Island Wedding: Get Married in a Villa or on the Beach?

You only get married once (er, well, in most cases!). That is why many couples prefer that they get their ideal wedding when they know it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They save up for it and invite their loved ones and make sure that there are enough cameras to document each priceless moment. But the question is, where would you want to get married to REALLY make it the best ever experience? If you’re thinking of a destination wedding, you could select from many things like an island wedding, a zoo wedding, a mountain cliff wedding, a castle wedding, a beach wedding or a luxury villa wedding. If you’re thinking of the Caribbean and the warm seas… the blue skies… the sand… then you might start targeting luxury villas and beach wedding ideas. Given the choice of tying the knot at a private luxury villa or the beach, which one should you choose? Let us look at the pros of each for you to decide.

First, a villa wedding is easy to book as you just need to rent a villa. Most villas offer a minimum of 3 nights to a full week, depending on how long you want to be in the location. You can also arrange small hamlets or villas with guesthouses that can accommodate your whole party.

A villa wedding is usually private and intimate so you can also hire a caterer to provide the food. You can even have interior designers to do the decorations. You do not have to fuss over the details or worry about the weather affecting the decor. You just hire someone to do it for you and enjoy the location.

Reception villas can also be rented just for the wedding day. The staff can arrange it for the ceremony and the reception. If you need more rooms for your guests, this can be accommodated as well. Some villas even have farm houses for their guests to stay in. In doing so, it makes them more at home.

Villas provide stylish spaces, especially when the weather is not as dry as you expected it would be. This is also a way to avoid renting an expensive marquee. You can get a villa that has fountains, chandeliers, fireplace and magnificent ballrooms if you are after the look for the pictures.

So what about a beach wedding? If you and your betrothed love to travel, then this is the best choice for you! You love the sound of the waves crashing and the feel of sand in between your toes? Do you love natural surroundings? An island wedding can be beautiful and simple at the same time. It is more causal than the villa wedding. You can get excellent photos because of the natural environment that serves as the background of your special day. You can even go without shoes.

The US Virgin Islands have a sling of islands to choose from. Go to an island that you know has a bunch of activities for your guests. Your guests will practically have the time of their lives on your wedding day because it is also a way for them to getaway.

Also, what most people don’t know about beach wedding is that it can actually be less expensive than the traditional wedding. There are many packages offered for locations like St. Thomas, St. John and other islands in the Caribbean. When it’s just you and your partner traveling together for a romantic getaway, this can fit your budget more easily than a traditional ceremony with many guests.

So whether you say your I Dos in a villa, a beach, a castle, a cave, a mountain cliff or a helicopter (I could go on and on)… the important thing is that you, your partner, your loved ones and friends have a great time. Consider what’s most important to you: the backdrop around you, the decor, the weather conditions, being outdoors, what you’re wearing, who’s attending, whether you want music or natural environment, how easy it is to get to, etc. When you know what your priorities are, you can narrow your choices to provide the best experience you can imagine.