Published: Thursday, Mar. 25th, 2021
(Note: Covid guidelines and closures will affect some of the information in this article. If you’re choosing a venue or have specific questions about licenses, we encourage you to contact the venue or government office directly.)
You certainly have your pick of gorgeous locations on the island! Hotels, churches, and the courthouse are always popular and convenient choices, but if you’re hoping for a ceremony in a scenic outdoor setting, a park is a great choice!
Asan Beach is a popular location for weddings, and The War in the Pacific National Historical Park allows ceremonies with a special use permit. Apply for the permit at least 2 weeks before the ceremony to allow for processing time. You’ll need to pay an application fee (around $20) and purchase general liability insurance. Details are given on the park’s homepage, along with a link to download the application.
Puntan Dos Amantes, or Two Lovers Point, is also a favorite wedding spot. The historic point rises 368 feet above the reef at Tumon Bay, and includes several tourist attractions, including the Heart Lock Wall, The Love Bell, Lookout Point, and the Natural Cavern, which has an impressive drop of nearly 20 stories into the coral below!
Handle all the paperwork details early, leaving plenty of time before the ceremony.
There’s a 5 day waiting period between when the license application is received and when the license is issued. The license will cost around $30.00.
In some cases, an expedited same-day marriage license is available for an additional fee, for a total of around $80.00. After paying the waiver fee, the Director of Public Health and Social Services or his delegate may authorize the immediate issuance of a marriage license.
You’ll need (at minimum) a government-issued photo ID, such as a state-issued driver's license or a passport, and a birth certificate when applying for your license. If you’ve been divorced, you might need to provide additional paperwork. And if you’re a non-US citizen, you’ll also need to have a Notarized Affidavit of Foreign Birth, and your current passport, along with other documentation.
To avoid confusion or complications, we recommend all couples, including US citizens, contact the Office of Vital Statistics for the most up to date information before applying for their marriage license:
Division of Public Health - Office of Vital Statistics
Rancare Commercial Building CBU Box 7
761 S. Marine Corp Drive
Tamuning, GU 96913
Current phone numbers and office hours, including marriage license issuing hours, and email addresses can also be found on the Office’s website.
You can choose to get married at a church or courthouse (by a clergy member or judge), or by an independent wedding officiant authorized to solemnize marriages in Guam.
AMM Ministers are recognized in Guam! For more details on the officiant’s role in the wedding ceremony, read How to Perform Marriage in Guam.
Choosing a friend or relative to officiate, someone who knows you and your story, is a meaningful way to include loved ones in your celebration. We recommend choosing someone who reflects your values, and who will honor the love you and your partner share.
Keep in mind that it’s the officiant or minister’s responsibility to return the marriage license to the Office of Vital Statistics within 10 days of the ceremony. Your license must be returned within 10 days for your marriage to be valid.
Remember! There’s a 5 day waiting period for your license, and it must be used within 60 days or it expires. This means that your ceremony should be scheduled in advance, within this 60 day period.
Your officiant will ask you to verify the correctness and validity of the license. They’ll need to see the license before the ceremony begins, and might ask to see your photo ID to confirm the details are correct.
After the ceremony, the officiant will sign and return the license to the Office of Vital Statistics.
Read All About the Marriage License on our Wedding Officiant Training pages for more details on how to fill out the license.
As for the ceremony itself, there’s no way it won’t be absolutely stunning! Guam is full of beautiful locations, perfect for exchanging vows and sealing them with a kiss.
There are no ‘rules’ for ceremonies in Guam, and no special words need to be said for the wedding to be official. What’s most important is that you choose words and rituals that speak to your values, your relationship, and your love.
The only thing we insist upon is that you remember to bring the license with you!
For help writing a ceremony, visit our Wedding Ceremony Script Library and browse our sample scripts. You’ll find short scripts, nonreligious scripts, unique unity rituals, special readings, handfasting scripts, and more!
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