Tying the knot in Paradise. From Wedding Vows to Venues on Grand Cayman Island
Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, Grand Cayman Island emerges as a jewel of romance, boasting breathtaking resorts, crystal-clear waters, emerald rainforests, and unspoiled beaches. This idyllic paradise warmly embraces its visitors, creating an enchanting backdrop for those seeking to celebrate love in an extraordinary way. Known for its idyllic landscapes and first-rate tourism facilities, Grand Cayman Island has swiftly become a coveted destination for couples dreaming of an unforgettable wedding.
The entire Cayman Islands archipelago stands out as a beacon of safety, accessibility, and convenience in the Caribbean – traits that are particularly appealing for a destination wedding. Grand Cayman, in particular, exudes an air of sophistication and tranquility, setting itself apart from other Caribbean locales known for their relentless party atmospheres. Here, you’ll find a harmonious balance – a place where fun is plentiful yet refined, appealing to guests of all ages and tastes.
In this guide, we’ve curated a selection of Grand Cayman’s finest wedding venues, each offering its own unique charm and allure. Whether your heart is set on an intimate beach ceremony, a grand reception in a luxurious setting, or an adventurous nuptial exchange aboard a sailboat, your dream wedding awaits on Grand Cayman Island. Join us as we explore these venues, helping you turn your vision into a beautiful reality amidst the island’s captivating beauty.
Getting Married in the Cayman Islands
Embarking on your matrimonial journey in the Cayman Islands not only promises a picturesque setting but also an effortless and smooth experience. To marry in this tropical paradise, couples must first obtain a marriage license, a straightforward process that adds to the ease of planning.
The islands boast reliably splendid weather year-round, ensuring your special day is bathed in sunshine and gentle breezes. Furthermore, the Cayman Islands offer a diverse array of stunning wedding venues, from intimate beachfronts to luxurious resorts, each providing a unique and breathtaking backdrop for your unforgettable celebration.
Marriage Requirements on Grand Cayman Island
To get married on Grand Cayman Island, couples must comply with certain requirements to ensure their union is legally recognized. Here’s a comprehensive overview of the marriage requirements:
- Marriage License Application: Couples must apply for a non-resident marriage license. The application can be obtained from the Passport and Corporate Services office or a licensed marriage officer on the island. The Civil Registrar issues Cayman Islands marriage licenses. You can apply for a license in person or by mail.
If applying by mail, you’ll need to submit a notarized application form, along with the required documents and fees. The form is available on the Cayman Islands’ Government website. Once you have your marriage license, you’ll need to allow at least 24 hours for the license to be processed, and then, you can get married anywhere on Grand Cayman Island
- Proof of Identity and Marital Status: Both parties need to provide proof of identity, typically a valid passport. If either party is divorced, a decree absolute must be presented. In the case of a widow or widower, the death certificate of the deceased spouse is required.
- Minimum Age Requirement: The legal age for marriage without parental consent is 18. If either party is aged 16-17, parental consent is necessary.
- Arrival in the Cayman Islands: There’s no required waiting period or residency requirement in the Cayman Islands. You can marry the same day of your arrival, provided the marriage license has been issued.
- Witnesses: Two witnesses must be present during the ceremony. If you’re eloping, witnesses can often be provided by the marriage officer or the venue.
- Marriage Officer: A marriage must be officiated by a licensed marriage officer for the ceremony to be legal.
- Marriage Certificate: After the ceremony, a marriage certificate will be issued. It’s advisable to get several certified copies as they may be needed for legal procedures in your home country.
1. Beach wedding venue on Grand Cayman Island
Other beaches are Barker’s Beach, located on the West Bay Public beach; or Governor’s Beach which is located on the beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
For a more intimate beach ceremony, you can rent a private villa to have a private beach ceremony with your closest family and friends. This will give you the privacy you desire on your special day. You can also have your reception at the villa, which will save you money on venue rental fees.
Sprat Bay Ocean front Luxury Villa
Sprat Bay Ocean front Luxury Villa in South Sound is a top-rated Ocean Front Villa with its own private beach, pier and swimming pool located in South Sound. The villa is constructed on a 20,000 sq ft land in a tropical setting with tall palm trees, perfect for a private beach wedding venue!
2. Unique wedding venues on Grand Cayman Island
Yes, Grand Cayman’s gorgeous beaches and warm Caribbean waters attract love birds from around the world, but there is also so much more. The island has many other venues apart from its beaches, such as historic buildings, lush tropical gardens, and even underwater venues! And while some couples prefer to tie the knot in a church, others find that a ceremony held in a different setting provides a unique experience that better represents their relationship together.
Photo taken from The Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park Website
If you want to tie the knot underwater, there are plenty of options. But what about getting hitched while swimming among the coral reefs and colorful tropical fish? Cathy Church Photo Centre offers underwater weddings and they are surprisingly easy to arrange!
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park on the North Side, offers a wedding venue like no other, with 65 acres of land that includes gardens, a beach, and a rainforest. The park also has a spacious pavilion that can accommodate up to 50 guests.
Cayman Turtle Farm is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Grand Cayman Island. It’s also home to turtles, stingrays, and other marine life. And, it turns out, you can get married there too!
The farm offers a unique wedding venue with both indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate up to 150 guests. So, if you’re looking for something different, this is yet another great option for wedding venues on Grand Cayman Island.
3. A private luxury wedding venue in a villa
Looking for a truly private and intimate setting for your wedding? If your wedding is on the smaller side, why not get married in a villa? There are plenty of luxurious villas to choose from on Grand Cayman Island and many reasons to consider them.
For one, it provides complete privacy on your wedding day. You won’t have to worry about strangers and photo bombers crashing your party or taking pictures of you while you exchange vows. Secondly, a villa rental gives you the freedom to design your own wedding. You can choose your own décor, catering, and entertainment.
And lastly, a villa provides a more intimate setting for your wedding day. You’ll be able to spend quality time with your closest family and friends in a relaxed and comfortable environment with a variety of services to make your stay even more enjoyable. We can help you find one that perfectly suits your needs.
Parrot-ise is a meticulously crafted and cared-for island luxury villa featuring total privacy. The Parrot-ise villa is located in scenic, laid-back Cayman Kai on Grand Cayman. With no neighbors on either side, except lush Grape Trees, you have your own personal private retreat.
You have over 100 feet of direct oceanfront white sandy beaches and excellent shallow coral reefs teeming with a world of aquatic sea life three steps below the pool deck.
On Grand Cayman’s South Sound, Faroway Villa is a stunning, one-story, 5,000 square foot luxury oceanfront villa with an oceanfront pool, private dock with thatched cabana, lovely outdoor dining space, and expansive lawn.
An impressive first impression is created by the standing seam metal roof and grand entry carpark. The property is located on a broad, beautiful sandy beach. A unique oceanfront luxury getaway, Faroway has marble floors, tall windows and doors, high ceilings, and well-built outside party spaces.
If you want a truly unique and memorable experience, consider getting married in one of our private luxury villas on Grand Cayman Island. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect compliment for your big day. If you are staying for your honeymoon, what better way to start your life together than in your own private villa? It will be an experience you’ll never forget.Are you a wedding guest and looking for a place to stay, do not worry, you can stay in your luxury accommodation. All of our vacation rentals come with a variety of amenities to make your stay even more enjoyable. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your dream wedding today.
3 common questions about your wedding on Grand Cayman Islands.
Is Grand Cayman Islands safe?
Yes, it is safe, in fact Grand Cayman Islands is one of the safest places in the Caribbean. It is a British Overseas Territory and has a strong economy. There is no crime and the people are friendly.
How much does cost a marriage license on Grand Cayman Islands?
A marriage license costs about CI$150 (US$187.50), plus a CI$50 (US$62.50) application fee. The license is valid for three months, so you’ll need to apply for it no more than 90 days before your wedding.
Can non-residents get married on Grand Cayman Islands?
Yes, they can! Non-residents must provide a valid passport and visa, birth certificates, proof of citizenship and legal age, evidence of marital status (death certificate or divorce decree if applicable), Cayman Island immigration department pink entry slips, and 2 witnesses over the age of 18 with valid.