What To Expect From your Bahamas Wedding Package
The Bahamas offers a picturesque location for any weddings. Picture an intimate wedding on a sandbar, with miles of ocean around you. You can hold an intimate ceremony with your friends and family, or just the two of you, then island hop for a romantic honeymoon too. The luxurious resorts host many attractive venues and great wedding packages. Our selection of properties offer a range of packages to cater to size, budget, and taste. From small boutiques to well-known all-inclusive resorts, there's something for everyone. Packages range from simplicity to grand affairs. Choose your package to suit your needs, whether it be an intimate ceremony for 2 with a private romantic dinner, a gathering of 10 with an elegant beachfront dinner and bouquets and photography, to a larger party with a photobooth, dance floor, rooftop cocktail and starlight reception, with a romantic video of your ceremony. For our current Bahamian properties, you’ll be holding your wedding events in the resort, and will have an experienced wedding coordinator helping you every step of the way.
Legalities, Requirements, & Same-Sex Weddings
For a symbolic in the Bahamas, you need to arrive 2 business days before your ceremony, 3 days for a legal ceremony, and your arrival day counts as day 0. If arriving on Friday, you can be married on the following Wednesday. To apply for your legal licence both parties must have arrived a full 24 hours before submitting the application, you must be in The Bahamas when making the application, and the license can take up to 48 hours to come through.
Your legal fees, such as the notary and translation costs are not included in your wedding package, however some resorts will include the services of a judge or minister in their more comprehensive packages. Legal fees in The Bahamas are very affordable. Your dedicated in-resort wedding coordinator will help you with the legal arrangements. After your ceremony, you will be sent your notarised and translated marriage license to your home address. This can take 8 – 12 weeks to come through.
In The Bahamas same-sex marriages are not allowed. This means resorts are not able to hold symbolic, nor legal ceremonies. If you're looking for a legal same-sex wedding in the Caribbean, Mexico would be the best choice, followed by Costa Rica. Symbolic ceremonies are also available in the Dominican Republic in selected resorts.