Approximately 700 islands, spread over nearly 100,000 square miles of ocean, constitute The Bahamas. The term Out Islands (or Family Islands) refer to all of the islands except New Providence, home to Nassau and Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama, home to Freeport/Lucaya. There are flights to all of the island centers from Nassau. It’s also possible to charter a plane, take a high-speed catamaran ferry, or hop aboard a chartered sailboat or motorboat.
Home to the Bahamas capital of Nassau and the resort development of Paradise Island, New Providence Island is the most visited Bahamian island, thanks to its international airport and busy cruise ship dock. Freeport/Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island is a popular destination offering excellent golf courses including ones designed by Dick Wilson, Joe Lee and Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Legal Requirements for Weddings - The Bahamas
Must be in possession of an original or certified copy of a birth certificate OR passport
Both parties must have photo ID (driver’s license accepted)
Groom must know father’s full name.
Must be a resident of The Bahamas for a minimum of 72 hours.
Must visit the Registrar General to verify that both individuals have been in The Bahamas for 72 hours before they will be married. Immigration card used by Bahamas Customs will provide verification of stay.
If either or both parties are divorced: He/She must be in possession of original or certified copy of divorce decree (must have seal).
IF NEVER MARRIED
American citizens must visit a notary public in The Bahamas to verify that they have never been married. This is done at a cost of $30 per person which is not included in the package prices.
Canadian and other citizens must get a sworn affidavit that they have never been married. They can obtain this in their country or by going to a Bahamas attorney for a fee of up to $30.
Marriage License fee: $100
The couple must visit the Registrar’s Office in person to obtain their marriage license.
You cannot obtain a marriage license the same day you arrive on the island. You MUST be on the island for 72 hours.
Guests will be advised of transportation available to the Registrar’s Office during appointment with wedding consultant.
British Colonial Hilton
P.O. Box N-532
Phone: (242) 323-0594-7
Hours of Operation: 9:30am – 4:30pm (Monday – Friday)
Closed on weekends and Bahamian holidays.
Although we provide this information it is subject to change and you must contact the tourist board or consulate to verify these requirements.
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