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funsue
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Re: wedding help [Re: Jc1925]
      #1718543 - 01/10/17 07:09 AM (96.56.41.67)

I see this was posted a few weeks ago but .My son recently got married in St Maarten. He got married at La Semanna on the French side. It was amazing! He had about 90 people so it was quite large for a destination wedding. The food was fabulous! The guests stayed at Simpson Bay resort and were bussed over to the wedding. It was too expensive to stay at La Semanna.

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Re: wedding help [Re: funsue]
      #1718559 - 01/10/17 08:40 AM (174.228.145.28)

Intrresting. For some reason, I thought I remembered that the French side had some kind of laws that made it almost impossible for tourists to get married there. I wonder if they changed that?

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sxmblue
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Re: wedding help [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1718606 - 01/10/17 12:23 PM (75.181.72.201)

There is a work around. Typically, they get married officially in their home domicile (justice of the peace) and then have a ceremonial wedding on St Martin.
If you are looking for official wedding status then it will be complicated on French St Martin.

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Re: wedding help [Re: sxmblue]
      #1718610 - 01/10/17 12:38 PM (47.192.9.53)

OK, that's actually what I thought. When people said they got married, I assumed that meant legally married on island.

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Re: wedding help [Re: Jc1925]
      #1735440 - 06/14/17 06:07 PM (108.171.131.187)

Sorry to bump an old thread, but, need similar help. Can anyone verify Kaya Events? Want to make sure they are legit before we send them all our personal info needed for a wedding.

ETA: Also, any info about getting certificate translated and accepted back in the US would help. First time I've heard of that wrinkle.

Thanks.

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ScottandKaren
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Re: wedding help [Re: tonydead]
      #1735462 - 06/14/17 10:29 PM (74.103.156.68)

We were married over 12 years ago in St. Maarten. We had our official wedding on the dutch side and then had a ceremony and reception at a villa in Terre Basse. It was amazing. We had 30 people come with us. They stayed at the Flamingo and at Royal Islander (rented nights). We stayed at the villa along with a few family members.

We were given the certificate in Dutch and in English, so there was no issue in having it translated. We didn't have any issues with it being accepted in the US.


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Re: wedding help [Re: ScottandKaren]
      #1735464 - 06/14/17 11:19 PM (96.233.64.115)

tonydead - Uncomplicate things, now and forever. You're potentially looking at legal ramifications regarding where you get legally married from day-1 until retirement and beyond. Do yourself and your bride a future favor - have a very quiet (US Legal) ceremony at home, and have a later show wedding on SXM.

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Re: wedding help [Re: Bahston]
      #1735475 - 06/15/17 09:04 AM (96.231.206.165)

I disagree Bahston. When I was researching my wedding seven years ago, it would've been an additional $400 to have the Dutch marriage certificate translated to English. It's partially why we decided to just get married on Anguilla...British and English certificate.

I have experienced no problems whatsoever. It is acceptable with reciprocity in the US. Military ID, passports, social security card, drivers license for my name change.

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tonydead
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Re: wedding help [Re: BeachKitten]
      #1735522 - 06/15/17 03:27 PM (108.171.131.186)

Thanks for all the replies. What a pain. A couple questions about documentation:

1- I've had some planners tell us that the birth certificates have to be issued within the past 3 years. Is this true? Is it true even if the apostile was done recently? Doesn't make any sense.

2- We've also had them tell us the Declaration of Marriage (Saying you are currently single) has to be within 3 months of the wedding. Is this true? Despite the fact that we've already got these and paid for them 5 months out. It seems difficult timing to apply within 3 months, take several weeks to receive them and then get them to the planner within their time constraints (usually 2-3 months in advance)

Talking to Kaya Events and Marry-me. Marry-me appears to be legit. I can't find reviews or anything for Kaya Events online other than their websites. Interested in any feedback on these two planners.

Thank you.


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tonydead
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Re: wedding help [Re: tonydead]
      #1735541 - 06/15/17 07:05 PM (108.171.131.189)

Declaration of Marriage Status has to be submitted/turned in 3 months in advance so we're good there. But, looks like we need to get one of the birth certificates redone and current within 3 years (regardless of what date is on the apostille).

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