Getting Married in The Bahamas on a Cruise

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Getting Married in The Bahamas on a cruise

Hi, I'm Glenn Ferguson, your Bahamas wedding planner in Nassau with another spotlight on destination weddings in the Bahamas.


Today we are featuring Getting Married in The Bahamas on a Cruise.


Bahamas Cruise Wedding 


More brides and grooms are opting to have a wedding cruise rather than a church wedding resulting in the increased popularity of a Bahamas Cruise wedding.


And most of the major cruise lines including Disney, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines call on the Bahamas enabling brides and grooms to have their dream wedding in the Bahamas.


If you are thinking about getting married on a remote, secluded Bahamas Island some of the cruise lines also own their private Cay.

Can I get married in The Bahamas on a cruise?

You may be asking, can I get married in The Bahamas on a cruise? While you may choose to have your legal wedding prior to the cruise having a real Bahamas cruise wedding is possible and really simple. As the marriage laws in The Bahamas allow you to use time spent in Bahamian waters as part of the 24-hour residency requirement. And you will need a letter from your cruise indicating time spent in Bahamian water.


Allowing you enough time to have your wedding and receptions onshore at one of the many exotic beaches and resorts and return to the ship in time to continue your cruise. 


And you don't have to worry about the planning as all the arrangements can be made through your Bahamas wedding planner prior to boarding your cruise.

Are you legally married if you get married in The Bahamas on a cruise?

Yes, if you follow the legal requirements and procedures for marriage in The Bahamas, your marriage should be legally valid and recognized by your country of residence including the US and Canada. The Bahamas is a sovereign nation and has its own set of laws and regulations for marriage, which are designed to ensure that marriages are legally binding and recognized within its jurisdiction and around the world.


To get legally married in the Bahamas, you must obtain a marriage license from the Registrar General's Department and have your ceremony performed by a licensed Bahamas marriage officer. The marriage certificate issued by the Bahamian government serves as proof of the marriage's legality and can be used to register your marriage in other countries if necessary.


However, it's important to note that the legal recognition of a Bahamian marriage in other countries may depend on their own laws and regulations. Some countries may require additional steps, such as registering the marriage with their consulate or obtaining an apostille, to ensure that the marriage is recognized and legal in their jurisdiction. It's always best to consult with relevant authorities or seek legal advice in your home country to understand any additional steps that may be required.

How long does it take to get a marriage license in The Bahamas?

The processing time for obtaining a marriage license in the Bahamas is usually very quick and can be done on the same day if all the necessary documents are in order. However, it is important to note that there is a 24-hour residency period before you can apply for your marriage license. This waiting period is a legal requirement in The Bahamas and is satisfied by cruise passengers with a letter from their ship indicating time spent in Bahamian waters. 

What are the requirements to get a marriage license in The Bahamas?

To get a marriage license in The Bahamas, both parties must meet the following requirements:

  1. Both parties must be at least 18 years of age. If either party is under 18, written consent from both parents or legal guardians is required.
  2. Both parties must be unmarried. If either party has been previously married, proof of the dissolution of that marriage (divorce decree absolute or annulment certificate) must be presented.
  3. Both parties must be mentally competent to enter into marriage.
  4. Both parties must be present in The Bahamas at the time of the application for the marriage license.
  5. Both parties must present valid government-issued identification including passports or original birth certificates with photo identification.
  6. If either party has never been married before then an Affidavit of Single-hood sworn before a Justice of the Peace confirming that the person is single and eligible to marry must be presented.

How long does it take to get a marriage certificate in the Bahamas?

The processing time for obtaining a marriage certificate in The Bahamas can vary depending on several factors, such as the specific island where the marriage took place and the completeness of the documentation provided. However, in general, it can take up to 2-3 business days to obtain a marriage certificate in The Bahamas. It is important to note that the certificate will be issued by the Registrar General's Department in Nassau, regardless of the island where the marriage took place.

If you are considering a Bahamas cruise wedding call or Whatsapp me, Glenn Ferguson, your Bahamas wedding Planner in Nassau at 1-(242)-395-8495 and I'll get our talented team to help you plan an amazing and truly memorable Bahamas cruise wedding.


Looking forward to celebrating with you at your Bahamas cruise wedding.


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