Whether you are getting married or renewing your vows Hayes and Jarvis can make your special event run smoothly.
With weddings in the UK becoming more expensive, it has never made more sense to consider a wedding abroad, and it’s not just the price you will want to consider. We can help you choose a small ceremony for two or a larger gathering with your friends and family there to help you celebrate.
It’s your special day and we understand that everybody has a different idea of where that once-in-a-lifetime event should be. While one couple’s dream wedding is on the white sandy shores of the Caribbean, others may prefer to renew their vows among the breathtaking scenery of Thailand or the Maldives.
It is our aim to present you with your perfect event where everything falls into place, and with our weddings team, you can be sure that your special day will run smoothly, taking away all the stress of planning a wedding.
The picturesque, white-sand beaches on each Caribbean island will ensure every wedding photo will come out perfectly. Enjoy a sunset cruise afterwards for an added romantic touch. Or why not consider the beach resorts on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. These hotels are used to hosting large groups, so you and your wedding party can be assured of the warmest of welcomes. You’ll find many hotels offer free weddings in these destinations too.
The climate and friendliness of the locals in the Indian Ocean lend themselves perfectly to weddings abroad, as do free and great value wedding packages, for example at LUX* Belle Mare in Mauritius (main image). Many people choose the Maldives to renew their vows in paradise and combine it with a spectacular holiday they might not have had when they first married. Both can be twinned with Sri Lanka for an extended holiday or honeymoon experience.
The USA offers a whole host of destinations to tie the knot, from Las Vegas to New York and even Hawaii. Why not take a helicopter ride to the bottom of the Grand Canyon or tie the knot in a chapel and get an iconic pink Cadillac to take you to the ceremony in Las Vegas. Or why not get married in the lush surroundings of Central Park in New York? With several different locations choose your perfect location in this most romantic of cities.
Get married on Safari
The intimate atmosphere and private location of Jock Safari Lodge in South Africa’s Kruger National Park is perfect for a romantic wedding. Imagine saying your vows surrounded by the African wilderness and only your loved ones. The savannah may be untamed, but the lodge has 12 luxury suites, a relaxing spa and a dedicated team of chefs to make your wedding day special.
Get married in New York
New York is one of the most romantic cities in the world and Christmas is, to many, the most magical time of the year, so why not combine the two for your wedding? We can arrange for your ceremony to take place under the glistening lights of the gigantic Christmas tree at the famous Rockefeller Center for a day full of glamour and wintry romance.
Get married in Thailand
If the wedding of your dreams involves a secluded beach set among coconut groves, with a backdrop of jungle-clad cliffs then Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand is your place. Rayavadee’s unique Grotto, a section of the beach nestled under ancient limestone cliffs, is a spectacular setting for your big day - and with the option of a water or Bhuddist monk blessing ceremony, weddings don’t get much better than this.
Ceremonies, extravagant or intimate, aren’t reserved just for newlyweds. If you’re looking to celebrate a special anniversary in style or perhaps have that dream wedding and honeymoon you couldn’t have when you first got married, then mark the special occasion with a renewal of vows ceremony.
Renew your vows in destinations where you cannot get married, such as on the beach in the Maldives, or invite friends and family to luxury resorts around the world for a huge celebration of the time you’ve spent together so far. Whatever the occasion, we’ll help you find the perfect place to renew your vows.
The following information is for guidance only.
The document requirements for your chosen destination will be sent in your Wedding Pack, after your wedding reservation has been made. It is important to organise yourselves and ensure that you allow sufficient time to provide all necessary documentation within the given timescales. The Hayes & Jarvis Weddings Team will be on hand to assist and offer advise where necessary.
|Required Documents & Minimum Residency||Minimum Residency (Working Days unless stated otherwise)||Full 10 Year Passports||Birth Certificates||Certificate of no impediment|
Valid for 3 months
|Single Status Statutory Declaration|
Valid for 6 months
|Antigua||1 day recommended|
|Bali||2 days but flexible|
|Barbados||2 days but flexible|
|Dominican Republic||3 days|
|Florida||1 day to complete marriage license|
|Mauritius||2 days but flexible|
|New York||1 day to complete marriage license|
|Seychelles||None but recommend 3 days|
|South Africa||3 days||Valid for 3 months|
|Sri Lanka||4 Days to complete marriage license||Valid for 3 months|
|St Lucia||3 Working Days|
|St Vincent & The Grenadines||1 day|
|Thailand||Must spend 3 full working days (excluding arrival day) in Bangkok|
|Turks & Caicos|
|Required Documents & Minimum Residency||If Widowed, Spouses Death Certificate & Previous Marriage Certificate||If Adopted, Adoption Certificate||If Name Changed, Deed Poll Document||Document Copies to be Certified by a Solicitor||Documents to be Legalised at the FCO||Minimum Age|
|Cuba||If previously married or name change see notes||18|
|Dominican Republic||Yes - See below||21|
|Sri Lanka||Yes - Further legalisation also required from the Sri Lankan High Commission||18|
|St Vincent & The Grenadines||18|
|Turks & Caicos|
To the best of our knowledge these details were correct as of February 2016. This information may be subject to change and review at short notice.
This information is a guideline for British passport holders only. Non British passport holders or those with documents issued outside of the UK should contact their local embassy. The table refers to each destination as a whole but some hotels and resorts may have different requirements, which can change at any time, it is therefore advisable to speak with your weddings specialist.
Additional charges will apply if documents have to be legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This is only applicable in some destinations. Documentation can change without prior notice, the information given at time of booking is correct. In some destinations, it is necessary to visit a local government office prior to your ceremony, which is not included in the cost of your wedding package.
Please contact your local embassy for Visa information and applications.
Laws and requirements are subject to change at short notice. We cannot be held accountable for any changes in legislation and for any additional fees that may be incurred as a result. However, should we be informed of any changes to the documentation process once you have booked, we will notify you as soon as possible.
Translation of documents may be required before you leave the UK for some destinations.
All marriage certificates are issued in the local language and controlled by the local authorities. Should they not be available before your return to the UK they will be posted to you. This can sometimes take a number of months. Additional charges will be incurred for translations upon your return to the UK.
Minimum residency is 3/4 business days (Monday to Saturday). Arrive in resort by 3pm for the day of arrival to be considered your first day. Compulsory blood test is taken in resort (local charge). Documents translated in resort (local charge).
If divorced, widowed, or name changed by deed poll, documents must be translated into Spanish and certified by a Solicitor. The Spanish and English documents must be sent first to the FCO, then the Cuban Consulate to be stamped and legalised.
No minimum residency, however we recommend at least ONE working day to complete paperwork. Affidavits will need to be completed in resort and additional local charges apply. Couples must visit the Consulate in person. The religious ceremony must be performed in accordance with the couple's own faith. Hayes & Jarvis can only book weddings for Christian couples who are British citizens.
If bride divorced and remarrying within 10 months, must do a pregnancy test in resort (local charge). Birth certificates must be reissued within 3 months of wedding.
If divorced, copies of previous marriage certificate and applicable divorce document required.
Wedding couples must spend a minimum of 3 nights (weekdays) in Bangkok including the arrival day. Suggested departure on Day 4 is after 7pm to make sure all documentation is returned in time (first day of legal process starts approx 7.30am in the morning; the couple can leave on the fourth week day after 7pm). Couples are accompanied throughout this process by a local representative.
Divorced women cannot get married again until at least 10 months after the divorce is finalised, unless her new husband is the same man she has divorced. Once documents have been legalised at the FCO, further legalisation and translations are required from the Dominican Republic Embassy, and this cannot be done any earlier than 3 months prior to the wedding.
We get a number of enquiries regarding our weddings and honeymoons, so we are sharing our answers to your top questions.
Is our marriage legally recognised in the UK?
Yes. Once the marriage is registered in the country where the ceremony is taking place, your marriage is legally recognised in the UK and your certificate is proof of this. This may vary if you are not a British Citizen and we recommend that you contact your local embassy.
Can we be married abroad if one of us holds a non-UK passport?
Yes, however there are some exceptions so please call our wedding specialists or check with the relevant embassy for current information.
How many weddings take place a day?
This will vary between destination and hotel, from one every hour to one per day. Please call for more information.
Which name should I travel under?
The bride should simply travel under her maiden name for the entire journey because the name on the ticket must be identical to the name on the passport. Upon return simply have your passport amended to your married name.
What is included in our wedding?
The holiday and wedding price we confirm to you at the time of booking, plus the ease of knowing our expert weddings team are there for you. Some hotels may change some inclusions; however you will be notified of any changes at the earliest opportunity. Free weddings may include different items to paid weddings and may not be combinable with other special offers at the hotel. They may also exclude legal fees which will need to be payable in resort.
Can we invite guests to our weddings?
Yes. Please advise us of the number of people attending and we’ll do the rest. If your party is not residing at the same hotel some additional charges may apply, especially for all inclusive resorts. If the hotel where your ceremony is taking place is ‘Adults Only’, children may be accepted for the ceremony, permission must be granted prior to the big day. Please call for more information.
Where will our wedding ceremony take place?
The ceremony will generally take place within the grounds of the hotel. Some hotels have a choice of locations, such as gardens or the beach, others may have a designated area. If you book your wedding for a public venue, this will be re-confirmed with you in-resort. This is subject to local regulations and weather conditions.
Can our wedding take place on any day of the week?
Monday – Friday is when most wedding ceremonies take place. This excludes public holidays. Please check with the relevant tourist board for current information on national holidays in your chosen destination.
Will the date and time of our wedding be confirmed prior to arrival?
We will be able to confirm the date of your wedding prior to arrival; however the time will be confirmed to you on arrival at the resort. A preferred time can be requested for you.
Will we need to complete any paperwork in resort?
Paperwork will need to be completed and sometimes visits to relevant offices are necessary and taxis to and from will come at an extra charge. We may also request additional information from you in order to confirm the wedding with the hotel.
Who will conduct our ceremony?
The majority of our weddings are conducted by a marriage officer whose title varies depending upon the resort, for example, a Celebrant, Minister or Registrar.
Can we have more than one copy of the marriage certificate?
Yes. You can request this in resort and there may be an additional charge. Certain destinations can take up to four months prior to process your marriage certificate
How do I transport my Wedding dress?
Hayes and Jarvis is delighted to recommend The Empty Box Company, who will be able to help your Wedding Dress transport needs for your special day. For more information view our wedding travel boxes page.
"I just wanted to let you know that we are back from the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun and we had an amazing time. The resort is excellent and our wedding day was perfect in every way. Thank you, we will definitely be booking through Hayes and Jarvis again.” - Zoe and her new husband, married in Mexico
“We have recently arrived back in the UK from our wedding in Mexico at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun. We would like to thank you both for the excellent service you provided and to let you know the wedding went smoothly and according to plan. Again thank you all, we would have no hesitation in booking with Hayes and Jarvis in the future." - Helen and Charles, married in Mexico
"Thanks Hayes and Jarvis. Arranging our wedding was easy; we picked a date after we'd decided to get married in the first first week of our Mauritius holiday (so we felt like we had a honeymoon afterwards) and we booked the luxurious Maritim hotel. All proved completely stress-free wit the help of the Hayes and Jarvis wedding specialists. It was all surprisingly straightforward" - Mr and Mrs Ellis, married in Mauritius
"Mark and I would like to thank you for your professional service. The holiday and our wedding was beyond our expectations. Hotelbeds were amazing with our transfers and meetings at the embassy. We were treated like royalty and the service they provided was A1. Krabi was awesome and Woon the wedding co-ordinator was far beyond helpful. We will certainly book with you again." - Mr and Mrs Davidson, married in Thailand.
"It was so nice to be met at the hotel by our wedding co-ordinator and to be able to choose our the time of our wedding and what extra we wanted and not to have an hassles with any arrangements, I only had to choose my flowers for bouquet...less stress and we were able to start to enjoy our holiday from day 1..The whole experience was very special, the lovely traditional Sri Lankan ceremony was very personal and the hotel took every care to ensure it all went smoothly. It really was a day to remember...the setting is amazing, lovely hotel and beach and the friendliest, helpful staff I have ever met.. Rishini and her team were always available for support and advice and it truly will be a memorable experience." - Mr & Mrs Calver, married in Sri Lanka