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Couples who would like to get married in Bermuda must file a "Notice of Intended Marriage" with the Registry General, accompanied by a fee of $243, plus $42 for the certificate (in the form of a bank draft or money order, not a personal check). Make out the draft to "The Accountant General," and mail or deliver it in person to the Registry General, Government Administration Building, 30 Parliament St., Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda (tel. 441/297-7706; www.bermuda-online.org/marriages.htm). Bermuda Department of Tourism offices in Atlanta and New York distribute "Notice of Intended Marriage" forms, or you can contact the Bermuda Department of Tourism (tel. 800/BERMUDA [237-6832]) and a form will be mailed to you. If either of the prospective marriage partners has been married before, that person must attach a photocopy of the final divorce decree to the "Notice of Intended Marriage."

Once the Registry General receives the "Notice of Intended Marriage," it will be published, including names and addresses, in any two of the island's newspapers. Assuming that there is no formal objection, the registry will issue the license 15 days after receiving the notice. Airmailing your completed notice to Bermuda takes 6 to 10 days, so plan accordingly. The marriage license will be sent to you and will be valid for 3 months.

Hiring a Wedding Consultant

Many hotels can help make wedding arrangements -- reserving the church and clergy, hiring a horse and buggy, ordering the wedding cake, and securing a photographer. Weddings in Bermuda range from simple ceremonies on the beach to large-scale extravaganzas at the Botanical Gardens. Other popular sites include churches and yachts.

The Bridal Suite, 125 North Shore Rd., Pembroke HM 14, East Bermuda (tel. 888/253-5585 or 441/292-2025; www.bridalsuitebermudaweddings.com), arranges wedding packages that range in cost from $2,000 to $30,000.

Some hotels -- including the Elbow Beach Hotel and both of the Fairmont hotels -- will arrange weddings. If you're staying at a small hotel, it's better to go through a wedding consultant to plan your wedding.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.