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Curacao



Department of Tourism website:   http://www.curacao.com
Image:  Curacao Department of Tourism

One of the windward island of the Netherlands Antilles in the southwestern Caribbean, Curaçao is a great location to tie the knot with a tropical flair.  Its mild climate, crystal blue waters,  pristine beaches and secluded bays are only part of the allure.

Your wedding guests will be treated to some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world as well as almost every other water sport known to man.  Curacao’s diverse music ranges from an Austria waltz to the African Curaçao blues reflecting its rich cultural heritage with a unique blend of Europe and Africa.  The variety of cuisine available is as varied as its people and is one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets.

Quick Facts

  • Language:       English, Dutch, Papiamento
  • Passport:        Yes as well as return ticket
  • Currency:         Netherlands Antillean guilder
  • Time Zone:        -4 (UTC-4)
  • Major Airports:  Curacao International Airport
  • Weather:   Located just north of the Equator, Curaçao has a consistent warm, sunny climate with average temperatures in the mid 80s F). During the rainy season, (October through February) there will be occasional showers at night, and  sunny weather during the day. Fortunately Curaçao is located on the outer fringes of the hurricane belt so hurricanes are less frequent than in other Caribbean locations.

Marriage Requirements

It is recommended that you use a wedding planner to help you with the legal requirements to be married in Curacao.  There is a 3 day residency requirement before you can be married so it is important to plan your travel accordingly.  To apply for a marriage license  a written marriage petition must be submitted to the town hall.  The letter must be signed by both the bride and groom and two wedding dates and times must be selected.  Required documentation must be provided to your wedding planner at least two months before the wedding and includes birth certificates (with parent’s names), an international declaration of unmarried status by the civil registration of your hometown and an apositille/legalization.  If either was previously married, a copy of a divorce decree or a death certificate is also required.  The apostille must be done at the Netherlands embassy and none of the documents can be older than 6 months from the date of marriage.  Witnesses must be at least 21 years of age and you will need to have their full names, address and dates of birth.  They will also need a valid passport and should apply for temporary residence.  Wedding planners often arrange for local witnesses.

 


 

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