Minimum residency period prior to marriage: 4 working days
Minimum age: 18 years old
Town Hall weddings take place: Monday – Friday (depending on availability)
Valid original 10-year UK/Irish passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK.
*The original of your birth certificate, showing your parents' names (long version)
*Affidavit confirming single/not married
Intent to Marry Form for bride and groom (This is an Aruba Application to Marry Form forwarded to you by Aruba Weddings
*If you have been divorced, the original of your decree absolute.
*If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner's death certificate and former marriage certificate. The marriage will be formalized taking into account the name stated on the passport so this must be correct and must be the same name as stated on all other documentation.
Home address, occupation, level of education, nationality
*If you have changed your name, the original copy of the deed poll proof of name change will be required. Please note that if you have been divorced and have reverted to using your maiden name then this counts as a change of name, and proof of that change will be required.
*If you were adopted, the original copy of your adoption certificate.
All documents marked with an * must be apostilled by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the UK/Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland.
Before you travel:
The following documents should be certified by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (for British nationals) or The Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland for the necessary ‘apostille’.
Birth certificate (long version)
If you have been divorced, the original of your decree absolute.
If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner's death certificate and former marriage certificate.
Before you travel, next step:
Once you have had the required documentation certified by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the next step is to scan/fax them to Aruba for review. Once all reviewed, all original documents must be sent (we will DHL them to you) no less than 4 weeks before arrival.
When you get there:
Aruba weddings are a double affair. In the morning, you will have your official ceremony at the Town House in Oranjestad, the island’s capital, where you’ll sign the register. Ceremonies are performed Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm. Later in the afternoon, you can enjoy your romantic beach blessing ceremony (if booked) back at your hotel.
Proper attire: Required for both bride and groom. No shorts and sandals for men. Witnesses: Two witnesses are required for all Civil Ceremonies. They can be provided for you, at a fee of $80.
After the Civil Wedding has taken place, the Wedding Certificate will be translated, and then sealed for the couple to take to register in country of their residence/citizenship.
As Tropical Sky weddings have no jurisdiction over hotels/resorts/venues/legal requirements and their charges, we cannot be responsible for any increases or changes to these wedding arrangements. We will, however, endeavour to advise you of changes as soon as we are made aware of them. All prices and legal requirements correct as of June 2013.
Translation of documents
All legal documents must be in English or legally translated into English. All translated documents must be from a legal translator with letterhead, stamp and seal from the translator's office or notarised by a Notary Public. Occasionally the documentation will have to be sent to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for their approval before being sent back to the notary to sign.
The Wedding Ceremony
In most destinations, your wedding ceremony will be conducted Monday to Friday (excluding local holidays). In some destinations, local festivals and holidays will determine available wedding dates. Generally, your wedding will take place in the grounds of the hotel unless otherwise specified. Many hotels offer wedding gazebos for extra privacy. Some hotels may offer more than one wedding per day with the first wedding taking place at around 10am with the last wedding at 4pm. The majority of our weddings are conducted by a marriage officer whose title varies depending on the resort. Where it is possible to be married by a Minister, the ceremony will be non denominational unless otherwise stated and will be a Civil wedding.
Tropical Sky Weddings and the information given above only apply to couples:
• Born in the UK
• Have a valid UK passport (with some months validity on return home)
If couples do not fulfil these requirements they must advise us. Couples should be referred to the embassy of the country of origin and the country where they wish to marry as they may require extra documentation to satisfy their own embassy requirements – Tropical Sky cannot advise on this and couples must investigate this on their own.
As Tropical Sky weddings have no jurisdiction over hotels/resorts/venues/legal requirements and their charges, we cannot be responsible for any increases or changes to these wedding arrangements. We will, however, endeavour to advise you of changes as soon as we are made aware of them. All prices and legal requirements correct as of May 2014.