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When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
Friedrich Nietzsche

If you want an unusual place for your wedding, choose St Helena.

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Change is coming…(but when?)

While it is already perfectly possible for non-residents to get married on St Helena, at present there are a few restrictions. These are intended to be removed by the Marriage Ordinance 2016 (the first significant revision of this Ordinance since it was first enacted - in 1851!), but LegCo{1} is having difficulty passing this Ordinance because it also permits same-sex marriage{2}.

So at present, you can only get married in either a Church or in The Castle, and only if you are heterosexual - one man and one woman.

When the Marriage Bill is (eventually) passed you will be able to get married in any place licenced for the purpose - expected to include the island’s more interesting hotels and other historic buildings - and same-sex marriage will be permitted.

The Marriage Bill was debated by LegCo{1} on 11th December 2016, but LegCo{1} became confused about its responsibilities and the bill was withdrawn. We will publish a new date for the Bill’s debate as soon as we have it.

If you want to get married in St Helena under the current restrictions you should first contact the Tourist Office.

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Wedding party in the Charabanc{a}

Photos

At present, whether you get married in The Castle or a church, the normal place to take the wedding photos is Castle Gardens.

Marriage Records

Official marriage records began in St Helena in 1849. The Church may have kept records before that. If you want to trace old marriages, see our page Family & Friends.

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A reference to the unusual Nicknames encountered on St Helena.


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{a} Corker’s Tourist Services



Footnotes:

{1} ‘Legislative Council’, effectively the island’s parliament

{2} As required by our Constitution and by various Human Rights Treaties.



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