Cayman Islands Destination Wedding Guide
The ultimate guide for planning a Cayman Islands wedding: learn how to get married, find legal requirements and check out wedding venues and service providers.
The Cayman Islands is one of the most romantic places in the world to get married and it’s not hard to see why, with its pristine beaches, turquoise sparkling waters and gorgeous Caribbean weather (and you already have the perfect backdrop for a dreamy honeymoon!).
Planning Your Cayman Islands Wedding
Most Cayman residents get married on Saturdays, which means you should book early to secure the date with your wedding celebrant. You will have to have a preliminary interview with your wedding celebrant and complete a form called a ‘Notice of Marriage/ Banns’, which is valid for three months. When you attend the interview, you will need to take your passports and proof of your immigration status (e.g. work permit, residency certificate, etc.), if applicable.
If you have been previously married, you will also need your original divorce decree or spouse’s death certificate. If the decree or certificate is in a language other than English then you will need an English translation certified by a Notary Public.
If a visitor is marrying a resident, your wedding celebrant is required to ask you certain questions to make sure you are not entering into a marriage of convenience. A marriage of convenience is where the two parties enter into the marriage for the sole purpose of obtaining immigration rights as a spouse of a Caymanian. This is illegal in the Cayman Islands, as in most countries.
Most marriage celebrants will charge a fee for the documentation, booking, preliminary interview, publishing the Banns, conducting the ceremony and filing your marriage with the appropriate government office. The average cost of this is CI$300 and some of this is non-refundable.
Ministers of Religion may or may not charge a fee if you are a member of their congregation and they may have other requirements according to the requirements of the church. All documents, including the Notice of Marriage, must be received and be in order before the wedding can take place.
When choosing a planner to help coordinate your event, keep some of the following considerations in mind:
Timing: the winter months in the Cayman Islands are the most popular with visitors and hotels. Caterers and wedding planners get booked up fast, so we recommend booking your wedding up to a year in advance;
Sound: if you’re planning a beach wedding, the crash of waves and motorists crossing can become very noisy. ensure that everyone can hear you say ‘I Do’ over all of the other background noises;
Outdoor Weddings: can you schedule the wedding to take advantage of sunsets? Do you have a ‘plan B’ for inclement weather? Have you provided shade to protect guests from the sun? Will mosquitoes be out during the wedding or reception? (Parasols and citronella Tiki torches can be a romantic options)
Style & Theme: will your wedding be modern and clean, vintage or romantic? Does your planner have the props, linen, decor and table settings to tie in with your chosen style?
Below you will find experts in Cayman who can help to make your wedding a success. They take into consideration all of your considerations advise you on personal touches and tradition and ensure that your day goes smoothly.
Coordinating your dream wedding in Cayman from a distance or on-Island can be a breeze with the assistance of one of Cayman’s local wedding planners. Simply Weddings can orchestrate every detail for visitors or cruise ship weddings.
There are many wonderful places in Grand Cayman to get married, from beautiful beaches, to historic churches and very smart hotels.
Grand Cayman has some world-renowned photographers to take photographs at your wedding.
Flowers and Décor
Florists import the most beautiful flowers into the Cayman Islands, so read our article about the options when it comes to decorating your wedding venue.
Brides Magazine chose Cayman as the 15th best honeymoon destination worldwide and Seven Mile Beach was praised as one of the top 25 in the world. This year, TripAdvisor members awarded the Cayman Islands number one destination in the Caribbean and Mexico.