Need HELP- Eloping to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Need officicant?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Would there be a reason you wouldnt want to go thru the hotel/resort to help you plan your elopment?  That was a major selling point for me in that they did alot of the work that I would have had to do for an at home wedding?  (We did not stay at your resort, but we did get married in Jamaica)

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We got married at Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay. The resort offers three wedding packages and one is free depending on the level of room you choose. It’s meant for a small wedding party or an elopement. I even think if you go to secrets.com and click on wild orchid you can make your way the wedding planning information to see the wedding packages. 

We had to send to the resort three months in advance birth certificates, copy of passports so they could get all of the paperwork together of the marriage license.  They made all of the arrangements for the minister and the license.  We didn’t actually get the license in the mail til we got back, two months later.  The hardest part in all of this was getting our birth certificates in order to get our passports. Neither one of us had a birth certificate that listed our parents’ names on them. Just something the county we were born in didn’t require… So til we did that, we had to pay extra to rush our passports thru so that we could send all of the paperwork to Jamaica… That was the hardest part! The rest was easy!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Cwynn – we didnt get a license from our home state – as we were told our marriage in Jamaica was legal anywhere….

If you already have a passport then I am pretty sure you are okay with whatever birth certificate you already have.  It is a US Passport requirement to have both parents names listed on the bc.  When we initially applied for a passport in January we were turned away because neither of our bc’s had our parents listed on them.  

Like I said if you already have a passport, then you should be okay.

And you are quite welcome.  Feel free to ask me anything else 🙂

Post # 8
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Wannabee

cwynn:  Hello! What did you figure out? We are trying to do the exact same thing next month. Just the two of us. No need for extra expenses but definatly need photogrpher. resort is booked so that option is out. Any tipes? Thanks!!!

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