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Cost of a Bahamas Destination Wedding Cost of a Bahamas Destination Wedding

Cost of a Bahamas Destination Wedding

$20,000 to $25,000 for a micro-wedding and $35,000 to $50,000 for a guest count that hits around 50 people. More luxury experiences can be had for $200,000 to $250,000.

Best Time for a Bahamas Wedding

The spring and fall, because the humidity has not kicked in. Winter is also a good time because the climate is cooler. The rainy season is from May through October, but there will not be constant monsoon-type rains—just occasional showers.

Planning Tips for a Bahamas Wedding

Avoid the Holidays
Christmas is really big as is New Year’s. Along with the risk of overcrowding at your chosen hotel, it’s also worth noting that, you may encounter surcharges for holding your celebration on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve at the resorts that do allow them.

Plan for Your Marriage License

Waiting period for a marriage license to become valid in the Bahamas is only 24 hours, so you will be able to legally wed shortly after receiving it. At your appointment with the Registrar General’s office, you’ll also need to prove that you’ve been in the Bahamas for at least 24 hours, which you can do by presenting your Immigration Card. If you’ve been married previously, you’ll need to present a certified copy of your divorce decree or death certificate of your former spouse. The Bahamian Marriage certificate is fully legally recognized in the U.S. once it is certified by an Apostille.

Cost of a Bahamas Destination Wedding

$20,000 to $25,000 for a micro-wedding and $35,000 to $50,000 for a guest count that hits around 50 people. More luxury experiences can be had for $200,000 to $250,000.

Best Time for a Bahamas Wedding

The spring and fall, because the humidity has not kicked in. Winter is also a good time because the climate is cooler. The rainy season is from May through October, but there will not be constant monsoon-type rains—just occasional showers.

Planning Tips for a Bahamas Wedding

Avoid the Holidays
Christmas is really big as is New Year’s. Along with the risk of overcrowding at your chosen hotel, it’s also worth noting that, you may encounter surcharges for holding your celebration on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve at the resorts that do allow them.

Plan for Your Marriage License

Waiting period for a marriage license to become valid in the Bahamas is only 24 hours, so you will be able to legally wed shortly after receiving it. At your appointment with the Registrar General’s office, you’ll also need to prove that you’ve been in the Bahamas for at least 24 hours, which you can do by presenting your Immigration Card. If you’ve been married previously, you’ll need to present a certified copy of your divorce decree or death certificate of your former spouse. The Bahamian Marriage certificate is fully legally recognized in the U.S. once it is certified by an Apostille.

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FAQ's FAQ's

How do I book a wedding at vacationgobahamas?

Contact vacationgobahamas 1-242-434-7603

What do I need to know before contacting vacationgobahamas?

You should have your budget, estimated number of guests and a date. If possible choose an alternate date in case your first choice is not available.

When should I reserve my wedding date?

Usually 6-9 months is sufficient, but we can accommodate bookings more than 12 months in advance as well. A minimum of 30 days is required to plan a wedding from vacationgobahamas planning options.

Do I need to have a Passport?

Yes, the United States Government requires all US citizens returning to the US to have a passport. Please check your local Passport Office for details.

What requirements are needed for my wedding in The Bahamas?

Both parties must be in The Bahamas at the time of the application.

The Bahamas Law states that the couple must be a resident in The Bahamas for 48 hours prior to the date of the application. HOWEVER, couples can file for their paperwork the next day after their arrival i.e. if you arrive on Wednesday you can apply for your license on Thursday. You will be required to bring the copy of Bahamas Immigration form which you receive upon entering the Bahamas. This form will state the length of time you will be staying in the Bahamas.

If either party is a minor (a person under 18 years of age), parental consent is required.

If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy (with a raised or colored seal) must be produced. For European residents, the original decree or a certified copy (with a raised or colored seal) must be produced in the native language along with a translated certified or notarized copy in English.

If either party is widowed, the death certificate of the deceased spouse must be produced.

If either party is unmarried, for a citizen or resident of the US, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a U.S. Consul at the American Embassy for a fee, or a Bahamian Notary Public.

If either party is unmarried and is a citizen or resident of a country other than the US, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a Notary Public or other person authorized to administer oaths in that country and must accompany the application for the marriage license.

The parties must produce some form of identification that has a photograph attached. The identification document must be issued by a Government Office in the country where the parties reside. A passport is required for persons who are residents of a Commonwealth country.

The parties must produce evidence of the date of their arrival in The Islands of the Bahamas (i.e., airline ticket, immigration card).

No blood test is necessary.

For couples from European countries who may also require an Apostille copy of the marriage certificate, this can be obtained after the ceremony, once the couple submits an application at the Registrar General's office in Nassau. The process takes seven to ten days.

Weddings must be held before sunset.

When will I receive my marriage certificate?

Once you have exchanged vows, the certificate will be prepared by the Registrar General Office and will be available within 7-10 business days after the wedding. Saturdays, Sundays and Bahamian Holidays are not considered business days. Additional Certified Copies are available for an additional fee.

Will my marriage license be legal in my country?

Yes, The Bahamas marriage license is a legal document issued by The Bahamas government.

Can we provide our own minister?

Yes, as long as he or she is licensed to practice in The Bahamas. If your minister is not licensed to practice in The Bahamas, they can still perform the service. However, you are still required to hire a local minister to sign all legal documents.

Do you have any suggestions for planning my wedding?

Create a wedding binder for your inspirations, budget, and timeline. Create Pinterest boards for inspiration, clip pictures from magazines, visit relevant wedding websites, and make notes about what you’ve liked at other weddings you’ve attended. Speak to a variety of vendors, visit their websites, and select the vendors that fit best with your style, budget, and personality. Rely on your wedding sales manager and celebration specialist for advice and referrals. ENJOY!

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