Getting Married In St. Kitts and Nevis: Legal Requirements

St. Kitts FlagIn the Caribbean almost every island has their own marriage laws and requirements.

Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to get married in either St. Kitts or Nevis if you aren’t a citizen.

There are a few simple steps you need to take to get a marriage license and then you can have your destination wedding!

It’s important to know that either the bride or groom needs to be on the island for at least two days prior to the wedding date.

This waiting period is definitely doable and isn’t too much of a hassle unless you’re visiting during a cruise.

Head to the Legal Department to obtain your marriage license that can only be paid for by stamps purchased from the Post Office in Charlestown. The application form needs to be filled out in front of a Justice of the Peace.

Both the bride and the groom will need a valid passport or birth certificate. Additional documents needed to get a Saint Kitts and Nevis marriage license are an affidavit confirming their single status if neither party has ever been married. If either party has been widowed or divorced hen they need the death certificate or the Decree Absolute.

If the couple chooses to have their ceremony performed by a Catholic priest then the ceremony needs to be held in a Catholic church and they need a letter from their priest back home verifying that they are known and unmarried. This is the same for some other religions as well.

Since legal marriage requirements in Saint Kitts and Nevis may change over time, you’re advised to check the official government website for exact details. You can find up to date information here.

Getting a Saint Kitts and Nevis marriage license isn’t very difficult, which is another great reason why this two-island state is a great location for a destination wedding. Saint Kitts and Nevis provides multiple settings for your marriage ceremony. Choose from historic churches, plantations, beautiful beaches or gardens.

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