Currency: Bermudian dollar (BMD)
Airports: Bermuda International (TXKF)
Known for: Pink sands, Moongate, Wreck diving
Official Tourism Website: bermudatourism.com
Drives on the: Left Side
Calling Code: +1 441
Whither the Fates Carry
Walking down an aisle lined with hibiscus and oleander, stealing a kiss under a Moongate, taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the old-world streets of St. George’s – these are memories to hold for a lifetime.
Miles of secluded pink sand beaches, hidden coves, lush tropical gardens, romantic candlelight dinners, European charm, splendid sunsets, moonlit strolls – no wonder they call Bermuda the island made for two.
The historic Royal Naval Dockyards is a bustling center for sightseeing, shopping, dining and entertainment. Frolic on one of the many beaches including the famous Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay. Climb the 185 stairs to the top of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse for a fantastic view of the South shore or cross the shortest draw bridge in the world to enjoy a stroll through the picturesque village of Somerset. How about enjoying a cold beer at Bermuda’s only Private Ship Floating Bar, Calico Jack's?
Central Bermuda is home to Capital city of Hamilton, the island’s international business hub, with high-end stores and boutiques stocked with designer merchandise from across the globe. While Front Street offers an array of restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, a short drive away you can find beaches, botanical gardens, lush parks and oceanfront golf courses. The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo and the Crystal and Fantasy Caves are also there to amaze you.
The well-preserved historic town and nearby fortress make St. George's and the East End a haven for British colonial architecture, history and culture.
Bermuda is the perfect backdrop to your destination wedding, or honeymoon. 21-square miles of natural beauty, colorful island culture, world-renowned beaches, turquoise waters and tropical sunsets you can have it all in the center of paradise.
Marriage Requirements for Bermuda
Getting married in Bermuda is quite simple, really – just follow the steps outlined below:
1. Complete a Notice of Intended Marriage so that your marriage will be legally recognized
- Download a Notice of Intended Marriage form or request one from the Bermuda Government's Registrar General's office by calling +1 (441) 297-7709 or +1 (441) 297-7707. If you download the form, please be aware that it must be printed on white, legal-size paper (8.5" x 14") to be accepted.
- Send completed form to the Registrar General along with a cashier's cheque or bank draft made payable to the Accountant General, Hamilton, Bermuda, in the amount of $418 USD (Marriage License and Certificate). You MUST include copies of final divorce decrees or death certificates for both parties, if applicable.
- Address (and send or mail) your application to:
Government Administration Building
30 Parliament Street
Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda
This submitted notice will result in a wedding license valid for three months. You or a designated person may pick up this license at the Registrar office.
2. Choose a wedding location. Your many options fall into two broad categories:
- Civil ceremonies can be performed in the Registry General's Marriage Room or in one these picturesque Bermuda locations: Admiralty House Park, The Arboretum, Astwood Park, Blue Hole Hill Park, Botanical Gardens, Chaplin Bay Beach, Church Bay Beach, Clocktower Mall Dockyard, Devonshire Bay Park, Elbow Beach (the public beach as accessed from Tribe Road 4B Paget), Ferry Point Park, Fort St. Catherine Beach, Great Head Park, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Park, Horseshoe Bay Beach, Jobson’s Cove Beach, John Smith’s Bay Beach, Scaur Hill Fort Park, Shelly Bay Beach, Somerset Long Bay Beach, Spanish Point Park, Stonehole Bay, St. David’s Lighthouse Park, Tobacco Bay Beach, Victualling Yard – Dockyard, and Warwick Long Bay Beach. For more information call +1 441-297-7709 or +1 441-297-7707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you and your partner are looking to get married in the presence of the Registrar, or any of the locations listed above you must submit a fee of $450 (BMD) to the Registry General, at least 14 days prior to the proposed date of marriage. The fee of $450 (BMD) is in addition to the fee of $418 (BMD) which is required to be submitted with the Notice of Intended Marriage Application form. (For more information on fees associated with civil marriage ceremonies please visit: https://www.gov.bm/content/apply-marriage-licence)
- Marriage License: $353.00
- Marriage Certificate: $65.00
- In the case of a refund, $65.00 is refundable for an unissued certificate, and if publications have not been made, $84.00 is refundable for each official gazette publication.
- Special Marriage License Application Fee: $35.00
- Special Marriage License: $715.00
- Special Marriage Certificate: $40.00
- Marriage Ceremony at the Registry General: $260.00
In addition, the onus is on the parties to be wed, to obtain written permission from the owner or occupier of the venue (e.g. WEDCO or Ministry of Public Works) and notify the Registrar accordingly of the date.
The time will be confirmed by Registry General staff. In addition, parties are responsible for arranging the logistics of set-up and any other features related to the wedding. The Registry General Office will only be responsible for providing a table, chair and relevant documents for signature.
In the event of inclement weather, prohibiting an outdoor wedding, the alternate venue for the marriage will be the Registry General. In such cases, the marriage ceremony fee will be reduced to $245 (BMD) which is the fee applicable to marriages conducted within the Registry General.
- Church ceremonies: May be held in a church or other location with the consent of a member of the clergy.
3. Find an Officiant and Two Witnesses
- Marriages may only be performed by a registered Marriage Officer (clergy), the Registrar General or an Assistant Registrar General. The Registrar General/Assistant Registrar General can only perform a wedding at the Registry itself.
- If you're having an off-site ceremony, you’ll need to hire a clergy member – your wedding consultant can help with that. You’ll also need two witnesses over 18 years of age present at the ceremony. Go to the Registrar General’s website for more details. The Registrar will happily supply witnesses at your request (Monday through Friday only).
Important Links For Bermuda
Bermuda is an overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. To learn more about Bermuda, please see the important links below: