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.