Approximately 5,000 couples get married in Jamaica each year making it one of the sought after locations for destination weddings.
With miles of white sand beaches, historic great houses, and beautiful gardens, it’s no surprise that the island has been voted among the most romantic wedding destinations, and counted among the Caribbean’s and world’s leading honeymoon destinations.
Jamaica makes it simple for straight couples planning a destination wedding. There are no residency requirements, however, couples must have been on the island for 24 hours. No blood tests are required.
Couples who have been granted a marriage license by the Ministry of Justice can be married on any day of the week, however the nuptials must be performed by 6 p.m. (or by dusk) on any day of the week, and must have at least two witnesses, aged 18 or older, present.
If a couple hasn’t been on the island for the requisite period, getting married in Jamaica might still not be a problem as some marriage officials can apply for the marriage license on their behalf.
To get a license yourself, go to the Ministry of Justice, which is located at 2 Oxford Road in Kingston. Office hours are from 9 a.m – 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and until 3 p.m. on Fridays. You’ll need to have provide the following:
* Proof of citizenship – certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name.
* If under 18 years, written consent from a parent.
* If divorced, you must present the original or a certified copy of your Certificate of Divorce.
* If you are a widow or widower, you must show a copy of your spouse’s Death Certificate.
* For original documents that are in a language other than English, certified translation of documents must be presented.
* Certified copies of name changes or legal adoption papers, if applicable.
* Photocopy of photo ID (Driver’s License or Passport).
* Job Titles of Bride and Groom.
Getting married in Jamaica is easy but only for straight couples. Jamaica, unfortunately, does not recognize same sex marriages.
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