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Barbados-Marriage Requirements


Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Barbados

Allotted time:

Allow a few days from arrival in Barbados to wedding date for preparation (no length of stay is required prior to the ceremony, but paperwork must be processed). We recommend giving yourself more time due to weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.

Necessary legal documents:

Please note that all documents must be submitted in English. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in Barbados for an authorized translator. All translated documents must be certified with an Apostille. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.

  • Valid Passports or birth certificates
  • Plane tickets (with return flight)
  • Divorce decree, if applicable
  • Death certificate and marriage certificate to the deceased spouse, if applicable
  • Religious ceremonies may require additional documents or special circumstances. Contact the chosen place of worship prior to any travel arrangements.

Legal requirements to get married:

  • Ceremony (Civil/Religious)

Civil and religious wedding ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Barbados. The ceremony is preformed in English. If either party does not speak English, an interpreter should be hired.

Catholic Weddings require that all paperwork be sent from the Bishop in your home country to the Bishop of Bridgetown.

  • Age and Relation

The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. They cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.

  • Witnesses

Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.

  • Registry

Take all paperwork (in person) to the in Barbados.

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 Barbados” in the subject line.

 Bridgetown Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Tel: 246-228-8950
  • Fax: 246-437-3794