- Pick a date, time and location for
- 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 time zone.
Please ask your cruise ship to verify
St. Thomas' time in relation to your cruise ship
Otherwise you could think you are getting off
the ship at 9am to find that it is 10am on St.
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
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 minister,
photographer, videographer, boats, & helicopter. Let
us know what locations you are interested in having your
- Reserve your minister, photographer,
and/or videographer by filling out our reservation
- 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.
- You do not need to be on island the days before your
- If this a renewal of vows or commitment ceremony then
you can skip this step.
- Transportation -
can have Island Wedding Services SUV with personal driver,
an open air safari van, limo or AC taxi van 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.
transportation options and instructions on our extras
- Extras -
Check out our flowers page,
arhces & aisles page and extras
page for information regarding flowers, arches, aisles,
chairs, cakes, music, restaurant recommendations, salons,
and more. Many of these items you can order straight off
of the reservation form. If you are unsure of items you
need just get the reservation form in with the date and
location and you can add extras via email as you plan.
ONCE ON ISLAND :
If you are coming by cruise ship you will want to have
your transportation pre-arranged.
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 on our extras
- Court House -
- Get Married (:
your rings, marriage license from court house, and
balance due for services in cash or travelers checks
to your wedding.
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 your paperwork.
If it is just the two of you don't worry about the
witnesses. We can have your driver, or photographer
or there is always a couple near by who are more
than happy to sign off on the paperwork.
- Marriage License Back to the Court House
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 papers.
Copies of your license are $2 per certified copy.
We would recommend getting at least 2 copies.
If you can make it to the court house before 3pm
then you can bring cash.
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
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
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 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 correct department.
- 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.