It is little wonder that the exotic appeal of the Caribbean makes it one of the first choices for thousands of couples tying the knot.
This collection of exotic hotspots has all the right ingredients for the perfect romantic occasion with an endless supply of pristine white sand beaches, unspoilt lush surroundings and luxurious hotels. The list of idyllic spots where couples can take their vows is endless, while honeymooners are spoilt for choice when it comes to exotic escapes. The islands have also made it easier for couples to tie the knot by cutting red tape and residency requirements for foreigners wanting to marry. The number of days that couples must spend on the islands before the wedding varies, so check with the individual tourist boards for legal requirements.
The locations of Caribbean weddings include a wonderful choice of settings from private beaches to fabulous tropical gardens; in a private chapel or in a historical plantation house or even on a private island. The more adventurous can even opt to marry underwater!
Many resorts have a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to look after all the requirements of that big day, including flower arrangements, music and a wedding cake. You will often find that there are special rates for friends and family too. And you can’t forget the wonderful photos that will be taken away as memories of the special day.
Always perfect for those after a Caribbean honeymoon, almost every Caribbean island offers hideaway hotels made for romance. Long, hot, sunny days turn into balmy, tropical nights illuminated by candles, moonlight and filled with the scent of tropical flowers. Not forgetting that there is always the option of marrying on one Caribbean island, then jetting off to another for that extra special honeymoon.
Atmospheric & stratospheric
Get wed at Shirley Heights on Antigua, a former hilltop lookout dating from colonial times, with one of the most breath-taking views in the Caribbean. It overlooks the picturesque English and Falmouth Harbours and on clear days the island of Montserrat can be clearly seen away in the distance. Or there’s the picturesque ruin, The Hermitage on tiny Cat Island in The Bahamas, which at 206 ft. high is set on the highest point in the archipelago with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Nearby Nassau enables couples to take their vows amid the ancient columns of a 14th century Augustinian cloister shipped from Lourdes in the 1920s, with beautiful views over the harbour. On the sister islands of St. Kitts and Nevis several picturesque boutique-style hotels have been built in the grounds of former sugar plantations whose ruined sugar mills make for beautiful wedding locations – as do the historic forts dotted across the islands, notably Brimstone Hill Fortress on St. Kitts. Alternatively couples can marry at local beauty spot Pigeon Point on Saint Lucia and even time their nuptials to coincide with the popular annual Jazz Festival each May. Then there are historic plantation houses such as Sunbury Great House on Barbados or the La Dauphine Estate on Saint Lucia.
Tradition with a twist
For couples wanting a more traditional service, the Caribbean can offer any number of religious styles and creeds. Some of the traditional Anglican churches on islands such as Barbados, Antigua and Jamaica are just like ones you would find in a typical English village. Alternatively, there are historic Catholic churches dating back to the 15th century, while followers of the Jewish faith can marry at the Mikve Israel Emanuel Synagogue in Curaçao, which was founded in 1732 or the Episcopal church in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands which is claimed to be the oldest Episcopal church in the whole Caribbean. Then there are small intimate chapels on St. John in the US Virgin Islands as well as on various other islands.
Marry above the waves or beneath them. Couples wanting to stay dry can choose from boats of all types, from yachts to party-boats or even on the seabed in an Atlantis submarine in Barbados and Grand Cayman. As a more rustic alternative, exchange vows while floating through the forest on a river rafting trip in Jamaica. Those who don’t mind getting wet can wed under the sea in Grand Cayman where conch shells mark the watery aisle and an old anchor serves as the altar, or among dolphins in the Bahamas, who will present the rings to the couple after the vows are exchanged. Enjoy the sight and the sounds of rushing water for nuptials by picturesque Caribbean waterfalls. Jamaica has several to choose from, including the famous Dunn’s River Falls, as do both Grenada and Saint Lucia.
Beaches are where the Caribbean really leads the way. Choose from beaches of all shapes and sizes, on Antigua alone there are 365, one for every day of the year, with sands of different shades and hues from golden to dazzling white or romantic pink. Or why not try Morne Rouge Beach on Grenada or the romantic pink beach on Harbour Island in the Bahamas, which literally stretches for miles.
Lush and Tropical
This is where the Caribbean comes into its own with beautiful scenery that makes the perfect backdrop to any wedding ceremony. Saint Lucia has long been the Caribbean’s most popular island for romantics with its lush, mountainous terrain providing stunning backdrop to any wedding with its waterfalls and iconic twin Pitons. Couples can marry in botanical gardens here, or in one of the many others across the Caribbean including Nassau and St. Vincent. In Barbados tie the knot amidst thousands of beautiful exotic blooms at Orchid World, or in the heart of Guyana’s rainforest at Shanklands Resort.
Whatever your choice of ceremony, our natural sense of fun and our love for lovers will help your celebration to go with a relaxed swing, against a backdrop of the most romantic location in the world.
Marriage requirements are different on each island so there are a variety of options available. Check for details on national tourism websites and take advantage of the many services offered by hotels and local event managers to make sure that everything goes smoothly.