British Virgin Islands Wedding Procedures
Anyone wishing to get married in the BVI must apply for a marriage license at the Attorney General's chambers, located on the top floor of the East Wing of the BVI Administration Building. A special marriage license is available to any couple whom do not reside in the BVI with the purchase of $110.00 BVI Postage stamps from the Post Office on Main street.
Proof of identity and marital status are also required, in the form of a passport or notarized birth certificate with picture. If you have been widowed or divorced, the original death certificate or divorce papers are needed. (If these are unobtainable, a Decree Absolute from a lawyer will suffice).
The license will take 3 full working days to process, (not including weekends or public holidays) during which time the Attorney General will hold your passport or papers.
Having applied for your license, continue to the Registrar's office located above Burhym's on Decastro Street, to confirm the date, time and location of the wedding. The registrar will require the names, ages and occupations of the couple to be married and the names of the two witnesses to the ceremony. The fees payable to the registrar’s Office are $35.00 if the wedding is performed in the office or $100.00 if it is performed elsewhere.
The ceremony is conducted according to the British Law. Ceremonies can be arranged between Monday to Saturday.
As with any commonwealth country, the only records of your wedding on your return home are your marriage certificates given to you after the marriage ceremony.
From our experience, to avoid disappointment, we recommend that the date, time and location of the wedding be temporarily booked with the Registrar well in advance of your arrival to the British Virgin Islands. The Sugar Mill will do this for you.
Wedding Arrangements Provided By The Sugar Mill
In order to get married at The Sugar Mill Hotel we require that the couple are accommodated in the hotel for a minimum of 3 nights. We will organise everything for you, from ordering the flowers and photographs to calming your last minute nerves.
The Sugar Mill Hotel will deal directly with Registrar to make arrangements for wedding date, time & location - date and time have to be confirmed by the Registrar.
License fee - $110.00 in stamps obtained from Post Office upon arrival by guests.
Registrar Fees - $100.00 (ex-registry) or $35.00 (in registry)
Marriage Certificate - $5.00.
The Registrar’s Office requires the Bride and Groom to register in person 3 working days prior to requested wedding date.
Rainbow Visions Photography specializes in wedding videos & photographs beginning at $600.00 for the ceremony which includes wireless microphone (attached to the groom), basic titles "Our Wedding" ,etc. and a couple of copies of the video. Browse www.rainbowvisionsbvi.com.
Wedding portraiture on location is $595.00 and includes up to 2 hours shooting. Clients view proof sheet (4-6 rolls of film) and choose 24 images to print at 5" x 7" size and 1 image at 8" x 10" portrait size. Clients also receive a photo CD of selected images. Browse www.virginportraits.com to see some of Amanda Baker's work.
Ordered from our local florist - exotic flowers must be ordered at least 2 weeks in advance of the wedding day.
A bridal bouquet starts at approximately $80.00.
Baked at our local bakery - choose from fruit, carrot, vanilla or chocolate in a heart, square or rectangular shape. Wedding cakes start at $35.00. For those of you who want to add an Artists' touch, we can arrange for a Special Creative Cake.
A variety of hors d'oeuvres prepared by our Chef are available. The pricing depends on the size of the reception. Champagnes and wine are available from our extensive Wine List.
There is an administrative fee of $400.00 for reservations of 3-6 nights or $300.00 for reservations of 7 nights or longer. Larger parties or Special arrangements may incur a further fee.
For Group/Special Occasion Reservations, the Sugar Mill has a minimum 60 day prior to arrival cancellation policy in order to issue a full refund on the room deposit.
We are more than happy to assist in planning your very special day!!
We request that all final decisions on colours, shapes, type of flowers, etc. be made by the two of you, as this day you will remember your wedding in paradise for the rest of your life.
Do not hesitate to contact us directly at 284.495.4355 at anytime.
*Please note that all prices are estimates only.