Every destination wedding on this island could be the closing scene of a love story made for the ages. There are so many picture perfect settings and so much surrounding beauty that choosing your starting off point in life will be harder than choosing your life's companion. No matter what your final decision, you and your guests will feel like royalty as professional planners and caterers accommodate your every need.
Couples planning on getting married on St. Maarten must be at least 18 years of age. Requests must be submitted at the least 14 days prior to the scheduled ceremony to be conducted by the Registrar. The following notarized original documents must be submitted to the Registrar with your request:
* A full abridged birth certificate to prove the legality of the same. These documents should be provided with an "Apostille" stamp. The "Apostille Stamp" can be obtained at the Secretary of State's office in the various states in the USA. In Canada, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Consulate have to legalize said documents.
Unmarried persons must present a declaration of marital status not older than 3 months;
Persons must be 18 years of age;
Address of both parties;
Names of parents and maiden name of mother;
Date and Place of birth of parents;
Professions of bride and groom and of parents;
6 (six) witnesses if the marriage is performed outside of the Marriage Hall. Non-Dutch witnesses must present a valid passport or a birth certificate with a picture I.D.;
If widow(er), a death certificate;
If divorced, a divorce certificate or a final judgment decree;
For minors, permission of the parents is required;
In the event persons are not of Dutch nationality, a valid passport is required;
Original documents other than Dutch or English need to be translated into the Dutch language (i.e. a French or Spanish document must be translated into Dutch, not English).
The price for contracting a marriage depends on your choice of location and the day of the ceremony and will be a minimum of US$ 178.00 and a maximum of US$ 410.00. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Questions can be directed to:
Chief Registrar -
Census Office Soualiga Road
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Fax: + 721-542-4267
Please note our new area code is 1-721 effective Sep. 30, 2011