Weddings on the Caribbean Island of St Lucia

For anyone who’s done the math and realized that a big traditional wedding at home is considerably more expensive than an intimate Island wedding, the Caribbean quickly comes to mind and St. Lucia is at the absolute top of the list in terms of the perfect choice.

The stunning beauty of this Caribbean island is hard to match. From the beauty of the Pitons to the unmatched beaches, St. Lucia is an amazing backdrop for your most romantic of occasions.

Fortunately, the process for getting married on St. Lucia is pretty straightforward. To get married you just need to bring a Birth Certificate and Passport, plus appropriate documentation if you are divorced, a widow/widower or have changed your name. Note that these documents must be in English or have an authenticated translation along with them if not.

If you’re looking for a whirlwind wedding, fortunately you can get a special license and be on and off the Island within 24 hours! That said, most couples take some time to enjoy this tropical paradise before and after their wedding.

Fees for weddings are $335 for a Marriage License (add approximately $200 for a special license if you’re on the island for less than 24 hours), $100 registrar fees and approximately $10 for a marriage certificate.

Many St. Lucia Hotels can provide all of the above details within their wedding packages, as well as a wide variety of options for receptions, accommodation and activities.

Speaking of activities, be sure to book some extra time on the island after your wedding as you’ll find a wide variety of tropical activities including bird watching, hiking, boat tours, golf, sightseeing, botanical tours, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and whale watching.

More information on St. Lucia may be found at http://www.stlucia.org.

What a way to start your lifetime together!

Beach Weddings in the Caribbean

Are you dreaming of beautiful beach weddings is the Caribbean to eternalize your special day? Is it that the planning is stopping you from realizing your dream? Don’t let it. Just read down these simple tips and realize your dreams. Where there’s a will, there’s always a way!

1. The Caribbean is a cluster of islands and it’s very important that you decide first where is it that you want to get married. Jamaica or Grenada? Antigua or St. Lucia? Barbados or St. Maarten’s? So decide your destination first. If you are confused about how to go about that, take some time and go on a short visit to these places. But if you don’t have the time and want to be cost-effective, simply ask friends or relatives who’ve had or attended beach weddings in the Caribbean. Or you can visit some websites that have offers on each destination. If you are worried on the basis of your choice, look for a destination as nearest as you can. That’ll save your money. Look out for windy and stormy weather. Find out about expenses on each and how convenient each island is for most of your guests to reach. Try to strike a balance between all these options and choose a destination.

2. Beach weddings need lots of services. Keeping them all in mind is going to be difficult. Keep a record of everything you want and need. And keep a record of everything you are getting. Keep records of your expenditure. Try to plan all this long ago and decide on your budget and of course, try as best as you can, to stay within it. Keep records of everything possible. One that you planned and one that is actual. Keep a record of almost everything.

3. Managing your wedding ceremony is tough. Remember who you need to contact – the venue manager, the decorator, the caterer, the cake baker, the dress-maker, hair stylist and makeup artists, the lights-people, the cameramen, the florist, DJ/band/musicians… the list goes on. Try to hire a good wedding coordinator to look after all of it.

4. Talk to your wedding jeweller beforehand. Decide among yourselves (the bride and the groom) what you want and keep aside financial aid for that.

5. Invitations are a very important part of a wedding. Be sure to have some innovative invitation ideas planned beforehand. Take time and patience to make a list of people you actually want to see on your wedding day and make sure he/she/they receive the invitation. Arrange for favours well. They are almost as important as invitations. Remember you are going to have one of those beach weddings in the Caribbean – try to incorporate sea and beach elements like shells and sand in most of the things possible. Like try to make or order invitations that have shells on them, try to give wedding favours with sand and shells, etc.

6. Remember the bridesmaid and the groomsman – think of their dresses and makeup besides yours as well.

7. Last but not the least, in fact, most importantly, remember to contact and invite your wedding priest.

Happy Wedding and a happier wedded life! This is going to be one f the best beach weddings in the Caribbean.

Tips For Planning a Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are nothing new. In fact, the Caribbean islands have been a much loved honeymoon spot for newlyweds for years and in the past few decades, planning a destination wedding in the Caribbean has become quite popular. With the warm year round temperatures, clear waters, and activities, who wouldn’t want to make the Caribbean the place to say their “I do’s.” Hopefully these tips for planning a destination wedding in the Caribbean, will help your wedding go off without a hitch.

If you are thinking of tying the knot in the Caribbean, there are a number of things to consider. First, you must think about who you want to attend your wedding. By law, you may be required to have a specific number of witnesses present. Your guest list may not include everyone you originally dreamed of being there, but you can still have a beautiful island ceremony.

Cost is the biggest factor when considering a destination wedding, especially in the Caribbean. Every guest may not be able to afford a trip to the islands and unless you have the budget to cover the cost, the decision to have only a limited number of guests present is something you will have to live with. Realistically, not everyone will be able to attend your Caribbean island wedding ceremony. This doesn’t mean they can’t experience the blessed event. If you’re planning a wedding reception when you return home, videotape your Caribbean ceremony and show your family and friends during the reception. It’s not the same as being there, but it is the next best thing.

Another thing to consider when inviting guests to your Caribbean wedding is that you will probably honeymoon on the island as well, and while you want everyone who can attend at the ceremony, you many not want them hanging around for your honeymoon. If guests plan on staying on the island to vacation, perhaps your wedding planner can suggest activities for them that don’t interfere with your private time.

There are a few advantages and disadvantages when considering a Caribbean destination wedding, with cost being the main concern for travelers, but your wedding can be a joyous event for you and your mate even if everyone cannot attend. Don’t forget passports when planning your Caribbean wedding. Anyone planning to attend will need to apply for a passport. There is a cost involved, so you will have to take that into consideration as well.

It is suggested that you contact a wedding planner in the area where you wish to exchange vows. They have the know-how to plan and pull everything together, so getting hitched will go off without a hitch.