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Weddings

Say “Aye Aye" and “I Do"

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eddings in Paradise ministers have united couples beneath palm trees, at historic island locations, beside sugar mills, and of course, while sailing the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Think of Big Beard’s yacht as your private chapel. Add scenic backdrops like the sunset, a secluded beach, and the lush hills and lights of St. Croix's Christiansted harbor. Weddings in Paradise can accommodate your wishes and create the perfect Caribbean wedding ceremony in the paradise of St. Croix. Weddings in Paradise is NOT a full-service wedding coordination company, but if you confirm your officiant services with us, we will be happy to refer you to an excellent on-island wedding event planner.

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Wedding Packages

Romance On The High Seas $995 A two-hour private sunset sail and wedding ceremony aboard a beautiful resort class 42' Catamaran called RENEGADE.  Includes a complimentary bottle of champagne.
Perfect Setting For Your Wedding $250 At your choice of any beach or tropical setting on St. Croix our licensed Captain will meet you and perform the basic wedding ceremony.

About Our Ministers

Captain John Macy (aka Big Beard) With Captain Big Beard, not only will you hear "Aye, Aye", you will also hear "I Do".  Captain Big Beard has presided over 100's of weddings in the 20+ years he's been a licensed minister on St. Croix.
Captain Steve Kammerzelt Captain Steve is a Universal Life Church minister and a Senior Captain at Big Beard's Adventure Tours.
Captain John Kelly Captain John Kelly met his wife in San Francisco and has been married for 20 years. He is a Universal Life Church minister with an understanding of what it takes for a lasting, happy marriage.

Additional Services

Although Weddings in Paradise is not a full-service wedding coordination company, we can offer the following flat rate add-ons to our wedding packages. With your confirmation to have us officiate your wedding, we will also be happy to assist in arranging any extras not listed below that you may require. Two Required Witnesses $100 Lindsay Kammerzelt Photography $250 (per hour/36 exposure color print film or digital) Tropical Bouquet & Boutonniere $80 Chilled Champagne (bottle) $25 Keepsake Champagne Flutes (2) $60

Marriage License Requirements

When applying for a marriage license in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the following is required: 1. The Marriage Application Form The form must be typed or printed by the applicants. This form requests: * Full name and age at last birthday * Social Security number * Date of birth * Nationality and place of usual residence * The name of parents (present and maiden) * Previous marital status (widowed, divorced or annulled) If either or both applicants have been divorced, it is required that a certified copy of the divorce decree be filed along with the application. Applicants should also attach a letter to the court detailing the following: * The date of arrival to the island * The length of their stay * Desired date of the ceremony Mail documents to : Family Division - Superior Court United States Virgin Islands PO Box 929 Christainsted, VI 00821-0929 2. Posting the Application Upon receipt of the notarized application at the Territorial Court, an eight-day waiting period is required. During this time, the couple’s application is posted for public inspection. 3. Examination of Applicants for Marriage License Before a marriage license can be issued, applicants are required to personally appear before the Clerk of the Court, or her designee, to be examined under oath. Some form of identification is required. Note: No physical examination or blood test is required. 4. Fees All fees must be paid by certified check, money order, or by cash, when paying in person. Nonrefundable fee for Marriage Application: $100 License Fee: $100 Court Office Hours 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays. For a fee of $150, the court will open on Saturday, except on Carnival Saturday, and you must call in advance. Additionally, by pre-arrangement and $150 per couple surcharge, the court will be available on Sundays and holidays between 9:30 am and 10:30 am. You can contact the court directly (to request your application) at 340-778-9750 -- ask for the family division.

Download Forms

If you follow the instructions above, and complete both forms properly, you should be on your way to married! Please note: the court requires both forms. You can contact the court directly (to request your application) at 340-778-9750 -- ask for the family division. Click on each link to download each page using Adobe Acrobat.

Sample Vows

Weddings in Paradise: We are gathered here in the presence of God and these witnesses for the purpose of uniting in marriage:  (names of bride and groom). I remind you both to always remember that love, loyalty and understanding are the foundations of a happy and enduring home.  No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you now assume.  If you both keep these vows, your home will always be filled with happiness. Please join hands now. The contract of marriage is most solemn and is not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and seriously, and with a deep realization of all its obligations and responsibilities. (Name of Groom), do you take this woman, (name of Bride), to be your lawfully-wedded wife?  Do you promise to love and to comfort her, to honor her and to keep her in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, and forsaking all others, always be faithful to her? (Name of Bride), do you take this man, (name of Groom), to be your lawfully-wedded husband?  Do you promise to love and to comfort him, to honor him and to keep him in sickness and in health, in prosperity and adversity, and forsaking all others, always be faithful to him? Groom (Repeat): I, (name of Groom) take thee (name of Bride), to be my lawfully-wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish. Bride (Repeat): I, (name of Bride) take thee (name of Groom), to be my lawfully-wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish. Weddings in Paradise: (To The Groom) Place and hold the ring on the ring finger of the bride's left hand and repeat after me; This ring I thee give, in token and in pledge of my constant faith and enduring love.  With this ring I thee wed. (To the Bride) Place and hold the ring on the ring finger of the groom's left hand and repeat after me; This ring I thee give, in token and in pledge of my constant faith and enduring love.  With this ring, I thee wed. Now that you have joined yourselves in solemn matrimony, may you strive all of the rest of your lives to meet this commitment with the same love and devotion that you both now possess.  With the blessing of God and by virtue of the authority vested in me, I now pronounce that you are husband and wife (married name).  You may kiss the bride now.  Ladies and gentlemen, it is with pleasure that I present to you Mr. and Mrs. (married name).

 

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