Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Antigua and Barbuda
Allow at least 10 days from arrival in Antigua or Barbuda to wedding date to process paperwork. We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
- Certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports
- Divorce decree, if applicable
- Death certificate and former marriage certificate, if applicable
- Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor.
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Antigua and Barbuda. Some churches require a consultation prior to the ceremony. We recommend planning extra time for a religious ceremony and contacting your officant prior to leaving your home country.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. If they are underage, certified parental consent is necessary. With parental consent, both parties must be at least 15 years of age. Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. For example, the United States requires that both parties be 18 years of age for your marriage to be recognized upon your return to the United States. They cannot be related by blood.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
Take all paperwork to the . The couple will apply for a Special Marriage License.
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in Antigua & Barbuda” in the subject line.