Getting Married In Barbuda and Antigua: Legal Requirements

Island WeddingIt’s not difficult to get an Antigua and Barbuda marriage license, which makes it a great location for a Caribbean destination wedding.

As with most places, in order to get married on the island you need to be over 18 years old and have two witnesses.

Unlike an ordinary license, where you have to be a resident of Antigua and Barbuda for 15 days, you don’t need to be a resident to get a special license.

In order to obtain a special license, you’ll need to follow three easy steps.

The first step is to go to the Ministry of Justice in downtown St. John’s with your valid passports. You’ll then need to complete the application for the license. Lastly, you’ll pay a few necessary fees. The marriage license fee is usually $150.

While you’re at the Ministry of Justice, both parties must be present and you’ll need to prove you’re both single. If divorced or widowed you need to show divorce papers or a death certificate.

Once you have your special license, you can get married right away in Antigua and Barbuda! Be aware during your planning that the wedding ceremony has to take place between 6am and 8pm.

Since legal requirements for a destination wedding in Antigua and Barbuda 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.

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