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FOR REANNA AND KEEGAN it was a serendipitous meeting in the mid-
dle of High Street in San Fernando that led to the first stirrings of love.
However, the couple had to endure a long distance relationship while Re-
anna attended the University of Toronto as she studied for her Masters
in Music Education. She is a Music Teacher at Naparima Girls, while her
husband, Keegan, is a Service Technician at Analyser Services Trinidad
Ltd. This wonderfully creative couple are also members of the Iere The-
atre Production Ltd.
The wedding itself was planned by Mizpah Signature Events. The bride
chose the colours pink, white and champagne. Shamina Mohammed, a
remarkable seamstress, re-created a pink Sophia Tolli gown especially for
the ceremony. Her hairstyle was created by Stylish Solutions of Mara-
bella, and the photography was undertaken by Kester D'Arnaud and
Denise Apple Chapman of Stolen Moments.
Incidentally, there were two ceremonies, and Reanna’s maid of honour
was her sister Alicia. Also, Reanna’s vote of thanks included a rendition of
"Think of Me" from Phantom of the Opera.
Our best wishes go out to this wonderful couple as they begin this new
stage in their life’s journey together.
By Christine Dalkan
THE FIRST STEP to getting married is to give Notice of Marriage in person at a
District Revenue office. This is to find out whether either party is still married to
another person. The process is also called ‘posting banns’.
Long ago, such Notices of Marriage were published in the daily newspapers. How-
ever, this is no longer customary. Today, the process is simple and must be done
both by those who wish to have a civil marriage and those who wish to get mar-
ried through a religious ceremony. The cost for posting banns is TT$10.
Also, there is no need to set an appointment to give Notice of Marriage. You sim-
ply visit the District Revenue Office in the area you live. For example, if one party
resides in Port of Spain and the other in Chaguanas, each party must post banns
at the office in their respective area. You need to provide a valid form of (picture)
identification, such as your National I.D. Card, Driver's Permit or Passport. If you
are divorced, you must also show your original Divorce Certificate. If you are wid-
owed, you must show the original Death Certificate of your spouse.
At least seven days must have elapsed from the date of giving notice before the
marriage can take place. On the eighth day, you return to the District Revenue Of-
fice and ‘take down the banns’. The cost of this is TT$10.
Advice to foreign nationals
When either or both parties to the marriage are not citizens of Trinidad and To-
bago, they should contact the Registrar General's Office before giving Notice of
Remember: Getting married in Trinidad and Tobago or to a citizen of Trinidad and
Tobago gives no automatic right to remain or reside in the country.
Today, the process is
simple and must be
done both by those
who wish to have a
civil marriage and
those who wish to
get married through
a religious ceremony.
Something is holding you back. You
ponder on it for some time and
then you realise it’s not jitters – it’s
that you don’t know her ring size.
By Akiela Hope
OKAY, so you’ve finally come to the realisation that
you’re deeply in love with your lady, (after all, com-
mitment is not about losing your masculinity) and
you want to get married. But something is holding
you back. You ponder on it for some time and then
you realise it’s not jitters – it’s that you don’t know
her ring size.
So how do you plan to pull off the engagement?
Let’s give you some tricky ways of finding it out.
Secretly borrow her ring from her jewellery box. Now
I didn’t say ‘steal’; just take it for a day or two and
then return it once it’s sized. (Remember, you want
to walk down the aisle, not down to Remand Yard.)
If you think you’ll probably get caught trying the first
option, you can always opt to purchasing a ring-siz-
ing tool and when she is not around use the tool to
measure the ring.
If you need to save that money for the engagement
party instead and decide not to purchase the ring-
sizing tool, then simply ask her friend to get her size
Here’s another trick. Take her to the jewellery story
tell her it’s to purchase a necklace or lovely earrings
(anything other than a ring) and when she is actu-
ally there trying on the necklace, slip in a ring try-out
just for fun.
Now if that doesn’t work, then you will have to find a
string and wait for her to fall asleep. Relax; we are
only going to use the string around her wedding fin-
And if all else fails then the last option will be to ‘size
up’. You can always buy the ring bigger and have it
sized in the end.
Now that we’ve given you some tricky ways of get-
ting her size, let’s focus on some fun facts about the
• Engagement rings are worn on the fourth finger of
the left hand.
• It should be given in an elaborate, yet thoughtful
• The bigger the stone, the better.
• The most popular month for engagement is al-
ways the next month, so get to it.
• Remember to ask her father for her hand in mar-
riage. Remember you will need that exact hand to
put the ring on.
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