Bermuda: Getting married

Bermuda offers countless ideal settings for weddings and honeymoons. Following is a guide to wedding procedures:

Filing Your Intention

  • Couples who wish to get married in Bermuda first must file a "Notice of Intended Marriage" form with the Registrar General, accompanied by a fee of $165 in Bermuda or U.S. dollars or in the form of a money order, cashier's check or bank draft made payable to the Accountant General, Hamilton, Bermuda. Personal checks are not accepted. The fee should be sent or delivered personally to the Registrar General at the Government Administration Building, 30 Parliament St., Hamilton HM 12 Bermuda; (441) 295-5151, fax (441) 292-4568.
  • Keep in mind that mail to Bermuda from the U.S. can take from six to 10 days. Notice of Intended Marriage forms are available from Bermuda Department of Tourism offices throughout the U.S., including New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles, and from the Registrar General in Bermuda.
  • Copies of final divorce decrees must accompany the Notice of Intended Marriage form for all divorced people wishing to be married in Bermuda. No blood tests or health certificates are required. Publishing the Notice of Intended Marriage
  • After the Notice of Intended Marriage is received by the Registrar General, it is published in two local newspapers, including names, current marital status and addresses. Assuming there is no formal objection, the Registry will issue the license 14 days after receiving notice. The license must be issued within three months of the receipt of the notice and remains valid for three months from the date of issue.
  • The Ceremony

  • Civil ceremonies are performed in the Registry by appointment only Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and noon. The fee is $161, which includes the ceremony and marriage certificate. The "Marriage Room," where the ceremony takes place, is beautifully decorated and very intimate.
  • Non-Bermudians who wish to marry in a Roman Catholic Church are considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Bishop of Hamilton, Box HM 1191, Hamilton, HM EX, Bermuda, for more information. Fees for religious ceremonies vary.
  • Many hotels will help make wedding and reception arrangements, from reserving the church, to hiring a horse and buggy, photographer, etc. In addition, there are on-island wedding consultants available for hire to assist with other details, including:
  • The Wedding Salon

    Box HM 2085, Hamilton, HM HX, Bermuda, (441) 292-5677

    The Bridal Suite

    Box SN 96, Southampton, SN BX, Bermuda, (441) 292-2025

    Bermuda Wedding Associates

    Box CR 228, Crawl Hill, Hamilton, CRBX, (441) 293-4033

    The Honeymoon

  • Known for its variety of accommodations, from luxurious resorts to intimate cottage colonies, many of Bermuda's hotels have special honeymoon packages. Typical packages include air fare, accommodations, meal plans, champagne upon arrival, flowers in the room, special discounts at local attractions and restaurants, etc. There's a package to fit most budgets. Call (800) BERMUDA for details. n
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