The Legalities


New York

Getting married in New York is very easy as the main objective is to organise the Marriage Licence. This is valid for 24 hours after approval is given, and then is valid for 60 days thereafter. Once the Marriage Licence is organised then you are ready to officially tie the knot – simple!

Oman

Getting legally married in Oman is easier than in neighbouring Dubai, but it does need to be a religious ceremony rather than a civil ceremony. If it cannot be a religious ceremony, then you both must be living in Oman. The appropriate steps that you need to take would be contacting the relevant local authorities, before swearing an affidavit at the embassy. 

Peru

For non-Peruvian residents, you will need to obtain a marriage visa and only civil ceremonies are legal. So if you desire a religious wedding, you will need to get married in the municipality. For the rest of the necessary legal documentation, you will need to get them translated into Spanish and this can take three to four months, so ensure that you leave plenty of time.

South Africa

It is relatively straight-forward to marry in South Africa. The legal requirements in South Africa are pretty similar to Western countries, with the exception of there being no residency requirements for foreign nationals. This makes the whole process much easier. If you or your partner are not citizens of South Africa, then you both need to complete the BI-31 form (Declaration for the Purpose of Marriage) with a Marriage Officer present.

Spain

Spain is not the easiest country to marry in Europe. To get married in Spain, you need to meet two criteria: you or your partner have been living in Spain for the past two years or if you or your partner are Catholic. For other religions, you can still celebrate your marriage in Spain, but the legalities of it will have to be done in your home country. 

Sri Lanka

Can I Legally get Married in Sri Lanka? With it’s stunning beaches and beautiful greenery, Sri Lanka is certainly a versatile island for your destination wedding, whether that be anywhere from Galle to Colombo. The good news is it is very straightforward to tie the knot here. With venues including The Fortress Resort and the …

Tanzania

Can I Legally get Married in Tanzania? Conjuring up visions of safaris, Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is certainly the perfect romantic wedding destination. Whether you’re looking for a paradise wedding at Elewana Kilindi in Tanzania or a safari wedding at Serengeti National Park, this is the one for you. If you’re thinking of …

Thailand

It is surprisingly easy to marry in Thailand, and the whole process can be completed relatively quickly. The key step that you will need to take is obtaining an ‘Affirmation of Freedom to Marry’ from the embassy, before professionally translating it into Thai. It will then need to be legalised at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Caribbean

Getting married in Barbados is uncomplicated and simple because there is no minimum length of stay or waiting period, on a number of the islands. You will need to obtain a marriage licence from the Marriage Officer who will perform the ceremony. Documentation such as passports, birth certificates and return plane tickets are also needed.

The Maldives

Non-residents of the Maldives are not able to legally get married on the island, but you can still celebrate your marriage there having carried out the legalities in your own country.

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