Impromptu Grand Cayman Cruise Wedding was quite unusual

Impromptu Grand Cayman Cruise Wedding was quite unusual


Joy Basdeo

On April 26th, 2010
Today was a most unusual day for me. We had two weddings planned, one was a fairly large cruise wedding with lots of extra services, the other was a simple Registry Office wedding for a local couple. I was sitting at the Haagen Dazs cafe reading my Kindle and waiting for my bride and groom to meet me so I could get their Special Marriage License, and take them down to my office to get dressed. A woman came up to me and said something about getting married.

Impromptu Grand Cayman Cruise Wedding was quite unusual - image 1This couple from New Jersey, with the bride's parents and her children, got married at the Governor's Beach

At first I thought she was talking generally, and then I figured out she was saying she and her fiance wanted to get married today! Her stars must have been aligned or something, because everything just fell in place. Sometimes brides spend over a year working with us on their destination Cayman wedding, and this one just fell in place in ten minutes.

Impromptu Grand Cayman Cruise Wedding was quite unusual - image 2I sent the bride and groom down to the office to see Peggy and get the legal requirements done, and set off to do wedding number one, my big group from Washington DC.

Impromptu Grand Cayman Cruise Wedding was quite unusual - image 3Joy with the newly married pair, at Governor's Beach

In the meantime, the bride and groom returned to their ship and got the bride's parents to come and be their witnesses. They visited one of the local jewelry shops where they bought the wedding ring. They then took a taxi to the wedding location, where I was to meet them at 1 p.m.

Impromptu Grand Cayman Cruise Wedding was quite unusual - image 4It can't be any simpler than this, to get married on Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman Island is one of the few places on the western Caribbean cruise-ship circuit where you can be married while you are on the island for just a few hours. There is no residency requirement, no blood test. All you have to do is to have the correct documents and a Marriage Officer to do the ceremony. For this couple, due to luck and circumstances, their impromptu wedding just fell in place. In most instances I do only one cruise ship ceremony per day, particularly if the planned wedding includes a large group and many details. I do this because I dislike rushing my couples, and it is most important to me that the bride and groom enjoy their experience in the Cayman Islands.

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