Brades, Montserrat – July 12, 2016 – Couples looking to ditch the traditional and get hitched island-style need look no further than the picturesque tropical island paradise of Montserrat. Soft pearl-grey volcanic sand under the bride and grooms toes, crystal blue waters beating against the shore and the Caribbean sun’s glow gives way to the perfect ambiance for nuptial bliss. Couples can tie the knot in a sunlit garden wedding with the enticing Soufriere Hills Volcano as a scenic backdrop, or pledge their devotion at the edge of the deep blue sea. Montserrat features many breathtaking natural locations for an unforgettable wedding venue or honeymoon escape.
After vows have been exchanged and the ceremony is over, Montserrat’s unspoiled island getaway offers couples an idyllic setting for a memorable honeymoon. Intimate villas, cozy bed & breakfasts, charming hotels and quaint inns provide a romantic stay for newlyweds. For the adventure seeking honeymooners, Montserrat is ideal for an eco-adventure getaway. Enjoy a romantic picnic whilst viewing the volcano from Jack Boy Hill, which is one of the few areas on the island that provides first-rate views of the Soufriere Hills Volcano or, erupt with excitement at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory where visitors learn about the history and science behind this natural wonder or host your wedding with the spectacular mountain as your back drop, a perfect location for that extraordinary, memorable wedding.
Newlyweds can also dive into the deep on scuba/snorkel excursions and venture under the sea in explorable areas covering more than 13 miles of coastline, witnessing everything from colorful reef, fish and sea plumes to stony ledges, spiny lobsters and copper sweepers. Honeymooners can step into the unknown in a variety of hiking adventures. “The Blackwood Allen Trail” offers panoramic views of the northern villages and coastline while the “The Oriole Walkway” is where hikers are most likely to get a glimpse of the Oriole, Montserrat’s national bird.
For those wishing to marry in Montserrat, there are three certificates, which must be obtained before the marriage can be performed:
- Governor’s License (approximately $185 USD)
- certificates of due publication of banns
- Registrar General’s certificate
A minimum stay of three working days in Montserrat is required before application can be made to obtain a Governor’s Marriage License. Applicants must also have the following original documents:
(a) Marriage Application Form (issued by the Office of the Deputy Governor, Consular Division)
(b) Valid Passports of both parties, Original Absolute Divorce Decree (if divorced)
(c) Original Death Certificate of deceased spouse (if widowed)
(d) Non-Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
For more information on Montserrat’s marriage requirements contact [email protected]
Montserrat, the only country outside of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday, is a lush green and mountainous island of approximately 39 square miles that lies in the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands. Known fondly as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, this pear shaped island is a traveler’s paradise for nature lovers, divers, adventurers, family and villa vacationers, and honeymooners. This British overseas territory boasts the spectacular Soufrière Hills Volcano, a modern day Pompeii in the form of its buried former capital city Plymouth, alongside lush, green mountains, world class nature trails, deserted dark sand beaches, untouched reefs and a quiet friendly charm reminiscent of the way the Caribbean used to be. For more information on Montserrat and its breathtaking scenery and unspoiled, unpolluted coral and volcanic vistas, visit www.visitmontserrat.com.