JM | Feb 22, 2023

Want to get married but don’t have the funds?

Vanassa McKenzie

Vanassa McKenzie / Our Today

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Every woman’s dream is to have an extravagant wedding, decked out in the perfect wedding dress walking down the aisle smiling from cheek-to-cheek, as you greet guests in attendance marching on to begin a new chapter with that special person you have grown to love and call your own.

While this is the ideal wedding for many, not many people are afforded the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious wedding due to financial constraints. Likewise, there is there are several people who prefer a minimalistic wedding with just the priests and a few close friends.

If you are planning to tie the knot soon, but prefer a minimalistic ceremony, then a wedding at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) may be the perfect fit for you.

RGD offers private weddings at an affordable cost in decorated rooms at all RGD locations. Clients who conduct a wedding at the Twickenham Park head office in St Catherine have the opportunity to take photographs in an outdoor garden.

Wedding ceremonies are officiated by a Marriage Officer at the RGD Department, who is professionally trained and has the authority to issue Marriage Registrars.

Ceremonies are held Mondays to Saturdays between the hours of 9:00 am to 2:00 pm except for public holidays.

The department also requires couples to have their witnesses present, who must be above 18 years.

While this is a private wedding, brides are not restricted from wearing their traditional wedding dress and other accessories that are typically worn at a public wedding.


  • Certified copies of bride and groom’s birth certificates
  • Valid identification for bride and groom  or certified copy of valid identification (National ID, Passport, Driver’s License, etc.)
  • Occupation of bride and groom
  • If either party was previously married, marriage certificate for previous marriage, certified final divorce papers or death certificate of deceased spouse
  • The relevant fees
  • Bride and groom must be residing in Jamaica for a minimum of 24 hours before ceremony
  • Secure a Minister’s License from the Ministry of Justice (For convenience customers may purchase the pre-stamped page two Minister’s License from any of RGD’s Regional Offices with the exception of Portmore, Kingston May Pen and Montego Bay at a cost of J$5000).

The requirements listed above are necessary to secure a spot for a wedding at RGD. The process is simple and the marriage certificate is provided between three to four days after the ceremony.

Well, do we need to say more?

Grab your partner and say ‘I do’ and the Registrar General’s Office close to you!


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