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Weddings and Honeymoons

Abaco has become a favorite place for destination weddings in the Bahamas. The small town feel in a stunning tropical setting makes your wedding day one that you and your guests will NEVER forget.

Everyone has a different reason for getting married, spending their honeymoon or just being in love on the island known for its secluded beaches and romantic setting. Find yours as you explore this intimate island. These suggestions will help you create the perfect romantic get-away, whether you’re first-time lovers or familiar couple ready to rediscover each other. Have a look at some of our suggestions, and we’ll give you your own love story.

Here are a few of the most popular and well equipped places to host your destination wedding.

 If you have any questions or would like any recommendations or wedding ideas; we are here to help.

Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre – phone: 242-3660272 (local) email: hopetown@gmail.com.  The new Art Centre has fabulous waterfront gardens perfect for your special event. They lease out the entire property and have lots of amenities to make your event something to remember. More Info

Hope Town Harbour Lodge – phone: 242-3660095 (local) – 866-6119791 (Toll free)  The Lodge property stretches from Hope Town Harbour to the white sand Atlantic Beach giving you a stunning setting for you and your guests. They offer a number of different accommodations for you and your guests to choose from. More info

Abaco Inn – phone: 242-3660133 (local) – 800-4688799 (Toll free)
Tom Hazel is the manager and has also hosted dozens of rehearsal dinners and destination weddings. The Abaco Inn property stretches from White Sound to the Atlantic Oceanside. The Abaco Inn has various different types of rooms dotted around the property, giving you a large selection to choose from. More info

There is an abundance of beautiful private rental homes that would be perfect for a beach wedding in Hope Town. We are happy to recommend some of our favorites. Here’s two of them:

Leapin’ Lizards (Private Estate) – phone: 242- 3660262 (local)
Have your wedding catered at this stunning upscale estate on the beach near Hope Town. Ask for info on catering, cooks, massages, babysitters, cleaning services and golf carts to be arranged ahead of time. More details…

Water Mark (Private Home) – Perfect setting for an intimate wedding on the beach and reception around the pool deck. There’s a fully equipped pool bar perfect for serving. Rent this six bedroom, six bathroom immaculate home to accommodate your wedding party. More details…

Here’s some of our favorite photos from recent weddings in Hope Town by Daylight Photography. Please check out the website www.daylight-photography.com

Marriage Requirements:

Application For Licence

The couple must be in The Bahamas at the time of application for the marriage license.

Residency Period

Couples may apply a day after their arrival and can be married once they receive their approved license the day after application.


If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy must be produced. Where applicable, a translated, certified and notarised copy of the final decree must be produced.


If either party is widowed, the original death certificate, or certified copy, must be produced. Where applicable, a translated, certified and notarised copy of the death certificate must be produced.

Single Persons

If either party is single and never been married before, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a notary public or other person authorised to administer oaths in the country of residence. This document must accompany the application for the marriage license. This declaration can also be obtained in The Bahamas from an attorney-at-law or notary public.


Minors (under 18 years) may be married with both parents’ consent. Consent forms for minors are available at the Registrar General’s office.

Marrying In The Bahamas

Persons desirous of being married in the Bahamas (any island outside of New Providence and Grand Bahama) can obtain a Marriage Licence at the Administrator’s Office on that island.

Proof Of Identification And Residency

Both parties must produce a valid passport, birth certificate and photo ID. The parties must also produce evidence of the date of their arrival in The Bahamas. The Bahamas Immigration Card or entry stamp in your passport will suffice.

Blood Test: 

No blood test is necessary.


The fee for the license is $100; certified copies of a marriage certificate are $20.

Note: Marriage Licenses are issued at the office of the Registrar General in Nassau. This office is open to the public Mondays to Fridays between the hours of 9:30 a.m. Ð 4:00 p.m.

Registrars Offices

The registrar’s office should be contacted for specific rules regarding planning your destination or beach wedding in Bahamas. They will also provide information regarding marriage licenses and marriage certificates.

Office of the Registrar General
PO Box N532
Rodney Bain Building
Parliament and Shirley Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

Tel: (242) 323-0594
(242) 323-0595,
(242) 323-0597

Fax: (242) 322-5553,
(242) 393-7908

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