To be legally wed in Antigua and Barbuda there are 3 easy steps:
1. Visit the Ministry of Justice in downtown St. Johns, Antigua with your passports & documents.
2. Complete application and pay fee.
3. Confirm date and time with marriage officer.
Fees and wedding date– Most resorts will include the licensing fee in their wedding packages, will assist in the legalities and confirm your wedding date & time prior to your arrival. Fees are a registration fee of US$40 that must be paid at the courthouse in the new government buildings on Queen Elizabeth Highway. The application fee for the special marriage license is US$150, and the Marriage Officer’s fee is US$50.
Waiting time and legal proceedings- one (1) business day is required before legal proceedings can begin. Couples must attend the Ministry of Legal Affairs in St. John’s and complete and sign a declaration stating that the information they are giving is correct. Please note the Ministry is not open on weekends or public holidays. If there is any doubt as to either person’s single status, it may be necessary to swear an affidavit before a solicitor (approximately US$40 each).
What documents to bring- valid passports; immigration cards, stamped locally at airport; if divorced, original of the proof of Decree Absolute; if widowed, original of the death certificate; original proof if name changed by Deed Poll; if under 18 years, evidence of consent of parents is required in the form of an original Affidavit by a Notary Public. All documents such as birth certificates and Decree Absolutes must be officially translated into English.
Can I be married in a Church? Yes, but it requires the permission from the church authorities where you wish to be married. Have your pastor contact the church to establish the requirements. Some churches ask that the couple attend pre-nuptial consultations. Allow some extra time if planning a church ceremony.
Renewal of Vows and Symbolic ceremony – No license is required. Simply contact the resort or wedding planner to confirm date and time!
Cruise Wedding- why not be married in port rather than on the ship! You can be married the same day as your arrival as long as you apply for your marriage license before the Ministry of Legal Affairs closes.
The Ministry of Legal Affairs is open Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm and on Fridays from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Flights which arrive into Antigua after 3:00pm will not permit couples to get to the Ministry of Justice in time to apply for the Special Marriage License. In such cases, the couple can arrange for the marriage to take place either the next day after completing the application process, or, on any available day thereafter.
Consulate General, located in Toronto- 416-961-3143
Antigua & Barbuda Tourism office, located in Toronto- 416- 961-3085