

Can I rent wedding attire in The Bahamas?

There are several stores offering complete rental attire. Please allow sufficient time to make those arrangements.

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