Suppose You Live in the Cayman Islands and You Want to Get Married?

Suppose You Live in the Cayman Islands and You Want to Get Married?


Joy Basdeo

On October 31st, 2010
Grand Cayman is a bustling, sophisticated place to live, and home to more than one hundred and forty nationalities.  A large part of my practice is with clients who are in the Cayman Islands on a Gainful Occupation License (GOL) or work-permit.  Whatever your legal immigration status, once you have lived in the Cayman Islands for more than 15 consecutive days, for the purpose of getting married, you are considered a resident. This means that different rules apply.  For one thing, you cannot get married with a Special Marriage License like cruise-ship visitors and tourists can, you must be  married by ‘Banns’ being published.
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Outside the Simply Weddings office after their wedding

The good news is, that if one of the couple is a resident  then you can be married as a resident, even if the other person is a visitor, as long as you have time for the Banns to be published, which is 7 clear days. The other good news is that it’s much less expensive to be married by Banns! In order to be married by Banns, you must  have an interview with your wedding celebrant, or someone equally versed in the Marriage Law and your documents must be scrutinized and the originals copied for our files.  You must show your passport, and any divorce decrees or former spouses’ death certificate.  The most important  part of this interview is that your interviewer must determine your immigration status, and be convinced that you are not attempting a “marriage of convenience”, which is illegal in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere. At this initial interview you must complete and sign a document called the “Notice of Marriage”.  We copy the Notice, and use it to complete the details required on your Banns, and eventually your Marriage Certificate.  The original Notice must be countersigned by two persons over 18 years who have known you for at least two years and can attest to the authenticity of the details you have provided. The Notice is then returned to the Simply Weddings office prior to the wedding taking place. Should you have any questions about anything to do with your marriage you should call us at (345) 9499933.  You can also drop in and see us at 306 North Church Street in the ERA Kirkconnell Realty Building (next to Kirk’s Supermarket). You can be married at the Simply Weddings office during office hours, which are Mon – Fri, 9am until 3pm, or you can be married at the location of your choice, including most public beaches.  There is a small fee charged for weddings outside George Town and West Bay, and there is an additional charge for weddings on Sunday and Public Holidays. It is your responsibility to obtain your Registered Marriage Certificate from the General Registry, located in the Citrus Grove Building  on Goring Avenue, George Town (next to the Bayshore Mall).  This is your legal marriage certificate, and it costs $15.  This will be available on the second working day after your wedding. It is not included in the cost of your wedding with Simply Weddings (unless you are a visitor, in which case it is included in your Cayman wedding package) Remember that Saturday is the most popular day for resident weddings, so book early and get your paperwork completed to avoid disappointment.
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Casual, Registry Office wedding

Residents have a wide variety of  wedding locations to choose from.  Most popular at Smith's Cove,  Seven Mile Beach, Dart's Park, Camana Bay, Pedro St James, and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.  You can also be married at any of the hotels,  our residence.  I will officiate at a church wedding if invited by the pastor, but this is normally a shared service where I do the legal part of the ceremony, and the minister does the religious part. Mrs Joy Basdeo, MBE, JP and Notary Public  is a Civil Registrar of Marriages appointed by the Cayman Islands government.  She is a former senior civil servant, and an authority on the Cayman Islands Marriage Law.  She has over 15 years experience, and has performed hundreds of weddings in all three Cayman Islands.  She is the senior wedding celebrant and marriage officer at her own company, Simply Weddings, located in George Town, Grand Cayman