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HOW TO GET MARRIED IN... Turks & Caicos

Travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith tell you what you need to know

Need to know
To get married on one of the tranquil Turks & Caicos islands, you need to have been resident there for a minimum of 48 hours. You'll also need a special license from the registrar's office, which takes two to three days to process and costs around $50. You will have had to be on the islands for 24 hours before you can apply. The marriage must be solemnized by a registrar or marriage officer—usually the Registrar General for Special Licenses. The officials can be tempted away from their usual station and onto a beach or other wedding venue of your choice, but you might have to fork out for their travel expenses.

Can I get married in a church there?
If you want a church wedding, most ministers will want proof of membership.

Do I need any special paperwork?
Required documents (these must be originals, not copies) include:

- photo ID (your passport will do).
- proof of single status (decree absolute or a sworn affidavit of singledom).
- a letter giving both party’s occupations, marital status, age as of last birthday, present address of residence and father’s full name.

Useful contacts
Call Lenora Missick, Registrar of Marriages, at +2-649-941-5123.
The U.S. tourist office number is 1-800-241-0824, but Turks & Caicos is a U.K. territory, so it might be easiest to contact the U.K. embassy for advice (+44-20-7798-9342).

Where to stay in Turks & Caicos
Mr & Mrs Smith’s favorite place to stay is the Asian-inspired beach retreat Amanyara, on the pure shores of Providenciales.

Click here for more recommended boutique hotels in Turks & Caicos.

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See our other How to Get Married In... guides

How to get married in the Caribbean
How to get married in Barbados
How to get married in France
How to get married in Mexico

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