Turks and Caicos!!


No, I am not going to Turks and Caicos (I wish!). But it finally feels like summer here in NJ, which to me- means one thing: time for a vacation!! I was researching places I would like to go (which leaves my list at about oh... 23 places. And it's still growing!) I came across Turks and Caicos. The blue water and white sands makes me want to pack my things and buy a one way ticket!!

As I was doing my research on My Turks and Caicos, I found their wedding section. =) Not only did I want to share the gorgeous photos, but I really wanted to share the information that was posted on making your marriage legal. Anyone who is hosting a destination wedding (not just in Turks and Caicos) wants to make sure that they have, and are made aware of all proper information that is needed.

Making it Legal in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Requirements for obtaining a marriage license in the Turks and Caicos Islands:
· Passport.
· Original Birth Certificate.
· Both parties must be in The Turks and Caicos Islands at the time of the application.
· Persons wishing to be married in the Turks and Caicos Islands may do so after one day (24 hours). Before an application for a Marriage License can be made to the Registrar in Grand Turk. The ceremony can then take place after a period of 2-3 days or at any time after the application has been granted.
· Proof of marital status - If single a sworn affidavit is required. If one of the parties is a divorcee, then a Divorce Decree is required, either the original or a notarized copy, sealed by a Court Clerk. In the case of a Widow/Widower a Death Certificate of the previous spouse is required. In the case of change of name by Deed Poll or Adoption, then proof is required.
· If either party is unmarried, being a citizen or resident of a country other than the U.S.A., a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a Notary Public or other person authorized to administer oaths in that country and must accompany the application for the Marriage License.
· If under the age of 21, then consent of one or both parents or guardian, in the form of an affidavit stamped by the Notary Public.
· The marriage parties must not be within the prohibited degree of relationships to each other. Include a letter stating both party’s occupations, marital status, age as of last birthday, present address of residence and fathers full name.
· For church weddings Ministers may require proof of membership.
· The parties must produce evidence of the date of their arrival in The Turks and Caicos Islands.
· No blood test is necessary.
· The fee for the license is $100.00.
Note: Marriage Licenses are issued at the office of the Registrar in Providenciales. This office is open to the public Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:30am - 4:30pm. Please be advised that any Passports or documentation written other than in English should be translated in advance and notarized by the applicable consulate.

For now, I will sit and stare at Google pictures of Turks and Caicos. Hopefully soon I will be able to report back with my own photos!! (Fingers crossed!)

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