Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Bermuda
Allow least 15 days from arrival in Bermuda to wedding date to process paperwork (this length of time can be reduced if required paperwork is submitted prior to arrival). We recommend giving yourself enough time due to weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
- Valid Passports
- Notice of Intended Marriage (obtained in Bermuda or send in paperwork ahead of time)
- Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
- Some places of worship may require additional documentation. It is recommended to contact the officiant prior to leaving on your trip, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Bermuda.
If planning a religious wedding, contact the chosen house of worship prior to leaving your home country.
Catholic weddings are allowed only under exceptional circumstances. They require sending a . A Catholic wedding cannot be preformed for a couple where either spouse has a prior divorce. Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, A.M.E., Muslim and Baha’i ceremonies are possible, but there is no resident Rabbi. It is recommended to plan ahead.
Civil ceremonies must be performed at the Registry General.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. If they are underage, notarized parental consent is necessary. Both parties must be at least 16 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. The bride and groom cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
Couples will need to fill out a Notice of Intended Marriage form. This form along with a fee and the paperwork and photocopies must be submitted to in Bermuda.
The Registry General upon receiving the necessary paperwork, will send notice to The Royal Gazette and the Bermuda Sun to publish the couple’s intended marriage. The couple will receive their Marriage License, pending objections,15 days later. The Marriage License is valid for 3 months.
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 Bermuda” in the subject line.
- Tel: 441 297 7709