Marrying a Bajan

Old Mar 19th 2008, 4:00 pm
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Hi there

My partner and I are getting married in July but cannot decide between Barbados or the UK. He is Bajan, I am English.

I understand all the paperwork we need to get together to marry in England but does anyone know what we need to do for Barbados? Do I need a special visa or do we need to write to the government etc?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Old Mar 19th 2008, 10:31 pm
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OK, found this for you...

Barbados Marriage Requirements
It is very easy to get married in Barbados as there is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay. Application for a marriage licence must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs in the capital city Bridgetown. You will require:

Valid passports or birth certificates.
Return tickets.
If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgment.
If either party was previously married and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse.
For a Roman Catholic ceremony, the relevant documents must be sent by your bishop to the bishop of Bridgetown.
Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
You may contact the Ministry of Home Affairs at tel: 246-228-8950, fax: 246-437-3794

Congratulations!

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Thanks so much for this. Have found out that a marriage in Barbados isn't valid in the UK though - has anyone got around this?
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I don't believe that can be true for a second, lots of people from the UK come here specifically to get married. Where did you hear this?

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The general registry office website says that you can only register a wedding that takes place abroad for a list of approved countries. Barbados doesn't appear to be on that list.

I also thought it was strange, given how many English people marry in resorts on the island!
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I see lots of profiles of UK couples marrying here in Friends Magazine-- that can't possibly be true!!!
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Old Mar 20th 2008, 7:04 pm
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I had a look at the site and it is basically saying you can't register the marriage in the register in the UK, it does not mean it is not legal.

I was married in Zambia, did not even think about registrering it in the UK, when we divorced we still divorced as normal through the British courts.

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Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.
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Originally Posted by afish View Post
Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.
Wow, thanks, a first for me...!

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couldn't imagine what that would do to the Marriage Business in Barbados if that was true...
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