Post # 1
Destination Wedding brides (past and present), I really need help with this one. We are getting married in Jamaica and the hotel requires that you send them copies of the bride and groom’s birth certificate and passport to apply for the marriage license. Since we do not live there, we can’t get it ourselves. And before anyone suggests that we get married in the States first, we are already considering it but only as a last resort. I don’t like the idea of asking guests to spend X amount of dollars to come watch us “renew” our vows.
Does anyone have any experience (negative or positive) with this? Or any tips on how to protect ourselves from identity theft, etc?
Post # 3
well i had to send copies of our birth certificates only and i had no problem. I scanned them and sent them in an email – i am pretty sure i password protected the document they were scanned into. then you can give the password in a separate email or over the phone. that was the most secure way i knew how to do it. However, i partly did it like that because i was lazy and didn’t mail them sooner. If i got around to it i would have mailed them via snail mail several months earlier. I also know a few people that have got married in Jamaica (well, two people personally), and no had identity theft issues. Just think there are weddings almost every day, all year, at all the resorts and every couple is doing the same thing with sending in the certificates.
I do wonder why you have to send your passport as i was not asked for this – maybe its an American versus Canadian thing?
Another idea if you want to mail and not email is to maybe FedEx it or something through priority mail. That way it gets delievered right to the person’s hands and not dropped in a mail box. you can probably pay a bit extra to have a signature required upon delivery too so you know exactly who received them.
Post # 4
@dynamic_duo: Hey girl! I was hoping you would read this and reply. I had the same thoughts (i.e. – thousands of other couples have to do it and have probably not had issue). Plus, I figured since we are sending them to the hotel and not someone’s personal home there would be less chance for problems. I’m not sure why they need our passports though. The hotel recommends that you send the documents via FedEx and I would definitely require the signature of the person. Thanks for easing my mind a bit.
Post # 5
We too are getting married in Jamaica in May and was told to FedEx or UPS everything to them two months or more in advance AND everything we send must be notiarized. We then have to bring all of the original documents to match up to their copies!! We werent given the option of emailing anything.
Definitely make sure you send these documents with some sort of tracking number. (FYI if either of you are divorced they required a copy of the divorce decree too!)