I’m forever writing about people coming to Jamaica for a destination wedding, honeymoon, vacation or family reunion and so, I thought I might do the reverse and write about Jamaicans wanting to visit the United Kingdom to get married or to join in a civil partnership; That’s a novel idea, I think.
OK, I know that there are lots of people from the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe and the USA that come to Jamaica for a destination wedding, so, why do we think it so strange that Jamaicans would go to the United Kingdom for the same reason? OK, so you don’t think of the UK as an exotic location, interesting location, perhaps? but when its all said and done, anywhere that isn’t your home port is actually a destination wedding and something different.
One of the biggest questions asked gave me the title of this post and also gave me the clue to what I should search for on the Internet and I’m happy to say, I didn’t need to look very far. Our old friend the Jamaica Gleaner has a great article on the very question: How do I get a marriage visitor visa?
Normally I would rip off some of the text from the article, cut it up and just leave the salient bits for you to ponder but inn this case I think a visit to the Jamaica Gleaner website and the article in its entirety would be the better option and so, to all you wannabe newlyweds who think the UK is a exotic destination wedding location, here is the link. Jamaica Gleaner.
Post Script: I’m sad to say that the old girl popped her clogs on the 20th of November 2014 in Seville:
María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes and a Grandee of Spain, was head of the House of Alba and the third lady to hold the title in her own right. It is said she was so titled that she need not bow before the Pope or Queen Elizabeth II.