Choosing the right caribbean island for your wedding.
People choose a destination wedding for a number of different reasons, you may be eloping, you may want to combine it with your honeymoon, it’s a great excuse for a big holiday for you, your family and friends. Whatever your reasons, the possibilities are endless and choosing the right location can often be daunting.
With so many islands to choose from and so many stunning locations the Caribbean truly offers something for everyone.
Just to whet your appetite, here’s a few options:
Feeling warm sand under your feet as you marry barefoot on a secluded and stunning beach Enjoying a stunning backdrop of a plantation mansion And for the slightly more adventurous, you it’s all aboard a catamaran or chartered yacht- guests and all.
With year-round sunshine, glittering white sands and warm waters, the Caribbean really is a tropical paradise.
With the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Sea or the more rugged coastline of the Atlantic Ocean each of the islands have their own character. One thing we can guarantee is warm, friendly and genuine people ready to help make your special day memorable.
You’ll have a friendly welcome as an engaged couple and an equally genuine ‘come back and see us for your anniversary’ as a Mr and Mrs.
There is often a misconception that if you choose to get married in the Caribbean it will be within your resort and you have to have the package offered by the hotel.
Whilst there are several hotels that will offer wedding packages and they are, for the most part, very good, some of the larger all- inclusive hotels will offer a complementary wedding package, which you can personalise, subject to conditions. This is great for people who want to stay on in the hotel and not have to move their guests to an alternative location and to keep within a fixed budget.
However, just because you have chosen to have your wedding abroad doesn’t mean you can’t plan all the smaller details with your wedding planner yourself as you would have done in the UK. Our wedding planners love working with the clients in this way.
Now, which island to choose?
Barbados is made up of very distinct districts, each with their own character. From the calm Caribbean waters and white sandy beaches of the Platinum west coast to the more rugged coastline paradise of the North and east coast. If a wedding in your hotel is simply not for you, there are many beautiful churches you can choose from on the island. Or, you could consider a private wedding on the beach at Bottom Bay against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset, we also like the idea of a ceremony under the flora and fauna in the lush grounds of the Flower Forest.
With so many beach front villas to rent you could create your own little haven and have your wedding on the beach and return to your villa for your wedding party and reception which could equally be a BBQ on the beach to the sound of local calypso music. Whatever your location and whatever your choice we’d love to help you organise it.
Many of the finer Bajan restaurants will also cater for private wedding parties and we know just the venues to suit a whole variety of tastes.
For something a little more off the beaten track you could choose the island of Nevis.
This tiny island that time forgot lies just a few miles south of St Kitts and is framed by beautiful beaches against a backdrop of the 3000ft towering Nevis Peak, an extinct volcano.
The perfect place to marry on the island is the Montpellier estate.
Nestled into the foothills of the peak, this luxury resort is built around one of the island’s original 18th century sugar plantations. You could choose to marry in their lush gardens or on their private secluded beach. We love it there and know you would too.
The Turks and Caicos might be a less obvious choice for a wedding abroad but here the possibilities are endless. Made up of over 40 islands, only 8 of which are inhabited, choosing the right one will mean you get the wedding of your dreams.
You could stay at the exclusive Parrot Bay by COMO, which inhabits its own private island. There are also many other hotels that offer great inclusive wedding packages.
Looking for an outdoor themed wedding with a difference?
Well, you could choose to have your wedding in one of the many botanical gardens or have a waterfall as your wedding backdrop. The views in the Turks and Caicos are some of the most stunning in the Caribbean Find your sea legs and charter your own yacht or catamaran on which to exchange your vows and have the islands as you scenic backdrop or the sunset as you look out to sea.
We’ve got so many great ideas but we might not have thought of them all. We will always endeavour to meet special requests where possible and allowed by the destination.
We will finish with an island fit for A-listers, St Lucia.
With the stunning and synonymous backdrop of the Pitons, St Lucia is considered one of the most romantic islands in the Caribbean. St. Lucian’s will tell you she is the only island in the world named after a lady. We don’t know if that’s the case but we do know she’s considered beautiful for a very good reason. She is!
For the ultimate chocolate lover, the venue to choose is Boucan Hotel & Restaurant, at the famous Hotel Chocolate plantation!
Alternatively take the plunge, literally and metaphorically at the Jade Mountain.
With the famous open view rooms (the fourth sea facing wall is missing) , this hotel provides the ultimate in luxury and the ultimate in backdrop of the Pitons. Imagine that for the wedding of your dreams.
If you wish to venture outside of your resort there are many beautiful villas in St Lucia that mean you can have your wedding and reception in your own hideaway.
With your own team of chefs you can design your own menu and they will make it a memorable feast.
If you just can’t wait to tie the knot, like all her island neighbours, there is no minimum residency or stay requirement in St Lucia before you can marry.
You do need to arrange your license beforehand but the Travel Design Company can help you take care of that too.
In fact we love the thought that we’ve taken the stress out of your wedding but also helped to put together the wedding and honeymoon you deserve.
We never just book it, we plan and build it.
Your wishes, our know how and you’ll soon be enjoying the bespoke destination wedding you deserve and your special day and special honeymoon dreams could be a reality