Is the hardest part actually deciding on the location? It is sort of like which came first, the chicken or the egg? There are so many legal aspects you need to ask yourself before you even begin to look at locations. Don’t even look through a brochure or pull out a map until you ask yourself this question…..Do you want a legal or a symbolic wedding? If you don’t care, then grab a brochure and start looking. If you MUST have a legal ceremony, then you need to make sure that is the first thing you find out about when you start narrowing down your choices.
Mexico, the Dominican Republic, St. Bart’s, and many of the South Pacific Islands (Fiji, Tahiti) have legalities that make it more difficult to obtain a legal license. It is not impossible, but it is certainly more than just showing up and getting married. If you love one of these locations and it is YOUR dream destination, make sure you follow each step (Mexico requires blood work when you arrive for example) and some other islands have “residency” requirements that you have obide by. After you pick your resort, know the legalities and are certain this is the best fit, then the questions you need to ask before choosing a resort are:
Do you want all inclusive?
Do you want adults only?
Do you want a lot of off site activities?
Are you planning on getting married on the beach or in a chapel?
If you answer these questions and the “symbolic vs legal” question, I can really narrow things down for you and help you find the perfect resort and location.
It is sometimes as easy as saying you want Adults Only in a LEGAL location that is easy to get married at. The reason for this is because there aren’t all that many locations that have adults only resorts where the legalities aren’t too complicated.
Here is a list of some of my favorite EASY to get married islands:
The sunsets at each of these islands are amazing. Palm trees and Paradise await!