The most important factor in planning a Destination Wedding is the LEGAL REQUIREMENT of the specific destination. These would include but not limited to:
*Legal Papers: Birth Certificates, Divorce Decrees, Death Certificates etc.
*Passport and/or other forms of Identification
*Proof of church membership
*Administrative and license fees
*Copy of Tourist cards or visa
*Witnesses to some forms
*Certificate of Consular Inscription (a letter obtained at the embassy or consulate indicating personal data)
Working with a professional travel counselor can relieve some of the stress of such details. Our Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialists at Hearts on the Go* are looking forward to helping you make your dreams come true – seriously. Please contact one of our Certified Destination Wedding Honeymoon Specialists to help relieve the stress as you plan your wedding day.
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Some destinations require that a civil ceremony first be performed at a specific location, such as a city hall. Tahiti has very specific requirements that may make marriage impractical for visiting foreigners. It is HIGHLY recommended that Tahiti be an option for the non-legal ceremony (vow-renewals) see box below just why.
Tahiti gets the green light for foreign marriages
Long recognized as one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world, overseas visitors will also now be able to get married in French Polynesia after the French government gave the green light for foreign marriages to be conducted in Tahiti and her islands.
The minimum 30-day residence criteria has been done away with under the new legislation meaning visitors will be able to get married in a romantic Tahitian ceremony as long as they also go through a civil ceremony which must be conducted at a local city hall. Previously visitors could only undergo a symbolic French Polynesian marriage or a renewal of wedding vows legally exchanged elsewhere.
Tourism operators are now putting in place plans and packages to capitalize on the legislative change and Tahiti Tourisme Regional Director, Robert Thompson, believes it will provide a real boost to local tourism as well as offering visitors a wonderful new location in which to get married. French Polynesia abounds with fantastic honeymoon options and the traditional wedding ceremony, with its music, singing, dancing and stunning location has always proved extremely popular. Now couples can enjoy all these things and be married legally a fantastic one stop shop for a dream wedding.
In addition to a civil marriage, the couple may organise a traditional wedding ceremony, without legal implications, to complete a civil marriage or to renew their vows. Most of the hotels, as well as the Tiki Village on Moorea, offer this type of service. In hotels, honeymooners are welcomed with "honeymoon gifts". Numerous services for honeymooners are also available (romantic dinner, floral bouquets, private excursions).
Avoiding destinations that present significant challenges is best. For the most part, destination marriages are quite easy in the many popular locations.
This is one of the most popular destinations for the U.S. citizen as it is a domestic destination. Because of the fact that there has been unrest in many international destinations, Hawaii has become a leading wedding and honeymoon destination. Keep in mind however that Hawaii can be rather expensive. Fortunately there are many condominium complexes. Hawaii does not have an all-inclusive market and the condominium provides comfortable and cost-efficient, affordable family accommodations.
Kauai and Maui are the most popular of the Hawaiian Islands for the purpose of weddings.
- Has no residency requirement or waiting period.
- Couples must apply in person for a marriage license (valid for 30 days)
- There is a cost of $50 for the applications
- Both partners must be over 18 years of age
- Birth certificates are not required, but a driver's license or other form of ID should be brought to the licensing appointment.
- If either partner has been married before, he or she will have to state the date and the county and state (or country) in which the divorce was finalized for each previous marriage.
- The license also requires the names of each partner's parents and the places where they were born.
White sand beaches and a variety of all-inclusive resorts makes Jamaica a very popular location for foreigners to marry. It is easy and beautiful. Couples can be married just 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica.
JAMAICA Requirements (at time of printing)
* Couples must have applied for a marriage license in advance.
* U.S. citizens must produce a birth certificate, divorce papers (if applicable)
* Notarized parental consent if under 18 years of age
* Death certificate if widowed
There are over 300 islands that comprise FIJI but only 1/3 of them are inhabited. These Polynesian islands are rich in culture. Recreational water sports i.e. snorkeling, scuba, windsurfing etc are popular.
- Requires valid passports (not to expire within 6 months of arriving)
- Original or certified birth certificates
- Divorce papers or death certificates
- Confirmatory letter on current marital status
- Witness - consent of father (mother if father is deceased) for under 21 years of age
Pink-sand beaches, lush tropical gardens, beautiful scenery, water-sports and varied activities and free of pollution…
Bermuda Requirements (at time of printing)
*Requires a Notice of Intended Marriage form to be filled out and sent back to the Registrar General’s Office
*Registrar General’s Office will purchase a marriage license valid for 3 months.
Quick drive-through weddings to traditional ceremonies, entertainment and luxury, activities range from gambling to water parks.
Las Vegas Requirements (at the time of printing)
*Neither blood tests nor waiting periods required
*Legal age is 18
*$50 licensing fee.
*Civil ceremonies performed at Marriage Commissioner’s Office.
We have made every effort to keep this information current and have brought forth only a few destinations and pertinent info. Please contact Hearts on the Go* to make any specific inquiry and we will do all that we can to get the information necessary for you to make an informed decision about planning your Destination Wedding and determining if a Civil or Religious Ceremony is what you need or might want.
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