Weddings Traditions and Requirements on Trinidad

Saying “I do” on Trinidad on Tobago is as easy as one, two, three . . . days, that is

The simple process of obtaining a marriage license on Trinidad and Tobago is quite enticing when one considers the hoops some of the other Caribbean islands require you to jump through in order to wed in their country.

You may find that as you learn about the wedding traditions of Trinidad and Tobago, that they speak to you, and that you would like to borrow from the island's customs during your own ceremony.  Regardless, there are a few legal matters that must be taken into account before you may exchange vows on the island.

Local Wedding Customs

Weddings on Trinidad and Tobago are colorful and raucous events.  On the islands, the groom is expected to wear a three-piece-suit with a tail and topped off with a top hat.  The bride wears a satin dress in white or another pale color such as pink or yellow.  Unlike some other Caribbean islands, a processional of groomsmen, bridesmaids, and a flower girl is common here.

After the ceremony, the bride, groom, and their guests parade through the streets to the reception site.  Not only do they walk, but they boisterously dance and sing the whole way. 

As can be expected, the reception is a lively event filled with steel pan music, dancing, gifts given to the bride and groom, and joyful toasts.  Food at the reception ranges from dumplings and crab to Indian rotis.  The cake is, a spiced fruit cake soaked in rum, is traditionally carried in on the head of a guest, and is covered by mosquito net. 

Though these practices may seem outdated to some, they are done in good spirits, and can add a sense of fun to your wedding should you choose to incorporate some of them into your special day. 

Modern Requirements

After being on the island for three days, couples may apply for a special marriage license at the Inland Revenue Department in Scarborough.  The license will cost $55(USD), and can be obtained after the following documents are submitted:

  • Original or notarized copy of the divorce certificate if either party has been divorced.
  • Death certificate, if either party has been widowed.
  • Proof of any name changes.
  • Passport.

If everything is in order, the special license will be issued to the couple on the spot, and they may wed after 24 hours has passed.

Whether you choose to incorporate Trinidad and Tobago traditions into your ceremony and reception, or follow your own design path, the beauty and ambiance of the islands are sure to enhance every moment of your big day.


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