- Pick a date, time and location for your
- If you can avoid weekends and holidays then do so.
If you are coming in on a cruise ship on a weekend
or holiday then it is best to have your wedding as
early as possible to avoid crowds. Typically it will
take about 45 minutes to get from the cruise ship
to the court house and to most wedding locations.
Check with your cruise ship to find out what time
you can reasonably be off the ship (different than
docking time). If you can be off the ship by 9:15am
then you can easily make a 10am wedding.
If you are coming by cruise ship note that
SOME cruise ships do not change their clocks to our
Please ask your cruise ship to verify St.
Thomas' time in relation to your cruise ship time.
Otherwise you could think you are getting off the
ship at 9am to find that it is 10am on St. Thomas!
This is applicable fall to spring (beginning of Nov
to mid of March) when we are one hour ahead of the
US East Coast.
From spring to fall we are on the same time as the
US East Coast. ( EST )
The courts are open-
8am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Saturday 10am to noon.
Sunday 9:30am to 11am.
Holidays - times vary - good to call ahead -
.. Check here for a list
of St. Thomas
If you are coming in on a weekend or holiday (or near
a holiday ) then call ahead to verify the court house
hours ahead of time - 340-774-6680 (ext 6207) or ask
for marriage license department.
is a $150 extra fee for going to the court on Sundays
and most holidays. If you are staying on island then
you can go to the court house days before your wedding.
The court house is closed on some holidays
- Depending on whether you wish to be married barefoot
in sand or in a gazebo with an incredible view, we have
some great locations for your dream wedding. Check out
our locations page , sailing
weddings , powerboat
weddings and helicopter
weddings for our favorite wedding spots. Note that
most land locations have a site fee of $100 or more.
We would be happy to marry you at other locations or
your private villa.
- Check Availability -
to check availability for your dates for your wedding
boats, & helicopter.
Let us know what locations you
are interested in having your ceremony.
- Reserve your minister, photographer, and/or
videographer by filling out our reservation
be concerned if you don't know what extra services
that you need right now. You can add them along the
- Marriage License Paperwork -
Go to Legal Forms Page for instructions
on filing your marriage licence paperwork.
- Two forms plus $200 needs to be mailed to (and be at) the
court house at least 8 business days before your wedding date.
The court house will almost always waive this rule if you
ask. Send in advance no more than 3 months ahead.
- You do not need to be on island the days before your wedding.
- If this a renewal of vows or commitment ceremony then you
can skip this step.
- Transportation -
You can have Island Wedding Services SUV
with personal driver, an open
air safari van, AC
taxi van pick, or chauffeured
limo pick you up at your hotel or cruise ship, escort
you to the court house to pick up your marriage licence,
and take you to and from your wedding destination.
If you are coming off a cruise ship you will definitely
need to pre arrange for transportation to your wedding before
you get here. If you are staying at a hotel, even if you
are renting a car for the week, it is a good idea to have
a driver for your wedding to alleviate any stress with driving
- plus you may want to have some champagne at your wedding!
- Extras -
We handle everything from simple weddings to island spectacular!
Check out our flowers, romantic
beach picnics, cakes,
& aisles. Check out our extras page for music,
salons, and more. Many of
these items you can order straight off of the reservation
form or simply email us for your additions. If you are unsure
of items you need just get the form in with the date and location
and you can add extras via email as you plan.
you are coming by cruise ship you will want to have your
There will be taxis when you get off the ship however
they will be multi passenger vans taking people in groups
straight to popular tourist destinations.
It may be daunting to find a private taxi to take you and
your group to the court house and then to your wedding location
with out it being pre-arranged.
See transportation options
before arriving on island.
- Court House -
- Get Married (:
your rings, marriage license from court house, and balance
due for services in cash or travelers checks to your
minister will use the ceremony on the ceremony
page unless directed otherwise in advance. Let us
know ahead of time if you would like the minister to
refer to you by nick names, shortened versions of your
names, middle names etc. Otherwise the minister will
refer to you by the first names on your reservation
not over dress! It is the tropics - full black tuxes
will be unbearably hot.
Also note that if the bride wears a veil then it will
turn into a wind sock and become annoying to control
in the wind.
for services - i.e. minister / photographer / captain
/ pilot are not required but appreciated. (10% to 20
% is customary)
the ceremony your minister and two witnesses will sign
If it is just the two of you don't worry about the witnesses.
We can have your driver, or photographer sign the paperwork
or there is always a couple near by who are more than
happy to do so. Witnesses do not need to be up close,
they can observe from a distant.
- Marriage License Back to the Court House
You will be legally married after you say "I do".
After your ceremony your marriage license (now signed by
the minister and witnesses) will need to go back to the
court house for final processing.
You can take it back or have your minister do it for you
for an extra handling fee of $35 (includes 3 copies of your
license and mailed priority with tracking for US addresses).
Add $10 for non-US addresses.
you take your license back to the court house yourself
then you will walk off the island with your final
Copies of your license are $2 per certified copy.
We would recommend getting at least 2 copies.
If you go to the court house on a weekend or after
3pm on weekdays then they will require a money order
or cashier's check made out to the Superior Court
of the Virgin Islands for your copies ( recommend
getting that before coming to St. Thomas). A money
order for $10 will get you 5 copies of your license.
If your minister handles the paperwork then your licence
will be mailed to your priority with tracking. You
can expect it within 3 weeks of your wedding day.
Another option is to mail it in once you get home.
If you are getting married on a weekend or holiday
you may not have the option to go back to the court
house as it may be closed. If you are staying on island
then you can do this days after the ceremony.
one or both of you are a not a US citizen then you
will most likely need to get an Apostile. This is
an extra certificate that authenticates the marriage
license for your country.
you get home mail a certified copy of your marriage
license with a raised seal along with a cashiers check
made out for $25 US dollars to:
#18 Kongens Gade
St. Thomas, VI 00802
They will mail it back to you first class mail.
If you are staying on island then you may take your
marriage license to the Lt. Governors office yourself.
If you are lucky they can complete it while you are
here. Otherwise, it will be mailed to you.
If you have any questions regarding the Apostile then
call 340-774-2991 and tell them you have a question
regarding Apostiles and they will transfer you to the
- You are married! Live happily ever after! -
When you get home you can send us one of your favorite
photos along with your comments to post on our Happy
Couples page. We appreciate the opportunity to handle