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Every year, thousands of couples from around the world choose the Cayman Islands for romance: many for weddings and honeymoons, while others renew their vows or steal a passionate weekend getaway. Regardless of their desires, couples love the easy flowing comfort and friendliness of the Cayman Islands---a serene and captivating romantic destination that brings dreams to life.

The trio of islands are easy to reach and easy to navigate once on island. English is spoken, U.S. dollars are accepted, and dozens of knowledgeable, talented wedding planners are available. Most importantly, visitors are made to feel welcome with a special brand of Caymanian hospitality. It is also one of the few destinations that allow U.S. citizens to marry the same day they arrive.

Weddings in the Cayman Islands are limited only by the imagination. Taking much of the stress out of the marriage process, celebrated wedding planners in Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands provide assistance and guidance to create a unique ceremony for each bride and groom. Each host hotel or wedding service organization can make the planning process hassle-free by arranging details down to the bridal bouquet or groom’s boutonniere. Wedding service companies perform all necessary functions related to the ceremony, including musicians, catering, flowers and photography, as well as the marriage application with the civil registrar. Private ceremonies can be arranged as well as group gatherings with a marriage official.

Couples can have a more traditional wedding in a hotel, chapel or church, or they can choose a casual wedding on a beach, in a restaurant with a spectacular sunset as a backdrop, or even underwater - surrounded by coral gardens, fluttering sea plumes and exotic tropical fish as witnesses. In the Grand Old House gazebo, set in an early 1900s plantation house, wedding ceremonies can be transmitted via the Internet to those back home who are unable to attend.

After the “I do’s” are said, the last piece of cake eaten, and the weekend guests have departed, the honeymoon begins. Couples often celebrate for a week or two, enjoying all the elements of a secluded, romantic paradise. There’s no better escape than the sister islands – Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Just a short plane ride away, the sister islands offer a variety of spacious condominiums, quaint inns and peaceful resorts. Revel in the secluded beaches, take walks and commune with nature, savor island dining, or enjoy the world class diving in the crystal clear water.

Rather than the bride and groom traveling the day after the ceremonial festivities are completed, the latest trend is for couples to invite the entire wedding party to join them for the wedding at their honeymoon destination. These “destination weddings” allow bridal couples and guests to all join in the fun – often over a three- or four-day weekend. The wedding party will be hard pressed to find an ambience more in tune with nuptial ceremonies and romantic sentiment, which also offer wedding and vacation arrangements that are convenient, yet exciting at the same time, than the Cayman Islands.

For a more intimate wedding experience, villas are a perfect option for couples looking to marry in the Cayman Islands. With the luxury and beauty of having it at a private home, couples can work with one of the local wedding planners to transform a villa into the most ideal spot for a beach front ceremony and celebration.

Travel to the Cayman Islands is just an hour from Miami and many cities offer non-stop service including Boston, Houston, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

Whatever the occasion -- weddings, vow-renewals, honeymoons, or romantic getaways, the Cayman Islands has the elegance, creativity, and ambiance to provide the perfect escape, where dreams come true.

For additional information call 1-800-356-3313 or contact any regional office of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism in the U.S. or Canada. Detailed information regarding documentation can be found on the Cayman Islands website (www.caymanislands.ky) or in the wedding brochure available from the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, PO Box 67 GT, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, tel (345) 949-0623, fax (345)-949-4053. The marriage license can be obtained from the Deputy Chief Secretary, 3 rd Floor Government Administration Building in Grand Cayman or by calling (345) 949-7900.

 CAYMAN ISLAND REQUIRMENTS FOR WEDDINGS

Couples can marry the same day they arrive in the Cayman Islands. Just be sure to have the following:

  1. a non-residents marriage license, and…
  2. a letter from the authorized Marriage Officer who is to officiate.
    Applications for non-resident marriage licenses ($200 U.S.) and a list of licensed Marriage Officers can be obtained from the Deputy Chief Secretary’s Office.

Office of the Deputy Chief Secretary
Government Administration Building, 3rd Floor
George Town, Grand Cayman, B.W.I.
Phone: 345.949.7900 or 345.914.2222

You will also need to provide:

  • Proof of citizenship and age – Passport or an original/certified copy of birth certificate with photo identification (18 is the minimum legal age without parental consent)
  • Proof of marital status (legal divorce decree or death certificate, if applicable)
  • Cayman Islands Immigration Department card
  • Two witnesses at the ceremony

Information provided by Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.


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