Post # 1
Planning a Destination Wedding in Jamaica. Had first phone planning session today. Was informed there is a 8-10 week for legal marriage certificate. Presently paying more than $800 month for health insurance, recently became disabled. Cannot change names or be on Fiance insurance until receive this document. How have other Destination Wedding brides handled this? Surely I can’t be the first to have this issue. I am 56 and this is my second marriage to my first love from when I was thirteen years old. We reunited after forty years!!! We want the intimate tropical wedding…….BUT three more months of high health insurance premiums is giving me heart palpitations and second guessing our plans for Destination Wedding. WHAT TO DO???? HELP???
Post # 3
Can you get married at the court house first in the states and then have a ceremony in Jamaica?
Post # 4
I second kristiew417. Get legally married stateside and then have your ceremony in Jamaica.
Post # 5
I agree, much easier to have the legal stuff done in the US, since it always takes a while for them to recognize weddings in other countries.
Post # 6
We got married in the U.S. before our wedding in Mexico. Just made everything easier.
And we don’t even count the courthouse wedding. The “anniversary” of it was a few weeks ago and we honestly forgot. We count our wedding as our anniversary.
Post # 7
We are doing a legal ceremony when we return from our Destination Wedding. You could do it before or after just like the others have posted.
Post # 8
We didn’t want to deal with the legalities of other states before our wedding “at sea”, so we are getting married in NYC or DC before we leave for our wedding. It might be easier for you. In some cities and states you can have your marriage certificate before you leave the courthouse–I know NYC is one of these cities.
Post # 9
Thanks bees! We decided to do just what you all said. We are getting married at courthouse very soon. The resort has a vow renewal package that will be our “real wedding”! I am choosing to wait until that day to wear my wedding dress. Actually, we are having our courthouse wedding 43 years from the day we first met, which makes it very meaningful. Truly it doesn’t matter if I marry my fiancee in the middle of a cornfield, he is my ONE love of my life and we waited forty three years and our love lasted while we were apart for those years so I am ECSTATIC!!!