Getting married in St. Kitts is very easy and no residency is required. Couples planning a St. Kitts Caribbean wedding are only required to obtain a marriage license and have the following documents:
- A valid passport or photo I.D. for each party.
- Original or certified copy of their birth certificates.
- An affidavit confirming single status if a party has never been married before.
- If a party is divorced, a decree absolute (an original or certified copy showing the court’s stamp or seal) must be presented.
- If a party is widowed, a copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse must be presented.
- If documents are not in English they must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
If a Catholic priest is to perform the ceremony, the couple must receive marriage counseling session from their parish priest and submit the required Catholic documents. A letter must come from the couple’s resident priest verifying that they are unmarried and that they have received the necessary instructions. All Catholic weddings take place in a church.
If an Anglican or other minister of religion is to perform the ceremony, it is recommended that a letter be brought from the couple’s resident minister verifying that they are known and unmarried.
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Marriage licenses are obtained through the Legal Department in the Administration Building. Application forms must be completed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace. Forms are available from the Legal Department or at the Magistrates Court in Charlestown. The following documents are required:
- Both parties must have a valid passport or birth certificate with photo I.D.
- If a party has never been married, an affidavit confirming their single status is required which can be obtained from a Notary Public in the home country or via a Notary Public on Nevis.
- If either party is a widow or widower, they must have a copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse.
- If either party is divorced, they must have the original or a notarized copy of the Decree Absolute. If it is not in English, a notarized translation is required.
If the marriage is to be conducted by a specific minister or priest, it must take place at the respective church and both parties must have a letter from their home minister or priest verifying that they are known and unmarried. In addition, if the marriage is to take place in a Roman Catholic Church, the home priest must verify that they have received all required instruction. For wedding packages in the Caribbean, contact a Caribbean Weddings specialist today!