Are you ready for a one-of-a-kind experience? And would you prefer a unique destination for your marriage? If that’s the case, make sure you explore wonderful St. Eustatius. The island offers the right atmosphere for a unique wedding.

St. Eustatius has many possibilities to get married like at the Courthouse, one of the churches or the beach. Other attractive sites which the island offers for unique weddings include the historic Fort Oranje which was built in 1636, the Dutch Reformed Church, ruins of “Honen Dalim” Jewish Synagogue built in 1739, The Miriam C. Smith Botanical Garden or any other site of your choice. Marrying at one of these unique places on the island is possible every day of the week.

Marriage on Sint Eustatius The application and documents required are as follows:

Notice of intent to marry (betroth)

If you plan to get married, you first need to register this intention. This is called notice of intent to marry (betroth). It is a means of giving official notice of your intention to get married. You submit a written request to the Census Office to get married with desired date,  time and place. You need to do this at least three weeks (3) before the intended date of the wedding. The wedding must take place within one year of the notice of intent to marry.

Groom & Bride

Must be at least 18 and require:

  • A valid proof of identity (copy passport)
  • A recent copy of your birth certificate (with the parent’s name)
  • A recent proof of “Single” status.
  • If previously married, a recent copy of the divorce certificate or a recent death certificate.

The witnesses

They must be at least 18. You may bring along your own witnesses if you so desire, however a copy of their valid passports must be submitted in advance. If the desire is to be married inside the Courthouse at the Government’s Guesthouse, two witnesses are needed. If the desire is to be married outside of the Government’s Guesthouse six witnesses are needed. If you do not have any witnesses of your own, you can request a witness.

Foreign documents

Documents from certain countries must be legalized or provided with an apostille stamp. Documents from abroad that are not written in Dutch, French, German or English must be translated into English by a sworn translator. These documents should not be older than 6 months.

More info

In the space of time between the date of notice of intent to marry (betroth) and Solemnization of marriage, a wait of two weeks has to be observed. For marriage dates, please don’t make wedding plans unless you have first contacted the Census Office.

To review all documents in advance or if any additional information is needed please contact the Census Office:
Customer Service desk via
Phone: +599 318 2027 (directly).

Three days before the wedding day the Census Office will need all the original documents, requests and information listed.

The ceremony can be performed in English, Dutch, Spanish or Papiamento.

You can contact the census office from Monday to Friday from 7:30 – 15:30 (Open during lunch hour).

Census Office
Kenip Road, Princess Garden,
St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean
Phone: +599 318 2497 (general)
Fax: +599 318 2963