What to Do Before You Say I Do

Sunny Aruba, with its mix of barefoot casual and sexy glamour, has become one of the most 
desirable island wedding destinations. Its westward-facing, white-sand beaches wrap sunset ceremonies in 
a dreamy glow, and its luxurious waterfront resorts offer upscale wining and dining for the most discerning tastes.


If you want a legal, civil marriage on Aruba, it must take place at the beautiful Town Hall in Oranjestad. But couples 
can also arrange a religious blessing or vow-exchanging beach ceremony after they have been legally married, either 
on Aruba or at home. After the ceremony, you will sign and receive a symbolic marriage certificate. Many couples choose to be legally married at home, and then have their beach wedding ceremony on Aruba. This eliminates 
the need for any legal paperwork and also cuts costs. All that’s needed is a copy of the actual marriage certificate. 


If you do choose to be legally married on Aruba, you will need to provide the following documents:


  • Copy of birth certificate for bride and groom, with apostille (state certification). Full names of parents, including mother’s maiden name, must be on the birth certificate. 

  • Certificate of no impediment for bride and groom, with apostille. This is also referred to as a single status report, and in some states called a negative statement of marriage. 

  • Copy of the first and last page of the divorce decree(s), with apostille, if either party is divorced.

  • Copy of death certificate, with apostille, if either party is widowed.



Forms to be completed also include the following:


  • Letter of intent for bride and groom.

  • Declaration of single status for bride and groom.

  • Passport picture page for bride, groom, with up to four (4) witnesses.



Please note, original documents are required a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to the wedding date. 


For more information:

Aruba’s Office of Civil Registry

Schoolstraat 2, Oranjestad,
Tel: (297) 522-3676

Via Google Translate visit www.censo.aw

Aruba Tourism Authority

www.aruba.com/aruba-vacations/weddings-honeymoons


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