There are specific legal requirements and procedures for getting married in the British Virgin Islands.

  • If you have never been married before, the only necessary paperwork required is your passports.
  • If either or both of you have been previously married, an original or certified copy of your divorce decree(s) or spouse's death certificate is required. If these decrees or certificates are not in English, a certified translation in English is also required.
  • From the time your paperwork is filed, a three (3) business day residency requirement is mandated. This means that if you file your paperwork on a Monday, the earliest you may be married is on that Thursday.
  • There is a BVI government marriage tax that is paid by purchasing $110 in stamps. Occasions BVI includes this in all package fees.
  • An Occasions BVI consultant will pick you up or meet you at the ferry dock in Virgin Gorda, escort you on the ferry to Road Town, Tortola, and take you through the legal processes to ensure your paperwork is complete and submitted. Your paperwork will be returned to you after the ceremony.
  • Two witnesses are required at the signing. Your Occasions BVI consultant can be one of them, and the other can be randomly selected off the street, or you may bring your friends.
  • A form will need to be filed with the Registrar indicating the location, time and date of your wedding plus a $100 fee is to be paid. If your wedding ceremony is to be on a neighboring island, a round-trip ferry ticket must be left with the Registrar who will be performing the ceremony.
  • You will have to name two "witnesses of record" for your marriage license. These witnesses may act as your attendants at your wedding and need to be present at the wedding to sign the legal documentation. Occasions BVI staff can be your witnesses.
  • If you are living in the US, Britain, or Canada, the BVI marriage license is enough for proof of marriage. In other areas or in certain legal situations, an "Apostille" license may be required. It will be necessary to request this upon filling out your paperwork with the Registrar's Office and normally is subject to an additional fee.
  • On your wedding day, Occasions BVI will see that the Registrar meets you at your wedding location, performs the civil ceremony and returns all your documentation to you.