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Why get married in the British Virgin Islands?

The picture postcard beaches, luxury hideaway hotels and stunning diving are a huge draw for couples looking to get married in the British Virgin Islands. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operate scheduled flights from London Gatwick to Antigua with onwards flights to Tortola with Liat.
Each of the islands has its own unique character and we can talk you through the different options available then advise you on the best choice for your wedding requirements. Getting married in the BVI's with it's quiet beaches, yachting retreats and turquoise Caribbean waters is a wonderful choice for couples.
Getting Married in the British Virgin Islands - the requirements in brief...
Both the bride and groom must plan to reside in the Virgin Islands for at least one day and attend the Registrar-General’s Office in the Burhym Building, Road Town to make their application for marriage between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (the document processing time is 24 hours, however once granted it is then valid for 3 months from the date it was signed).

The application must be signed in the presence of two or more witnesses

Documents required:

  • proof of identity / citizenship (birth certificate or valid passport plus drivers licence with photo)
  • proof of status – if single a declaration is signed; if married previously, present original divorce documents (Decree Absolute) or death certificate
  • if either party has had their name changed by deed poll, legal proof is required which has been certified by a solicitor or lawyer. This is also the case if a previously married woman has reverted to her maiden name
  • if either party has been adopted then an original copy of the certificate is required, or a certified copy
  • written parental consent if either party is under the age of 18

Fees and stamp duty are payable and all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

The marriage must be celebrated in the presence of two or more witnesses, however these do not need to be the same witnesses who attended the application for marriage.


Our team at Caribbean Weddings can help you with your choice of hotel, island and itinerary on 01752 880 890 or