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Saint Lucia

1.Minimum residency period prior to marriage

The minimum residency for Saint Lucia is 3 working days. It is possible to be married sooner for a fee of approximately US$200 payable in cash directly to the Solicitor in resort.

2.Documents Required

You and your partner will each need:

•Valid original 10-year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK.

•Original birth certificate.

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute.

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner's death certificate along with your original marriage certificate.

•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.

3.Before you travel

Guests marrying at selected hotels in Saint Lucia will need to send photocopies of the documents listed above to us, at least 10 weeks before the date of travel.

ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL.

 

Antigue

1.Minimum residency period prior to marriage

Although there is no minimum residency for Antigua, we would recommend 3-4 days before the wedding takes place so that arrangements can be made comfortably.

2.Documents Required

You and your partner will each need:

•Valid original 10-year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK.

•Original birth certificate.

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute.

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner's death certificate along with your original marriage certificate.

•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.

3.Before you travel

We do not require any documents to be sent in advance unless staying at a Sandals property.

ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL.

4.When you get there

You will need to visit the Ministry of Legal Affairs in St. Johns to apply for your marriage licence.  Please note that some wedding packages may not include the transfer cost to the Ministry.

 

Barbados

1. Minimum residency period prior to marriage

Although there is no minimum residency for Barbados, we would recommend 3-4 working days before the wedding takes place so that arrangements can be made comfortably.

2. Documents Required

You and your partner will each need:

•Valid original 10-year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK.

•Original birth certificate.

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute.

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner's death certificate along with your original marriage certificate.

•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.

3. Before you travel

We do not require any documents to be sent in advance.

ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL.

4.When you get there

You will need to visit the Ministry of Home Affairs in Wildey, St Michael to apply for your marriage licence.  Please note that some wedding packages may not include the transfer cost to the Ministry

 

Jamaica

1.Minimum residency period prior to marriage

You must be resident on the island 48 hours (excluding day of arrival and Sundays) before the ceremony can be performed.  We would recommend that 3-4 days be allowed prior to the wedding date so that arrangements can be made comfortably.

 

2.Documents Required

You and your partner will each need:

•Valid original 10-year UK passport, which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK.

•The original and a certified copy of your birth certificate, showing your parents' names.

•If you have been divorced, the original and a certified copy of your decree absolute.

•If you have been widowed, the original and a certified copy of your partner's death certificate along with your original marriage certificate.

•If you have changed your name, the original and a certified 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 and a certified copy of your adoption certificate.

Copies of all documents must be certified by a solicitor and be stamped and signed in red or blue ink to state that they are true copies of the originals.  The solicitor’s stamp should state the name of the solicitor’s office.

3.Before you travel

Please send the certified copies of the above documents and a photocopy of the photo page of your passport to us 10 weeks before the date of travel.

ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL.

 

Cuba

1. Minimum residency period prior to marriage

The minimum residency period in Cuba is 3 working days.

2.Documents Required

You and your partner will need:

•Valid original 10-year UK passport, which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK.

•Original birth certificate.

•If you have been divorced you should submit valid passports plus original divorce certificate (decree absolute). If widowed you should submit valid passports plus original death certificate and previous marriage certificate. If widowed or divorced, the documents should be properly translated into Spanish by an official translator and legalised at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Cuban Embassy in London.

•If you have changed your name then the original 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.

3.Before you travel

You must have Spanish translations made of all your documents except for the following

•Passport

•Birth certificate

•Adoption certificate, unless the name on the adoption certificate is different to the name on your passport. 

This needs to be done by a translator approved by the Cuban Embassy in London. These translations will need to be certified as being true copies of the originals by a Spanish-speaking lawyer.  After this has been done, the original documents and the translations must be legalised by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The approximate cost is £30 per document (subject to change).

Please send your documents to:

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

Website: www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

 

The original documents and the translations will need to be validated by the Cuban Embassy. This costs £80 per document approximately (subject to change).

Please send your documents to:

The Embassy of Cuba

167 High Holborn

London

WC1 6PA

All couples marrying in Cuba are also required to send photocopies of all applicable documents (including Spanish & legalised copies as stated above) to the Thomas Cook Weddings Department a minimum of 10 weeks prior to departure. In addition, some hotels require a questionnaire to be completed - if this is required it will be sent to you for completion shortly after you have booked. The completed questionnaire and/or photocopied documents should be sent to the Thomas Cook Weddings Department a minimum of 10 weeks before the Departure Date (not wedding date) otherwise the hotel reserves the right to alter or withdraw the wedding arrangements.

4.When you get there

For all hotels you will need to bring both the legalised original documents and the legalised Spanish translations with you when you arrive in Cuba.

Once in Cuba the resort’s local authority may retain some or all of your original documentation. You may therefore want to obtain certified copies of all your original documentation before you travel.  Two witnesses will be needed for the marriage ceremony and must not be related to either of you. Witnesses can be arranged at an extra cost payable locally. Please inform us as soon as possible if you need us to arrange this for you. 

Please note that your marriage certificate may take up to 12 months to be returned from the Cuban authorities after your marriage and will be issued in Spanish.

 

Mexico

1.Minimum residency period prior to marriage

The Mexican authorities require that all documentation be handed over to them at least 3 working days prior to the marriage. We therefore recommend that you allow 5 working days so that arrangements can be made comfortably.

2.Documents Required

The legal documents required for a wedding in Mexico are dependent on your personal circumstances and vary by hotel. It may be necessary to have some or all of your documents legalised in the UK prior to travel. This is the process of certifying the signature or stamp on a document to prove that it is authentic in order to be accepted by overseas authorities and is done by the Foreign and Commonwealth office at a cost of approximately £30 per document (subject to change without notice).

It may also be necessary to have Spanish translations made of some or all your documents which for most hotels can only be done in Mexico on arrival at an extra cost of approximately US$50- US$150 per document (subject to change without notice). Some hotels offer the choice of the translations being made in the UK prior to travel or in Mexico on arrival and a few insist that translations be made in the UK only.

We have also been advised recently that if you are single and never previously married or changed your name for any reason you may have the option to present your passport only.

Whilst this will avoid the need for the translation of birth certificates, you must be aware that parents’ names will not appear on the marriage certificate.

We have listed below documents that may be required, depending on your personal  circumstances.

•Passport (which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK)

•Birth certificate (showing both parents’ names)

•If you have been divorced: Decree Absolute is required.

•If you have been widowed: the former marriage certificate and original death certificate.

•If you have changed your name: Deed Poll certificate is required. 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 have been adopted: Adoption papers are required.

If any of the above documents are required they must be legalised (except for your passport) by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the address below, prior to travel. The approximate cost of this is £30 per document (subject to change).

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

Telephone: 03700 002244

Website: www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

3.Before you travel

You will receive forms in your wedding information pack which will need to be completed and returned to us. We will then forward these to the hotel Wedding Coordinator on your behalf and they will contact you in due course with full details of the documents required. Please note that in the state where our Mexican hotels are located, women who have been divorced must wait for a period of 12 months from the date of their decree absolute before remarrying. Men may remarry immediately.

You will need four witnesses for the marriage ceremony which can be arranged in advance if required. If you have family and friends to act as your witnesses please note that copies of their passports will be required in advance and they must arrive in Mexico at the same time as you.

4.When you get there

In Mexico both the bride and the groom are required to have blood tests taken before the marriage. This will be done at a Mexican hospital during your stay and will be at an extra cost of up to approximately US$250 per couple, (subject to change without notice at anytime) payable by you locally in resort.

The marriage certificate will be issued in Spanish and is only valid in Mexico. In order to make it internationally recognised the wedding coordinator will arrange the

validation process at an extra cost payable locally. This process will take up to 4 months.

Please note: to ensure administrative problems or delays are not encountered, you accept that by booking a wedding in Mexico with Thomas Cook that you commit to taking the documents detailed by the hotel wedding coordinator. Depending on the venue of your wedding, you may be asked by the hotel and/or local officials to produce some or all of these documents.  In the event any documents are not specifically requested to be seen by the hotel and/or local officials, this is at the discretion of the hotels/local officials and is beyond the control of Thomas Cook. 

 

Dominican Republic

1. Minimum residency period prior to marriage

There is no minimum residency period, however you are unable to be married until all documentation has been processed locally. We therefore recommend 5 working days to ensure completion of this procedure.

2. Documents Required

You and your partner will need:

•Valid original 10-year UK passport, which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK.

•Original birth certificate showing your parents full names.

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute.

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner's death certificate along with your original marriage certificate.

•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.

•Original affidavit made less than 12 weeks before the date on which you return to the UK. This must be drawn up on headed paper, stamped by a notary public or solicitor and state the following information:

Your full name

Your full address

A statement that you are a citizen of the United Kingdom

A statement that you reside at the address you have given

Your current occupation

A statement that you are currently single and free to marry

Your parents’ full names

Your place of birth as stated on your birth certificate

Your date of birth as stated on your birth certificate

Your passport number

All documents must be legalised (except for your passport) by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the address below, prior to travel. The approximate cost of this is £30 per document (subject to change).

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

Telephone: 03700 002244

Website: www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

You must also have Spanish translations made of all of your documents and these translated documents must then be certified by the Dominican Republic Embassy at a cost of  approximately £130.00 per document (subject to change). The Embassy also offers a service whereby they will arrange for the relevant documents to be translated into Spanish & then certified at a cost of approximately £160.00 per document (subject to change).

Embassy of the Dominican Republic

139 Inverness Terrace

Bayswater

London

W2 6JF

www.dominicanembassy.org.uk

3. Before you travel

We do not require any documents to be sent in advance.

ALL LEGALISED AND ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL

Two witnesses over the age of 18 years will be needed for the marriage ceremony. These must not be related to either you or your partner. Please inform us as soon as possible if you need us to arrange this for you.

In the Dominican Republic a divorced woman cannot remarry for 10 months from the date of her decree absolute. Women who have been widowed must also wait 10 months before re-marrying. Please note your marriage certificate will be issued in Spanish.

 

Florida 

Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

There is no minimum residency for Florida however you do need to allow enough time prior to the wedding date to obtain the marriage licence.

2. Documents required:

You and your partner will each need:

•Valid original 10 year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK

•Original birth certificate

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

•If you have been widowed, the original death certificate of your partner along with the original marriage certificate

3. Before you travel

We do not require any documents to be sent in advance.

ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL

4. When you get there

You must obtain the marriage licence from the Courthouse. There are two Courthouses, one in Kissimmee and one in Orlando. It generally takes 30-45 minutes to obtain the licence. The Court House is open between 09.00 hrs and 15.00hrs Monday-Friday.

The cost of the marriage licence is currently US$100 (subject to change without notice) and is payable locally. An online service has recently become available at an extra cost.

 

New York

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

There is no minimum residency for New York however a 24 hour period must elapse between obtaining the marriage licence and the ceremony.

2. Documents required

You and your partner will each need:

•Valid original 10 year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK

•Original birth certificate

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

•If you have been widowed, the original death certificate of your partner along with the original marriage certificate

3. Before you travel

We do not require any documents to be sent in advance.

ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL

4. When you get there

You must obtain the marriage licence from the City Clerks office which is open Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. The cost of the licence is included in the wedding package.

 

Las Vegas

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

There is no minimum residency for Las Vegas

2. Documents required

You and your partner will each need:

•Valid original 10 year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

3. Before you travel

We do not require any documents to be sent in advance.

ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL

4. When you get there

The cost of the marriage licence is included for some wedding packages, for the Little White Wedding Chapel, the cost is US $60 per couple (subject to change without notice) and is payable locally. This must be obtained from the courthouse prior to the wedding. The courthouse is open everyday from 8am to midnight.

 

Mauritius

1.Minimum residency period prior to marriage

It is advisable to arrive in Mauritius 3-4 working days (excluding weekends or Public Holidays) prior to your wedding to complete the paperwork and make the necessary arrangements.

2.Documents Required

You and your partner will each need:

• Valid original 10-year UK passport, which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK.

• Original birth certificate. A recent copy of the birth certificate must also be obtained from the Register Office (dating less than 3 months prior to the wedding date) as this will need to be presented for the Civil Wedding formalities.  Please note that if it is not possible to obtain a recent copy of the birth certificate, it will be necessary to have an affidavit prepared and sworn in the UK prior to travel.

 • If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute.

• If you have been widowed, the original of your partner's death certificate, along with your original marriage certificate.

• If you have changed your name, the original 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.

• Application To Marry form which will be supplied in your wedding information portfolio

If the Bride has been divorced for less than 300 days, she will be required to take a pregnancy test in resort (at an approximate cost of £30, payable locally).  If the test is positive the wedding will not be able to take place.

NOTE: FOR NON-UK CITIZENS

Extra documentation and extra charges may apply to non-UK citizens getting married in Mauritius. It is therefore very important to advise your nationality at the time of booking so that any extra requirements and charges can be advised to you as soon as possible.  Also, for non-UK citizens, your wedding certificate will need to be apostilled at the Prime Ministers Office, so that it is internationally recognised.  There will be a small charge for this service, payable locally.

3.Before you travel

Please send copies of the above documents to us 10 weeks before the date of travel.

ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL.

4. When you get there

You will be required to visit the Civil Status Office in Port Louis to complete the necessary legal formalities.

 

Cyprus

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

A minimum residency of 3 working days is required prior to the marriage to complete the necessary legal formalities.

2.Documents required 

You and your partner will each need

•Valid original 10 –year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK

• Original birth certificate

• If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

• If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner’s death certificate along with your original marriage certificate

• 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 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.

•Original baptism/christening certificate (for church weddings only)

•Original statutory declaration. This must be made less than 12 weeks before the date on which you return to the UK and must state the following information.

Your full name and address

Date of birth

Place of birth

Nationality

Passport number and date of issue

Current occupation

Parents full names, addresses and occupations

A statement that you are currently single and free to marry

3. Before you travel  

We do not require any documents to be sent in advance

ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL.

4. When you get there

You will need to apply for a marriage licence at the town hall; your personal wedding coordinator will assist with the process. Ayia Napa and Paralimni Town Hall weddings take place no later than 14.30. Ayios Elias Gardens weddings take place from 14.00 onwards, Hotel weddings can take place from 11.00 onwards for Ayia Napa and 14.00 onwards for Paralimni Paphos, Geroskipou, Peyia and Yermasoyia Town Hall weddings take place before 2pm.

The cost to have a town hall wedding after 2pm is and additional fee of €170, payable locally.

Hotel, yacht and church weddings will normally take place after 2pm

Please note all prices quoted are approximate and subject to change without notice.

 

Zante

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

A minimum residency of 8 days is required prior to the marriage to complete the necessary legal formalities.

2.Documents required 

You and your partner will each need

•Valid original 10 –year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK

• Original birth certificate

• If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner’s death certificate along with your original marriage certificate

•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 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.

•Certificate of No Impediment issued by a UK Registry office not more than 3 months before the date of your return to the UK. Before you proceed to arrange the

Certificate of No Impediment please contact the wedding department for specific wording on this document.

All documents (excluding passports) must then be legalised by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  

The approximate cost of this is £30 per document (subject to change without notice)

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

You must also have Greek translations made of all documents (excluding passports) by a Translator approved by the Greek Embassy in London. A list of approved Translators is available from the embassy.

The translated documents, together with the original legalised documents must then be sent to the Greek Embassy in London so that the embassy staff can check that the translations are accurate. A fee of £17 per document (subject to change) is charged for this service.

Embassy of Greece

1A Holland Park

London

W11 3TP

3. Before you travel  

Original legalised documents, translations and photocopies of passports must be sent to us at least 10 weeks prior to travel.     

 

Santorini

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

A minimum residency of 7 days is required prior to the marriage to complete the necessary legal formalities.

2. Documents required 

You and your partner will each need

•Valid original 10 –year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK which must be certified.

•Original birth certificate

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner’s death certificate along with your original marriage certificate

•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 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.

•Certificate of No Impediment issued by a UK Registry office not more than 3 months before the date of your return to the UK. Before you proceed to arrange the Certificate of No Impediment please contact the wedding department for specific wording on this document.

All documents (including certified passport copies) must then be legalised by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  

The approximate cost of this is £30 per document (subject to change without notice)

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

You must also have Greek translations made of all documents (excluding passports) by a translator approved by the Greek Embassy in London. A list of approved translators is available from the embassy.

When the translations are complete, the legalised originals, together with the completed translations must be sent to the Greek Embassy in London so that the embassy staff can check that the translations are accurate. A fee of £17 per document (subject to change) is charged for this service.

Embassy of Greece

1A Holland Park

London

W11 3TP

3. Before you travel  

Photocopies of all your legalised documents, translations and certified passport copies must be sent to us at least 10 weeks prior to travel.     

ALL ORIGINAL LEGALISED DOCUMENTS, TRANSLATIONS AND CERTIFIED PASSPORT COPIES MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL

 

Skiathos

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

A minimum residency of 8 days is required prior to the marriage to complete the necessary legal formalities.

2.Documents required 

You and your partner will each need

•Valid original 10 –year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK

•Original birth certificate

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner’s death certificate along with your original marriage certificate

•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 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.

•Certificate of No Impediment issued by a UK Registry office not more than 3 months before the date of your return to the UK. Before you proceed to arrange the Certificate of No Impediment please contact the wedding department for specific wording on this document.

All documents (excluding passports) must then be legalised by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  

The approximate cost of this is £30 per document (subject to change without notice)

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

You must also have Greek translations made of all documents (excluding passports) by a Translator approved by the Greek Embassy in London. A list of approved Translators is available from the embassy.

The translated documents, together with the original legalised documents must then be sent to the Greek Embassy in London so that the embassy staff can check that the translations are accurate. A fee of £17 per document (subject to change) is charged for this service.

Embassy of Greece

1A Holland Park

London

W11 3TP

3.Before you travel  

Photocopies of all your legalised documents, translations and passports must be sent to us at least 10 weeks prior to travel.     

ALL ORIGINAL LEGALISED DOCUMENTS, TRANSLATIONS AND PASSPORTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL

4.When you get there

A local tax of approximately €40 (subject to change without notice) is payable locally.     

 

Crete

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

A minimum residency of 8 days is required prior to the marriage to complete the necessary legal formalities.

2.Documents required 

You and your partner will each need

•Valid original 10 –year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK which must be certified.

•Original birth certificate

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner’s death certificate along with your original marriage certificate

•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 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.

•Certificate of No Impediment issued by a UK Registry office not more than 3 months before the date of your return to the UK. Before you proceed to arrange the Certificate of No Impediment please contact the wedding department for specific wording on this document.

All documents (including certified passport copies) must then be legalised by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The approximate cost of this is £30 per document (subject to change without notice)

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

You must also have Greek translations made of all documents (excluding passports) by a translator approved by the Greek Embassy in London. A list of approved translators is available from the embassy.

When the translations are complete, the legalised originals, together with the completed translations must be sent to the Greek Embassy in London so that the embassy staff can check that the translations are accurate. A fee of £17 per document (subject to change) is charged for this service.

Embassy of Greece

1A Holland Park

London

W11 3TP

3. Before you travel  

Original legalised documents, translations and certified passport copies must be sent to us at least 10 weeks prior to travel.     

4.When you get there

You will need to visit the Town Hall up to 3 days prior to the wedding to complete the final documentation. Transportation is at an extra cost, payable locally.  

 

Kos

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

A minimum residency of 7 days is required prior to the marriage to complete the necessary legal formalities.

You will need to visit the Town Hall to lodge & complete the final documentation approximately 2-3 days after your wedding. The groom must also sign to accept that his new wife can take his name.

2. Documents required 

You and your partner will each need

•Valid original 10 –year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK which must be certified.

•Original birth certificate

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner’s death certificate along with your original marriage certificate

•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 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.

•Certificate of No Impediment issued by a UK Registry office not more than 3 months before the date of your return to the UK. Before you proceed to arrange the Certificate of No Impediment please contact the wedding department for specific wording on this document.

All documents (excluding passports) must then be legalised by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  

The approximate cost of this is £30 per document (subject to change without notice)

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

You must also have Greek translations made of all documents (excluding passports) by a translator approved by the Greek Embassy in London. A list of approved translators is available from the embassy.

When the translations are complete, the legalised originals, together with the completed translations must be sent to the Greek Embassy in London so that the embassy staff can check that the translations are accurate. A fee of £17 per document (subject to change) is charged for this service.

Embassy of Greece

1A Holland Park

London

W11 3TP

3.Before you travel  

We do not require any documents to be sent in advance.

ALL ORIGINAL AND LEGALISED DOCUMENTS, TRANSLATIONS AND CERTIFIED

PASSPORT COPIES MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL

 

Rhodes 

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

A minimum residency of 8 days is required prior to the marriage to complete the necessary legal formalities.

2. Documents required 

You and your partner will each need

• Valid original 10 –year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK

• Original birth certificate

• If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

• If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner’s death certificate along with your original marriage certificate

•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 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.

• Certificate of No Impediment issued by a UK Registry office not more than 3 months before the date of your return to the UK. Before you proceed to arrange the Certificate of No Impediment please contact the wedding department for specific wording on this document.

• All documents (excluding passports) must then be legalised by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The approximate cost of this is £30 per document (subject to change without notice)

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

3.Before you travel  

Photocopies of all your legalised documents must be sent to us at least 10 weeks prior to travel, in order for your documents to be sent to Rhodes ready to be translated by a Greek lawyer. Translation costs €255 (subject to change) and includes of both sets of Certificate of No Impediment and Birth Certificates. Translation of additional documents such as decree absolute, adoption certificate, death certificate and deed poll proof cost €100 each (subject to change).

ALL ORIGINAL LEGALISED DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL.

4. When you get there

You will need to pay for the translations to be completed in resort.

You will also need to visit the Town Hall where you are to be married in order to complete the final documentation. If you are getting married at St. Paul’s Chapel you will need to visit Lindos Town Hall.

 

Turkey

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

Although there is no minimum residency for Turkey, we would recommend 6 working days before the wedding takes place to allow for the documentation to be processed locally and a total stay of 14 days.

2.Documents required 

You and your partner will each need

•Valid original 10 –year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK

•6 identical passport sized photographs

•Original birth certificate, showing parents’ full names

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner’s death certificate along with your original marriage certificate

•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 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.

•Original affidavit. This must be made less than 180 days before the date on which you return to the UK and must state the following information.

Your full name and address

Date of birth

Place of birth

Gender

Passport number and date of issue

Current occupation

Parents full names (including maiden name of mother), addresses and occupations

Marital status with full details of divorce or late spouse if previously married.

Affidavits must then be legalised by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  

The approximate cost of this is £30 per document (subject to change without notice)

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

3. Before you travel  

Photocopies of your passports and your Affidavits must be sent to us at least 10 weeks prior to travel.

ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL.

4.When you get there

In Turkey both the bride and groom are required to have blood tests taken before the marriage. These will be taken in a local hospital at an additional cost of £60 per couple in Antalya, Izmir & Dalaman and £175 per couple in Bodrum (subject to change without notice). You will also be required to attend the local marriage office prior to the ceremony.

Return taxi fares to the local hospital and the local marriage office will be approximately £65-£85 (subject to change without notice).

Two witnesses will be needed for the wedding ceremony (the witnesses cannot be related to the bride and groom).

Divorced women must wait 300 days from the date of the decree absolute before they can re-marry in Turkey.

Please note: Unfortunately, it is not possible for your wedding date or time to be confirmed before you travel. The confirmation of a wedding date depends on the availability of the Registrar.  It is for this reason that the wedding date can only be confirmed once in resort. However, please advise the wedding department of your 3 preferred wedding dates and they will send your request to resort in advance.

 

Italy

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

A minimum of 4 working days is required prior to the marriage to complete the necessary legal formalities.

2. Documents required

You and your partner will each need:

•Photocopy of passport (which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK). Copies of the passports of the witnesses are also required in advance as well as proof of address eg Driver’s Licence.

•Certificate of No Impediment issued by a UK registry office not more than 6 months before the date of your return to the UK (one each). Please note that the names on the Certificate of No Impediment must be exactly the same as the passports. This will be translated and legalised in resort and the cost is included in the wedding package.

•Statutory Declaration. This document must be bilingual and signed before a solicitor or a public notary (you can download the form at www.ukinitaly.fco.gov.uk/marriage).

•Birth Certificate (Long Birth Certificate including parents names).

•If you have been divorced: Decree Absolute is required as well as the former marriage certificate.

•If you have been widowed: the former marriage certificate and original death certificate.

•If you have changed your name, the original Deed Poll certificate will be required.

•If you have been adopted, adoption papers need to be produced.

The Certificate of No Impediment and Statutory Declaration must be legalised by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The approximate cost of this is £30 per document (subject to change without notice).

Legalisation Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

3. Before you travel

Please send originals of the above documents to us 10 weeks before the date of travel.

PHOTOCOPIES OF ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL

4. When you get there

Two witnesses will be required under Italian law and can be arranged if required at an extra cost payable locally.

Divorced women must wait 300 days from the date the decree absolute was issued before being remarried in Italy.

Civil weddings in Italy can only be performed in a Registry Office however most Town Halls are located in historical buildings and offer a lovely setting for a wedding. The actual ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes and will be conducted in Italian. An interpreter will be required for the declaration and throughout the ceremony.

 

Malta 

1. Minimum residency period prior to the marriage

A minimum residency of 2 working days is required prior to the marriage to complete the necessary legal formalities

2.Documents required 

You and your partner will each need

•Valid original 10 –year UK passport which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return to the UK

•Original birth certificate showing parents’ names

•If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute

•If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner’s death certificate along with your original marriage certificate

•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 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.

•If you are a Scottish or Irish resident you will need to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment issued by the Scottish/Irish authorities not more than 3 months before the date of marriage.

•If you are a resident of England, Wales or Northern Ireland you will need an original 3rd party affidavit dated 12 weeks or less before the date of marriage. If you have been divorced or widowed the 3rd party must have known you since this time or for more than 5 years, whichever is the longest and they must state that you have not been married since.

If you have never been married, the 3rd party must have known you since you were 18 years old and they must state that you are single and free to marry.    

The affidavit must include the 3rd party’s passport number, full address and occupation and must be drawn up in the name you are officially known by at this present time as evidenced by your passport and all supporting documents. The affidavit must be stamped & signed by a solicitor. Hand written affidavits will not be accepted. A sample template will be sent to you after booking

•Request for the Publication of Banns (Form RZ1)- this will be sent to you after booking

•Declaration of Oath (Form RZ2) – this will be sent to you after booking and must be signed in the presence of a solicitor and then signed stamped and dated by the solicitor. This must be dated 12 weeks or less before the date of marriage.

3. Before you travel  

All original documents, forms RZ1 and RZ2, Marriage Registry Form and photocopies of your passports must be sent to us at least 10 weeks prior to travel.

These will be sent to resort in order to allow them to complete the marriage licence application process with the Maltese authorities.

Please be aware that your original documents will be retained in resort. You may therefore wish to obtain certified copies of all your original documentation before you travel. 

4.When you get there

You will need to visit the registry office to complete the final documentation and at this  point your wedding date will be reconfirmed to you.