Planning your Wedding
- Wedding Dresses
- Wedding Bands, Engagement Rings & Bridal Gifts
- Duty on Wedding Gifts
- Wedding Cakes & Catering
- Wedding Celebrants & Planners
- Wedding Flowers
- Wedding Hair & Make Up
- Wedding Music & Entertainment
- Wedding Photographers & Videographers
- Wedding Locations
- Wedding Stationery & Invitations
- Wedding Transportation
- Wedding Dance Classes & Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
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.
If you have been previously married, you will also need your original divorce decree or spouse’s death certificate. If the decree or certificate is in a language other than English then you will need an English translation certified by a Notary Public.
If a visitor is marrying a resident, your wedding celebrant is required to ask you certain questions to make sure you are not entering into a marriage of convenience. A marriage of convenience is where the two parties enter into the marriage for the sole purpose of obtaining immigration rights as a spouse of a Caymanian. This is illegal in the Cayman Islands, as in most countries.
Most marriage celebrants will charge a fee for the documentation, booking, preliminary interview, publishing the Banns, conducting the ceremony and filing your marriage with the appropriate government office. The average cost of this is CI$300 and some of this is non-refundable.
Ministers of Religion may or may not charge a fee if you are a member of their congregation and they may have other requirements according to the requirements of the church. All documents, including the Notice of Marriage, must be received and be in order before the wedding can take place.
The Department of Counselling Services (Tel: (345) 949 8789) offers pre-marital counselling and marriage counselling for couples. All services are provided free of charge by the Cayman Islands Government and performed by qualified professionals.
When shopping for engagement rings and wedding bands you will find every gemstone and style on display – from dazzling diamonds in every imaginable cut and size, to alternatives such as Cayman’s local Caymanite, a semi-precious stone of the ‘dolostone’ family.
Creating a memorable first dance and bachelor or bachelorette party is a top priority when planning your wedding.