Nikki Begg of Bermuda Bride and the Bermuda Registry General answers some Frequently asked questions regarding getting married in Bermuda.
Is my marriage legal worldwide?
Within one month of your wedding, you will receive an official Marriage Certificate that is recognized and legal worldwide. However you may also wish to register with your local Town or City Hall.
Are witnesses required?
Two witnesses who are at least 18 years old must sign your marriage license. These can be supplied Monday through Friday at the Registrar’s office or through your Wedding Consultant.
Does Bermuda permit same-sex ceremonies?
In a word, no. While it is not possible to have a legally-recognised gay marriage performed here, same-sex couples can elect to have a special commitment ceremony performed.
Can I have a secular ceremony in Bermuda?
Couples wishing to have a civil ceremony can be married in the beautifully appointed Registrar’s Office. The Registrar and Assistant Registrar are unable to officiate at locations other than the Registrar’s Office.
Can I be married outdoors?
There are many, many breathtaking locations around the island. You may wish to be married in a lush garden setting, on a cliff top overlooking the South Shore, under a moongate, barefoot in the sand, on a luxury yacht, in the grounds of your hotel. You may also wish to consider one of the island’s historic buildings as a setting for your wedding: Commissioner’s House, Verdmont and Waterville all provide stunning backdrops. Note that if you choose to have a ceremony outdoors or in an alternative location, a minister will preside over the marriage service in a religious ceremony, be it denominational or non-denominational.
Can my fiancé rent formal wear in Bermuda?
A wide selection of tuxedos and morning suits are available. Your Wedding Consultant can assist you with arrangements.