The Cayman Islands, well-known as a tourist mecca, is also one of the most romantic places in the world to get married. Not only does Cayman offer a superb location with stunning views, world class beaches, great weather, wonderful venues and plenty of professionals to help you organise your big day, but getting married in Cayman is also an easy process, leaving you to concentrate on enjoying your special day. There are two very different processes for getting married in the Cayman Islands, depending on whether you are a resident or a visitor to the Island.
Residents must be married by having their Banns of Marriage published by a Civil Registrar or Marriage Officer for seven clear days before the marriage can take place. This is to give anyone who might object to the marriage the opportunity to make their objection known, in writing, to your wedding celebrant.
Visitors must be married under the authority of the Governor’s Special Marriage Licence, which can be arranged as soon as you arrive on-Island. Most people will have selected a wedding celebrant, called a Civil Registrar or Marriage Officer, before they arrive. The reason for this is so that your wedding celebrant can assess your documents and see that they are in order. Doing this in advance will save you disappointment and make sure you have the correct documents to obtain Your Special Marriage Licence. For more information on getting married in Cayman while on vacation, visit the Weddings page on our sister website, Explore Cayman.
If one party to the marriage is a resident, and the other party a visitor, then the couple must be married by Banns. The Resident party can apply for the Banns to be published before the visiting party arrives. Banns of Marriage are valid for three months from the date of publication.
Please note the minimum age to get married in the Cayman Islands is 16; however, anyone under 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian. Weddings must take place between the hours of 6am and 8pm. Also, according to liquor licensing laws, if you get married on a Sunday (on a liquor-licensed premise), then no live music can be played. Civil unions between two men or two women are not legal in the Cayman Islands at the present time.
For more information on marrying in Cayman see the Cayman Islands Government’s website at www.gov.ky.
Couples who are on vacation or are arriving on a cruise ship can marry in Cayman under a special licence. You will need to select a Marriage Officer before you arrive and they will help you arrange a certified copy of a non-residents marriage licence, which is needed to be married in Cayman.
Most residents get married on Saturdays, which means you should book early to secure the date with your wedding celebrant. You will have to have a preliminary interview with your wedding celebrant and complete a form called a ‘Notice of Marriage/ Banns’, which is valid for three months. When you attend the interview, you will need to take your passports and proof of your immigration status (e.g. work permit, residency certificate, etc.), if applicable.
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