French law states that either the bride or groom needs to be a resident of Martinique for at least 30 days.
It’s not always possible to go off and live on an island for a month. This is why many people who choose Martinique for their wedding celebration have the official legal ceremony in their home country and then travel to the Caribbean island with close friends and family for an unofficial wedding ceremony or reception.
Along with the residency requirement the couple also needs to take a blood test. Their medical certificates need to be issued by a doctor on the island within 3 months of the wedding date. Additional necessary documents are original birth certificates or copy with a raised seal, a residency card and certificate of good conduct proving single status.
All of the above documents needs to also be translated into French. Once all documents are received, the marriage announcement will be posted at City Hall in the town the couple is getting married in. Fortunately, there are no marriage license fees in Martinique. A “Bulletin de Mariage” and “Livret de Famille” are delivered at the ceremony.
Although it’s a long and difficult process, if you’re able to abide by all of the requirements Martinique is a beautiful place to have the wedding of your dreams! Since legal marriage requirements in Martinique may change over time, you’re advised to check the official government website for exact details. You can find up to date information here.