Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
A tropical paradise for the ultimate Caribbean wedding
Because it’s easy to organise and it’s the perfect romantic setting. Barbados is an idyllic pear‐shaped coral limestone island, the most easterly of the eastern Caribbean islands. Intimate and relaxed, it yet boasts a remarkably varied landscape: in just an hour you can pass through the lush rain forest of St Thomas, the rugged rocky coast of St Joseph, and the gentle, sloping hills of St. Andrew.
The famed west coast offers white sand beaches lapped by warm Caribbean waters and is known for some of the most sophisticated hotels in the Caribbean. Venture away from the resort areas to find cane fields and plantation houses, familiar cricket grounds, hilly headlands and caves. The south coast boasts white sands and foaming surf, a combination favoured by windsurfers and beach lovers.
For three decades Barbados was under British Rule so don’t be surprised when you stumble across Nelson’s column in Trafalgar Square or strangely familiar place names such as Hastings or Scotland!
You can have a civil or religious ceremony in Barbados. Couples can choose from a wide range of venues, from ocean‐facing to tropical beach to a traditional synagogue or church.
If you wish to get married in a Catholic church, you’ll need your local bishop to send the following documents to the Bishop of the diocese of Bridgetown:
Your bishop should send these documents to:
The Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgetown
St Patrick’s Presbytery
PO Box 1223
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Application for a marriage licence must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs (see Where can I find further information?).
Ministry of Home Affairs,
Level 5, Post Office Building,
Tel: 001 246 228 8960
Barbados Tourism Authority
263 Tottenham Court Road
London W1T 7LA
Tel: 0207 636 9448
British High Commission
Lower Collymore Rock
P.O. Box 676
Tel: 001 246 430 7800
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