Due to the strict French law, many couples chose to tie the knot on the Dutch side of the island, St. Maarten.
Fortunately, the French law has been updated and it’s now easier to get a St. Martin marriage license!
Civil ceremonies are held only at the Collectivité of St Martin Salles des mariages. A letter stating the date you want to get married and your names need to be sent to the President of the Collectivité. Before the ceremony you need to get your marriage file together which includes multiple documents!
Then you have to register the file at the “Service Etat Civil de la Collectivité”. Following that, there’s a publication of the wedding banns for a period of 10 days. The ceremony cannot take place before the 10 day publication period. This is important to know and you will need to plan your trip accordingly!
The marriage file includes photocopies of ID for the bride and groom, full birth certificates issued within the last 6 months with a French translation, Apostil Stamp, copy of proof of address, photocopies of witnesses ID and “Certificat de coutume” stating the laws of the country regarding marriage.
If either party has been divorced or widowed then you’ll also need proof of divorce or death certificate. If either party is in the military then you’ll need authorization from your superior. Since legal marriage requirements in St. Martin may change over time, you’re advised to check the official government website for exact details. You can find up to date information here!
St. Martin is a very romantic Caribbean destination and although it’s more difficult than some places to get a marriage license, it’s definitely worth it in the end! As long as you plan ahead you shouldn’t have any issues. It’s recommended to get a wedding planner so you can make sure you follow all the requirements!
Once you have your St. Martin marriage license, you can then have your ceremony. If you wish to have the ceremony on the beach then you may want to get married on the Dutch side or do it legally back home and then have a celebrating in St. Martin.