Unfortunately time is not our friend I need some help problem solving. My fiancee and I are planning to get married civilly in our own country (Canada) and have the religious ceremony in Aruba.
I understand we need a marriage certificate in order to do this.
However, in Canada, after we get civilly married, it can take anywhere from 10-12 weeks before we can even register the marriage, not including the time to receive the actual marriage certificate. Our wedding is scheduled for October, and that only gives us 10 weeks (and we need to send a copy of this document 1 month before the date).
When we get married civilly, however, we receive what is called a Record of Solemnization. It is not a legal document, but that is what we use to register the marriage. We receive this document the day of.
Is the Record of Solemnization sufficient to perform a religious ceremony in Aruba? If not, can exceptions be made by contacting the Office of the Registrar?
Just read your posting regarding having your civil ceremony in Canada. Even though you will not have your actual marriage certificate, just as long as you have an official document proving that you had your civil ceremony in Canada to show to the clergyman that performs your beach ceremony you will be fine. Rev. Robert Gibson who is one of the finest Minister's in Aruba will provide you with a marriage certificate after performing your ceremony. This is not a legal document though, but nicely worded with your names and witnesses names. The beach ceremony in Aruba is considered a beach blessing even though the ceremony is just like real thing. Just enjoy your upcoming wedding in Aruba and don't worry!