If you’re planning a destination wedding in Aruba, you’ll need to know how to get an Aruba marriage license.
The most important thing to be aware of is that you need all documents to be submitted a month before your wedding date, so plan accordingly.
For a wedding to be considered legal on this Caribbean island, it needs to take place in the historic city hall located in downtown Oranjestad.
After having a civil marriage here, you can then have a religious ceremony in your place of worship or a romantic beach wedding!
You’ll want to contact the city hall in advance to determine a date and time for your civil ceremony because it can only take place during certain hours. If you want to do it on a Saturday, there may be an additional cost.
In order to receive your Aruba marriage license, you and your fiance will need your birth certificates with apostilles, passports/photo ID’s, two witnesses and their photo ID’s and Certificate of No Impediment with apostilles. No residency is required.
If either the bride or groom has been divorced or widowed, divorce decree or death certificate is required. All above documents need to be faxed for review one month before the wedding date. Once reviewed and approved, you’ll receive your Aruba marriage license.
If you’re planning a destination wedding it’s smart to hire a wedding planner if you can afford one. Many resorts in Aruba offer to help you with your planning and may assign you a coordinator. Your planner will know the ins and outs of the island and be knowledgeable about all of the marriage laws. Having the help of a professional will lower your stress!
Since legal requirements for a destination wedding in Aruba do change over time, you’re advised to check the official government website for exact details. You can find this up to date information here.