Your Incredible Caribbean Beach Wedding!

Your Incredible Caribbean Beach Wedding!

If you’re after that magical beach wedding with expansive white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, sunshine, blue skies and a horizon that stretches on forever, the Caribbean offers all that and more. One of the most romantic places in the world to tie the knot, there are an abundance of idyllic locations and venues right on the beach front that will take your breath away. From St Lucia to the Dominican Republic, couples can look forward to the destination beach wedding of their dreams and here’s our guide to the best and most exclusive destinations…

Your Incredible Caribbean Beach Wedding!

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St. Lucia

An island of two halves – the beautiful bay in the north with its modern comforts and the hidden beaches of the south nestled next to stunning old plantations – St. Lucia is a beautiful location for your Caribbean beach wedding. This magical island offers an exotic getaway with picturesque sunsets and imposing mountains making it a dream destination for wedding couples.

 

Not only is St Lucia a perfect location it is also incredibly easy for couples from abroad to get married on the island. There is no residency period so couples can be wed and already on their honeymoon within 24 hrs of arrival with the application of a Same Day Marriage Licence. Though couples will pay a little more for this express service, it is by no means extortionate. Couples must also have pre-prepared all the usual necessary documentation in English including a valid passport, birth certificate and divorce decree, death certificate of late spouse and a deed poll if applicable. All relatively easy when you consider the planning of most weddings at home!

 

The island has a number of exclusive venues that boast beautiful gold beach settings perfect for intimate destination weddings and which offer dedicated wedding coordinator services. 

 

Your Incredible Caribbean Beach Wedding!

 

 

Your Incredible Caribbean Beach Wedding!

Copyright: Mikkel Paige Photography

Viceroy’s Sugar Beach hotel

Viceroy’s Sugar Beach hotel on the eastern side of the island boasts both a tranquil, secluded white sand beach and over 100 acres of pristine tropical forest nestled at the foot of the island’s world famous Pitons. Couples can opt for a wedding in anyone of the hotel’s luxurious eight venues each with breathtaking views of the surrounds. Catering to anywhere between 15 to 220 guests this idyllic hotel allows couples to say “I do” in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. With experienced wedding planners on hand to help with every aspect of your day and bespoke services to make sure that your big day is one-of-a-kind, Sugar Beach is without a doubt one of St. Lucia’s best wedding venues.

 

On the opposite side of the island located at the feet of the verdant St. Lucian hills, The Landings St. Lucia is a reflection of pure luxury. A beachfront resort with a private yacht marina and 7,000 square foot signature spa, couples can benefit from a stunning secluded Caribbean beach wedding with all the modern amenities they could want on hand. Whether a traditional ceremony in their elegant island chapel or a contemporary wedding on the 800 ft soft sand beach, couples will have a postcard-perfect backdrop for their special day. The Landings offers several wedding packages, including a sustainable and environmentally aware service, and have skilled wedding planners waiting to make your day extra special. 

Barbados

The natural beauty of this island beckons all those wanting a romantic Caribbean beach wedding. A vibrant island with a rich local culture, Barbados offers couples a magical setting with soul-stirring sunsets and sandy beaches set to the rhythms of the Caribbean. Barbados is renowned for offering visitors a unique experience that touches the heart and soul.

 

As with St. Lucia, in Barbados there is no minimum length of stay before couples can tie the knot and marriage licences can be applied for on the same day as arrival! Both parties will need to apply for the marriage licence in person at the Ministry of Home Affairs office bringing along the usual and relevant documentation. For couples wanting a religious ceremony, Anglicans will need baptism certificates and a letter from their minister providing proof of marriage counselling, whilst Roman Catholics will need dispensation from the Bishop of the Diocese, testimonial records and record of confirmation.

 

There are a number of Barbadian traditions that couples can adopt to make their Caribbean beach wedding on the island more authentic: regional fresh seafood and fruits (including flying fish), a spiced fruit cake soaked in rum, sugar almonds as favours and traditional entertainment. All of the islands top wedding venues offer tailored wedding coordinator services to help make your special day completely bespoke to you.

The Crane

The Crane, and its beach of the same name, has received a whole host of international accolades including being named in the ‘Top 50 Places to Go Before You Die’ in the BBC’s Holiday Programme and as ‘one of the top 10 beaches in the world’ by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. With such as stunning stretch of soft pink sand it is no wonder that it is one of the island’s most popular and exclusive places to get married. A perfect mix of serenity, natural beauty and modern luxury, The Crane offers four luxury wedding packages with options for being wed in either the Historic or Cliff Pool gardens with space for up to 150 guests, or off course on the beach which is perfect for intimate weddings of up to 20 people.

Turtle Beach Resort

Elegant Hotel’s Turtle Beach resort offers couples a unique Caribbean beach location boasting 1,500 ft of white sand beach, which sees sea turtles returning to the same spot year after year to lay their eggs. You might even be lucky enough to witness the magical sight of hundreds of tiny newborn turtles emerging from the sand and making their way down to the sea - an experience that would top off an already uniquely special and romantic trip. Set in a truly stunning location with luxury amenities and expert wedding planners ready to coordinate every last detail of your big day, it is no wonder that is it one of the Caribbean’s premier destination wedding venues. 

 

Your Incredible Caribbean Beach Wedding!

Copyright: Mikkel Paige Photography

Antigua

One of the smallest (108 sq miles) Caribbean islands, Antigua is a stunning little island well-known for its near constant Trade Winds and steeped in history as one Great Britain’s most important Caribbean bases in the 1700s. Surrounded by a nearly unbroken wall of coral reef, the island is a beautiful destination with miles and miles of powdery soft beaches and a wealth of seclude and romantic locations.

 

Unlike the other Caribbean islands mentioned in this article, at least one of the parties looking to wed on the island must have been resident in Antigua for a period of 15 days preceding the date of an application for a wedding license. Both parties must also be present at the time of application. But don’t let this put you off – think of it as an extended pre-wedding honeymoon in one of the world’s most stunning and remote locations. All the usual paperwork is required including a ‘Proof of Status’ declaration.  

 

Antigua has a number of stunning venues on offer for couples with beachfront locations and dedicated wedding planners who will help make your special day absolutely perfect. Blue Waters Antigua boasts the best of both worlds when it comes to beach locations; couples can choose from their cliff top gazebo with panoramic views across the Caribbean ocean or exchanging vows on the beach under a flowered wedding arch with sand between their toes.

Jumby Bay Resort

Rosewood Resort’s Jumby Bay resort is located on a stunning private island just off the coast of Antigua and offers wedding couples the ultimate exclusivity. Sprawling over 300 acres of natural splendor the resort will give couples the ultimately luxury Caribbean beach wedding in and unforgettable setting. Sun-soaked beaches, majestic palms and breathtaking sunsets make this island a true tropical paradise. 

 

Your Incredible Caribbean Beach Wedding!

Copyright: Mikkel Paige Photography

Dominican Republic

The archetypal Caribbean Island, the Dominican Republic is the perfect setting for your special day with dramatic sunsets, tropical gardens and sprawling sand beaches.

 

Resorts within the island endeavor to make couples’ experiences of getting married as pain free and easy as possible. However, getting married in the Dominican Republic is not as quick as in St Lucia and Barbados. Though there is no waiting period, wedding coordinators like to receive paperwork at least 15 days in advance of the wedding date and you cannot apply for a same day marriage license as soon as you arrive. Paperwork must be in Spanish for each party and there are several Dominican laws about divorce and remarriage that must be adhered to. Most venues also prefer at least three months advance notice for booking the registrar and to prepare for the day. If you’re looking for a shotgun destination wedding then the Dominican Republic is not the place!

 

Although not as quick and easy a place to marry as some of the other Caribbean islands, the Dominican Republic still overs some of the most stunning resorts in the world.

Punta Cana

Excellence Punta Cana, set amongst lush palms and a stunning stretch of beach oozes tranquility and luxury and is the perfect setting for your Caribbean beach weddings and the island’s best and most popular location to wed. Couples can exchange vows over a dramatic sunset on the beach or in a beautiful gazebo overlooking the azure ocean. The resort offers three wedding packages that can be customized completely to suit your every whim and their dedicated wedding planners are on hand to make sure that everything runs smoothly. Gourmet dining, relaxation garden and luxury spa and breathtaking beaches make the Excellence Punta Cana one of the most romantic and idyllic venues on the island.

 

Due to open in the near future Dream Resorts’ Dreams Dominicus La Romana hotel will offer a luxury beachfront setting with miles of white sand accompanied by the soft sounds of the Caribbean ocean. Set to a spectacular new wedding location on the island, Dreams Dominicus La Romana is one to keep an eye on for the future. 

 

Your Incredible Caribbean Beach Wedding!

Copyright: Mikkel Paige Photography

Entertainment

No exotic Caribbean beach wedding would be complete without some authentic entertainment to enhance that tropical feel-good vibe and entertain guests throughout the ceremony and reception.

 

A favourite choice for wedding receptions, these sensational Caribbean dancers http://www.scarlettentertainment.com/world-acts/caribbean/7897-caribbean-dancers-los-angeles offer a vibrant and exciting show that will have all of your guests on the dance floor (be that made of soft sand or something else!) and joining in. Including elements of Samba, Salsa and Soul their colourful exotic performances create an electric atmosphere that will really make your Caribbean beach wedding extra special.

 

Available to perform in addition to dancers or on there own, a steel drum band adds that distinctive Caribbean sound playing an exciting kaleidoscope of Soca, Reggae and Calypso music. The cheerful sounds of their music and their charisma and energy create an upbeat atmosphere that will bring an authentic Caribbean party feel to your destination wedding!

 

If you want a more contemporary Caribbean sound, ‘Caribbean Flavour’ perform as a trio with powerful vocals and upbeat rhythms on guitar and keyboard.  Their repertoire covers all the most popular reggae hits as well as recent chart toppers performed with a Caribbean twist. Having entertained audiences at events for Pfizer, Toyota and Morgan Stanley, this trio are born performers and know how to work a crowd!

 

For the ceremony and drinks reception on the beach what better entertainment than this amazing acoustic covers duo from Sao Paulo. Fluent in both English and Portuguese, they perform fro a huge list of international hits and have wowed audiences at 5 star hotels, nightclubs and onboard world-renowned cruise ships. Providing relaxed feel-good acoustic music that you can sway your hips to, this duo will be a fantastic addition to your Caribbean beach wedding.

 

Alternatively, if you just want an epic party band that will create that ultimate beach party atmosphere this dynamic 7-piece band have a wealth of experience packing beaches across America and abroad with their fun sets. Playing everybody’s favourite party songs from across the decades they will really get everyone dancing. They even throw in some exciting beach party games including volleyball, hula hoop contests, conga lines and games of limbo designed to put a smile on all of your guests’ faces! 

 

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