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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Can I get married in the Cayman Islands?

A: Yes you can. Like so many other Caribbean islands, destination weddings are becoming all the rage and Cayman Islands is no exception. In fact, visitors to this British Overseas Territory can get married on the day of their arrival. Popular among the cruise industry, there’s been many a couple who have tied the knot here as they “make tender,” cruise talk for disembarking. Having said that, to make sure things are snag-free it’s a good idea to make all the arrangements in advance to ensure your special day really does happen.

You don’t want to run into blunders only to discover you have arrived during a legal holiday when government offices are closed. Or to find out you have to be back on the boat in the mid-day when your wedding slot has been scheduled for sunset.

To assist in your wedding planning here’ s a quick To Do List to make sure your “I do’s” go as planned: You will need a special license granted by the Governor for non-resident couples. Make arrangements for a Cayman Islands marriage officer before applying for the license. You’ll need two witnesses, documentation proving citizenship and age (passport or birth certificate) and marital status; if on a cruise, you’ll need an international embarkation/disembarkation card immigration showing legal entry into the Cayman Islands.

And remember the minimum legal age for getting married without parental consent is 18 years. For favourite wedding locales consider marrying at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, or overlooking the Caribbean on the grounds of Pedro St. James. This is the birthplace of Caymanian democracy.

For more intimacy, couples also love to tie the knot along the famed Seven Mile Beach. For full information on how you can have an island wedding in the Cayman Islands, visit the Cayman Islands Tourism Office online, www.caymanislands.ky/canada. They have an excellent wedding guide you can download which describes legal requirements, locales and more.

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