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Bahamas Wedding Officiant

An Elegant Non Religious Bahamas Wedding Ceremony

Bahamas wedding ceremony - officiant Glenn Ferguson

Here is an elegant non religious Bahamas wedding ceremony I had the pleasure of being celebrant wedding officiant at recently.

It was a gorgeous picture perfect day for a beach wedding in the Bahamas.  One matched only by the elegant dress worn by the bride. With the sun shining brilliantly from the blue sky over head on the pristine ocean water as it cascade on the white powdery beach nearby.

Wedding Ceremony Processional

[Groom and best men standing at the front with me, while the bride, proceeded by her bridesmaids and maid of honor, walk to join us]

Wedding Ceremony Opening Remarks

On behalf of Groom and Bride, I welcome you and thank you all for gathering here on this beautiful day to witness their marriage ceremony. The fact that you all have traveled such a great distance to be here today is a testament to the amazing amount of love and support they have. Many of you have given them much happiness, love, warmth, and guidance through the various stages of their lives. They would like to sincerely thank you all for being here to celebrate their big day.

A special and respectful acknowledgment must also be made to those friends and family members who were unable to attend, or have passed on, but whose spirit remains alive and strong in all our hearts.

I have also been asked by Groom and Bride to thank their parents for the wonderful lives they have given them, for the hard work and guidance they have provided, for their everlasting love, support, and encouragement. It is from them that they have learned the true meaning of love, friendship and family.

Bahamas Wedding Ceremony

For Groom and Bride marriage is an affirmation of life, an undying commitment, a spiritual, emotional, and intellectual bond between two people. It is created from the purest of friendship, respect and love. The institution of marriage is not entered into lightly, because it symbolizes commitment on every level. Together you will continue to meet the challenges and obstacles of life head on.

Marriage is an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. It is the mutual commitment of two people sincerely in love who share the same dreams about life. But more than that, it is the intimate sharing of two lives. It is a sharing that does not diminish but enhances the individuality of each partner.

The marriage between Groom and Bride does not mark the beginning of a new relationship; rather, it is an acknowledgment and celebration, of a relationship that has been flourishing since they met.

For Groom and Bride, love is the longing two people feel for one another. It is the need to share, in body and spirit, the warmth, serenity and peace two people can give to one another. A simple touch, a hand held at a time of uncertainty. This is what it means to be intimately human. It is the intention behind the kiss that says, “ Despite the vastness of this earth, despite the chaotic details that make up our lives, despite the hundreds of people we will meet in our travels, you are mine and I am yours forever.”

Bahamas Wedding Officiant at Bahamas wedding ceremonyBahamas Wedding Ceremony Vows

Your wedding rings represent the unconditional love that you have for one another and are a symbol of the vows that you will make today. ____, take this ring, put it on ___’s finger and repeat after me:

I, __________, take you, ____________, to be my wife/husband, my partner in life and my one true love.

I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.

I will trust you and respect you, I will laugh with you and cry with you.

I will love you faithfully and unconditionally through the best and the worst, the difficult and the easy.

Whatever may come, I promise I will always be there for you.

Wedding Ceremony Declaration of consent

“____________ (groom), will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together in the estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only for her so long as you both shall live?”

Groom responds: “I Will”

And, ____________ (bride), will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together in the estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only for him so long as you both shall live?”

Bride responds: “I Will”

Bahamas Wedding Ceremony Closing:

We who are present today, hope that the inspiration of this moment will never be forgotten. May all your days and years to come be filled with vision, joy and passion.

May the love you now share continue to grow, and may the happiness you bring to each other be a continuing part of your life together.

May you continue to laugh often and enjoy each other every day, steadfast in hope and confidence, believing in yourself and believing in each other.

May your love be a sanctuary and a source from which you draw strength to live your lives with enthusiasm and imagination.

May the people you touch in your lifetime know how much you love and care for one another and may you love one another forever.

With friends and family, you (groom), and you (bride), have openly pledged yourselves to one another in love and faithfulness, It is my privilege, by the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, to pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now kiss the groom!

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Glenn S. Ferguson, your Bahamas Wedding Officiant – Helping You To Create Your Memorable Bahamas Wedding ceremony. Just email your questions about wedding in the Bahamas to glenn@www.bahamas-destination-wedding.com or Tel: 1-242-327-2453 or 1-501-588-4621 USA

Wedding in the Bahamas

Making Your Wedding In The Bahamas Legal

Wedding in the Bahamas

You have set your mind on having your dream wedding in the Bahamas and looking forward to welcoming your guest to this island paradise just off the coast of Florida – and thinking about the party after your  Bahamas wedding ceremony. But hold up.

Are you sure that the person you have selected as your Bahamas wedding officiant can legally marry you in the Bahamas?

When it comes to getting married in the Bahamas, you have got to have the right person as your Bahamas wedding officiant to make it legal.

Wedding in the Bahamas Requirement

According to Bahamas wedding requirements,  Ship captains, ordained religious ministers, Justice of the Peace, Notary public or even your own pastor can not legally marry you in the Bahamas.

In the Bahamas weddings can only be performed by persons who have been duly licensed and recognized as Marriage Officers by the Bahamas Government.

With the exception being the Registrar, Magistrates or local family Island Administrators. Who by virtue of the office they hold can act as Bahamas wedding officiants.

So the first question you need to ask of the person that you are considering to officiate at your wedding is “Are you a Licensed Marriage Officer?” As this is the one designation of persons licensed and credentialed to legally marry you in the Bahamas based on Bahamas wedding requirements.

Documentation for wedding in the Bahamas

And the position of Marriage Officer is that of a public servant and as such is required to professionally perform their duties with integrity, complete efficiency and accuracy.
At the end of the marriage ceremony, your wedding officiant is required to complete and sign four documents:-

  1. Two copies of the Marriage Register, which is given to each of you.
  2. One Marriage Duplicate Register, which he is required to submit to the Registrar General’s office as soon as possible. And
  3. The Marriage Officer’s Register Book for his own record keeping. ( The signature of the bride and groom and two witnesses must also be on these four documents. And the witnesses may also be required to print their names for legibility.)
  4. After the wedding ceremony the a copy of the Marriage Duplicate Register is submitted to the Registrar General’s Office for the issuance of a certified Marriage Certificate. This usually take about 2 working days and cost $20.00 per certified copy.
  5. Once the Certified Marriage Certificate is received then it time for the final step in the process – getting an Apostille! And you get this from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs located East Hill Street. The Apostille take 3 working days and cost $10.00 per copy.

 Apostille for Wedding in the Bahamas

I can hear you asking “what is an Apostille?”

Well an Apostille is a certificate that allows country that are party to the Hague Conference – Apostille Convention (your country of residence) to authenticate the origin of a public document (e.g., a birth, marriage or death certificate, a judgment, an extract of a register or a notarial attestation).

Simply put an Apostille is the Bahamas’ way of telling your government and the world that you were married in the Bahamas and your wedding in the Bahamas is legal.

And of cause you know that another Bahamas wedding requirements  is that you need to get a marriage license before you can have your wedding in the Bahamas, and you can only apply for your marriage license, 24 hours after your arrival in the Bahamas.

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Glenn Ferguson is your Bahamas Wedding Officiant – Helping You To Create Your Memorable Bahamas Wedding.  Just email your questions about wedding in the Bahamas to glenn@www.bahamas-destination-wedding.com or Tel: 1-242-544-8784 or 1-501-588-4621 USA

7 Tips For Your Bahamas Wedding On The Beach

wedding on the Beach in the Bahamas

There is no question that most popular place for persons considering a wedding in the Bahamas is on a Bahamas beach.

And so,  are you planning to have your Bahamas wedding on the beach?

The good news is that there are a numbers of hotel properties in the Bahamas that will handle the entire process for you. And we will be featuring  each of them in our venue section real shortly. So if you decide to use their services then all you will need to do is show up with your family and friends .

But if you have opted not to use one of local hotel coordinators and instead wish to plan your own Bahamas beach wedding then here are 7 tips to keep your guest comfortable and smiling during your wedding in the Bahamas!

7 Tips For Your Bahamas Wedding On The Beach

  1. If you are renting folding chairs be sure and get either plastic or wooden chairs. As metal chairs will get extremely hot in the sun and you do not want to risk burning your guests.
  2. Be sure to schedule your wedding early in the day or late afternoon to avoid the afternoon heat. A 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm start time is good for the afternoon
  3. You should always provide some shade with tent, patio umbrellas, beach umbrellas or parasols. As there is always the likelihood of a passing shower
  4. Get fans, as give away wedding favors. And you can even decide to order paper fans with your monogram or wedding program printed.
  5. Rent outdoor fans and put them on a low setting to keep the noise level down.
  6. Provide water or other beverage when guests arrive. But be sure to stay away from alcoholic drinks as they tend to cause dehydration.
  7. Be sure and have an air conditioned room nearby where guests can retreat if the heat becomes too much for them. Not everyone can handle the brisk Bahamas sunshine.

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Glenn S. Ferguson is your Bahamas Wedding Planner & Officiant at Bahamas Destination Wedding – Helping You To Create Your Memorable Bahamas Wedding. Just email any question you may have about your Bahamas wedding on the beach to glenn@bahamasdestinationwedding.org or Tel: 1-242-327-2453 or 1-501-588-4621 USA