Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
With its laid‐back lifestyle, perfect weather and totally tropical flavour, Antigua is many couple’s idea of the perfect beach wedding venue…
Boasting 365 picturesque coves and secluded bays, with fine, white sand and clear blue seas, Antigua’s beaches certainly make up for its lack of tropical scenery. Stay here for a year, as they say, and you could relax on a different beach every single day.
The largest of the British Leeward islands, Antigua is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide. Temperatures generally range from the mid‐70s in the winter to the mid‐80s in the summer. The annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands.
Typically, a discreet surfside ceremony, perhaps part of a specialist package booked with a top hotel. Imagine plighting your troth under a beach‐front gazebo, surrounded by white spray and the scent of bougainvillea…
The marriage ceremony in Antigua is legal and binding. If you wish to get married in a church, you need permission from the local church authorities. Some churches ask that the couple attend pre‐nuptial consultations, so you should allow extra time to plan this. Contact the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism for a list of churches on the island (see Where can I find further information?).
Your wedding ceremony may be performed by the Registrar or the Deputy Registrar in the Registrar’s Office, or by a Civil Marriage Officer at an appointed place and time, between the hours of 6am and 8pm.
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You must visit the Ministry of Justice on Lower Nevis Street in St John’s with your valid passports, complete the application, pay your fees and confirm a time and date for the ceremony with a marriage officer.
The Ministry of Legal Affairs is open Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm and on Fridays from 8am to 3pm. The wedding can take place the following day.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Office
15 Thayer Street
London W1U 3JT
Tel: 020 7486 7073
High Commission for Antigua and Barbuda
2nd floor, 45 Crawford Place,
Tel: 020 7258 0070
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