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Marrying in the Caribbean: Destination Weddings in the US Virgin Islands

Why Here?

The U.S. Virgin Islands are some of the most lovely and hassle-free places to have a Caribbean destination wedding. The U.S. dollar is the official currency, so there's no problem with exchanging money or fluctuating currency, and the air routes are some of the most competitive, which means that airfare is reasonable.

What to Know

  • The three U.S. Virgin Islands -- St. John, St. Croix, and St. Thomas -- along with 50-odd scattered cays are some of the most popular Caribbean destinations for Americans.
  • The islands are also main stops on the itinerary of most Caribbean cruises so they can sometimes feel crowded with all the visitors.
  • There are pros and cons to each U.S. Virgin Island and what couples gain in convenience, they tend to lose in authenticity. Although, St. Thomas has luxe, five-star resorts, it is the most developed. St. John is the swankiest of the U.S. Virgin Islands and generally the most expensive, while St. Croix is the largest.

Marriage Requirements

Residency requirement: None
Necessary documents: Driver's licenses or passports; proof of divorce or death certificate of former spouse/s (if applicable); letter accompanying application for marriage stating date of visit, length of stay, and preferred wedding date if having ceremony performed by a judge
Note: Application must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding and couples must pay a $50 license fee. No blood tests are required.

For More Info: USVI Division of Tourism (800) 372-8784; Territorial Court, St. Thomas and St. John, (340) 774-6680; Territorial Court, St. Croix, (340) 778-9750; or usvitourism.vi

Photo: Faith West Photography

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