Getting married in Guadeloupe: some info and advice

Last update :
January 30, 2021

Why rent a castle when you can get married in Guadeloupe is not it?

As I write these lines, we are in January 2021 for several months the whole world has only one word to mouth: COVID. And on a hot afternoon sitting on a beach in Deshaies I see tourists arriving. They speak French, English, Portuguese and other languages that I cannot identify. A woman comes out of the water followed by a young man and searches for his cell phone for a photo of the sunset. She turns around and finds that he has one knee on the ground ready to make his request. Magical moment ! Congratulations! Life goes on and it is always possible to project and plan for later so "Get married" as DJ Kadom would say.
Here you know how I got the idea for this article! Ahahah

That being said as the title indicates I will try to provide you with some info and advice if the idea of a wedding in Guadeloupe tempts you. However, if you wish to add suggestions, please do not hesitate to leave a comment. And if the article likes I will do the other Caribbean islands but quite chatty let's get to the heart of the matter by starting with the most important. 

The legal note

Wishing to get married in Guadeloupe is one thing, but being able to do so is another. Indeed article 74 of the civil code stipulates that you can only plan a legal marriage in your commune of domicile or residence (main or secondary) or that of your parents (father or mother). The rule specifies that there must be continuous habitation of more than a month.

Getting married in Guadeloupe: what the law says
Getting married in Guadeloupe: what the law says - Credit @ca_pride_intexas

However, the law also says that in the overseas territories it is possible for a foreign couple to get married without the previous conditions being met. Yes yes I assure you got written here. So my first recommendation will be to contact the municipality in which you want to hold your celebration. 

Also remember that the rules are more flexible in the case of symbolic ceremonies such as the renewal of vows among others.

Why get married in Guadeloupe?

Well if you are reading this article I think you already have an opinion on the matter ... But if you still ask here are the answers given to me by a few couples that I have met: 

  • The hot and humid tropical climate almost all year round, very different from mainland France and other countries.
  • The setting conducive to exceptional wedding shots, between 2 coconut palms, by the sea or in many other very nice places. Besides if need a wedding photographer in Guadeloupe, Do not hesitate to contact me ;-).
  • The origins: the desire to be surrounded by his family, to discover or find the lands of his ancestors.
  • The activities on site which allow you to follow the honeymoon without moving or almost with a wide range of relaxation, action, tastings and culture. And the possibility of escaping on the islands of the archipelago like Saintes, Marie-Galante, Désirade or even to aim a little further by stopping in Saint Martin, or in Martinique for example.
Why get married in Guadeloupe?
Why get married in Guadeloupe? What a question ^ _ ^

Getting married on a private beach in Guadeloupe

It is also one of the quests of certain couples, often interested in a original small committee wedding. I know that some hotels such as the Creole Beach  offer this type of service with organization and almost all-inclusive service. Prices vary depending on the period, think about everything well and anticipate as much as possible.  

Wedding on a private beach in Guadeloupe
Getting married on a private beach in Guadeloupe: an unforgettable memory

If your plan is to really say yes to a private beach on any island, but you don't want to go through a hotel, I strongly recommend that you call on a wedding planner. Gold Fairy providers or Caribbean planner being based on this area in particular know its peculiarities and could provide you with invaluable help.

Accommodation level if you anticipate sufficiently you should find residences quite easily. A young couple who reduced the number of guests to the strict minimum of mandatory witnesses made me discover a charming villa in the town of Moule.

Be careful when speaking of villa! Do not plan to have a wedding ceremony in a villa that you are renting, without clearly asking the owner for prior authorization. And this even if it is a housing that can accommodate 20 people ... And at the risk of repeating myself: Remember to get closer to the municipality for this type of initiative.

Some useful links:

Thank you for making it this far. If you go to the end of your project, there is no doubt that you will not be disappointed. Be respectful of the places, the culture and the local people and you will surely not be disappointed. Do not hesitate to leave a comment whether you are in full preparation or to tell a past experience. I enjoy reading these stories. 😉

You will find below some sites which could be useful to you for your steps.

Tourism committee website: Click here

Island municipalities websites:

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2 comments on “Se marier en Guadeloupe: quelques infos et conseils”

  1. Hello, I have just contacted the town hall of Saint François and they are categorical, it is impossible to get married in Guadeloupe if we do not have a member of our family there. Section 74 is not recognized. Pity ...
    Best regards

    1. Hello Brigitte,
      Thank you for this feedback. As indicated in the article, it is NOT possible to get married in Guadeloupe without being a resident or without the parents being a resident and this is also what article 74 actually says.

      To this I have seen fit to supplement by the fact that there is article 58 which says exactly: "In the overseas communities and in New Caledonia, and by derogation from article 74 of the civil code , the marriage of two persons of foreign nationality not residing on the national territory can be celebrated in the municipality of their choice, without condition of residence of one or the other of the future spouses in said municipality. ".
      But just as you did very well and as I said, the best course of action is of course to go to the municipalities. There are so many different situations and the laws evolve regularly, this article aims to provide answers and leads but only the authorities whose activity and responsibility are able to confirm the feasibility or not. , the process, the documents etc ...

      Thank you again for this feedback which I hope will encourage other people to take the time to contact the town halls. Good luck in the realization of your projects 😉

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