With more than 700 islands to choose from, the Bahamas are a popular choice for destination weddings. Beautiful sandy beaches and luxury resorts draw thousands of couples to the islands every year.
Each island has its own resorts and scenic hideaways for couples planning a destination wedding. You can get married on the beach, in a tropical garden, or even in a cathedral. There are also many resorts and wedding packages to choose from to fit any budget. Most resorts even have their own wedding planners to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions for couples planning a wedding in the Bahamas.
Is a Wedding Performed in the Bahamas Legally Binding in the U.S.?
- A wedding performed in the Bahamas is legally binding in the United States and other countries.
- The marriage license must be obtained in the Bahamas, and both the bride and groom must arrive in the Bahamas and apply for the license a minimum of 24 hours before the planned wedding.
- No blood tests are required before getting married in the Bahamas.
- Weddings can be performed on the weekend, but the license must be obtained during regular weekday office hours.
- A wedding planner located in the Bahamas will help a couple make sure they have all the required documentation to apply for a marriage license. Additional documentation is necessary if the bride or groom is widowed or divorced, and a wedding planner can help make sure all the couple’s paperwork is in order beforehand to avoid any problems after they arrive in the Bahamas. The fee for the marriage license is also often included in the wedding planner’s fee.
- In order to get married in the Bahamas the couple must be at least 18 years of age. Minors can be married with an affidavit of parental consent.
What Questions Should You Ask Your Wedding Planner?
- Because you will not be able to see the location of the wedding beforehand, you will be relying on your wedding planner to be your eyes and ears for you. After finding a potential wedding planner, the first thing you need to find out is how much the wedding planner charges, how much of a down payment is required, and when the balance is due. Some resorts will include wedding planning fees in an overall wedding package.
- Ask how many guests will be able to be accommodated at the chosen location. There may be additional fees if extra guests are invited, so make sure to find out how much the cost is for additional guests.
- In the Bahamas there are a number of resources for wedding flowers. Ask the wedding planner if flowers will be available at the wedding site, or if flowers are available close by.
- If you need to rent tuxedos, find out if they will be able to accommodate your request if you are only going to be on the island for a short period of time. Some rentals need to be arranged several days in advance.
- Is there a back up location if it rains the day of the wedding? Make sure that there is an alternate indoor location in case of inclement weather.
- Keep in mind that the person performing the wedding ceremony has to be licensed in the Bahamas in order to perform the ceremony. Make sure the resort can accommodate your religious preference. For instance, Rabbis are not available at some resorts.
- Make sure you work out details for the video, photography, the reception, etc. You can plan these details yourself, or your wedding planner can plan them for you.
- If you are on a tight budget, ask if there is a discount for planning a wedding during the off season between May and November.
Because the Bahamas are so close to the United States, they are an ideal choice for couples looking to plan a romantic beach wedding. With help from a local wedding planner, you can have the destination wedding of your dreams.
Marva Munroe is the owner of Bahamas Destination Weddings Group. She is an expert wedding planner for destination weddings in the Bahamas. Marva has brought happiness to countless couples married on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas over the past ten years.