Thanks to recent changes, anyone at all can get married in St. Martin, French West Indies (in the past, only residents of St. Martin itself or of mainland France could get married on the island).
And St. Martin is just about the perfect place to get married: close to Florida, with direct flights to most major cities on the east coast, including Miami and New York, as well as Toronto, this little French overseas territory is alive with the spirit and soul of the Caribbean. There are beautiful beaches, plenty of small towns to explore by car or on foot, plus a dazzling nightlife that mixes European sensibilities with Caribbean verve. And St. Martin is big enough that it’s possible to find your own piece of sugar-sand beach, lapped by cyan waves, to get away from it all and enjoy your new life together.
St. Martin is the perfect wedding destination for couples looking to tie the knot in the Tropics. Whether you are planning a civil ceremony celebrated by the President of the Collectivity, a traditional church wedding or your dream honeymoon, just about anything and everything is possible on the island of St. Martin. In this guide you will find details of the important steps you need to take in preparation for your special day.
Plan 6 months ahead
The most important thing to remember is you need to start preparations for a civil ceremony at least 6 months prior to your wedding day. As well, Civil ceremonies are held exclusively at the Collectivité of St Martin Salles des mariages – the official “marriage hall” on the island. You need to send a letter the desired marriage date, plus both your names to the President of the St. Martin Collectivité at the following address: Collectivité de Saint-Martin – BP374 – 97054 Saint Martin.
The letter should be addressed to the “Etat-civil department”, which can also be contacted email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll need the following documents:
- Photocopies of ID for both of you
- Full birth certificate issued within the last 3 months (for non-French nationals, it must be issued within the last 6 months and must be accompanied by a French translation). An Apostil Stamp is also required
- Copy of your proof of address (water, electricity or telephone bill)
- Photocopies of witnesses ID (address and profession)
- Marriage contract (Contrat de Mariage), if applicable
- “Certificat de coutume” (for foreigners only), a document stipulating the laws of the country regarding marriage
- “Certificat de Célibat” – certificate proving unmarried status issued within the last 3 months (for foreign nationals only)
The official St. Martin site has more information about getting married on the island.