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I have finally squared away the details for my wedding: We are going on the Carnival Sensation out of Port Canaveral on April 8 and getting married in Nassau, Bahamas on April 9. Because I will not be in the Bahamas at least 24 hours before the ceremony, I cannot legally get married there. My wedding planner says I basically have two options: 1. Fly with my fiance to the Bahamas less than three months before the wedding and get the license or 2. Get legally married in a courthouse before we go. Option #2 will obviously be cheaper and easier, so that is what I am leaning toward.

 

I am wondering if any other brides have done this or are considering doing this? Will it take away from the excitement of the big day?

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I think either way it's exciting!

 

We have friends who had the legal ceremony a few days before the "wedding day" at a local park. The bride wore jogging pants...teehee!

They said it was nothing special, and didn't take away anything from the actual day.

 

Is your heart set on Bahamas? Are there any other islands on your itinerary that don't have wait times for legal requirements?

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We're actually planning to marry on a Florida beach a couple of days before our cruise just in case everyone cant cruise with us. Also our cruise schedule has 2 tender ports so its easier to do it in Florida then miss our wedding bc the port was canceled bc of weather.

 

If I had ur issues I would do it b4 I left for the cruise.

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I'm getting married in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands because there isn't a waiting period at all (and of course because it's beautiful!). Also, the Virgin Islands is a good place to consider because they don't have a waiting period either.

 

Happy Planning!

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