Find out about Bahamas weddings and get tips about planning your big day
Always dreamed of a tropical wedding in the sun? Look no further than the stunning Bahamas. Located in the Caribbean Sea, these idyllic islands offer couples a glamourous and elegant setting for their special day. Whether you’re after an extravagant event with all the trimmings or a simple ceremony on a secluded beach, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Our Caribbean expert Orlagh gives us the lowdown on why Bahamas weddings are so magical.
Lots of options available
You may have heard of Nassau and Great Bahama, but did you know that the Bahamas is actually made up of over 700 different islands? Each of these offer a unique wedding backdrop, from the 14th century cloister of Paradise Island and the mystical ruins of The Hermitage chapel of Cat Island to the deep blue lagoons of Andros and the legendary lighthouse of Abaco. While beach weddings are undoubtedly the most popular, you can also choose to say your vows in a church, on a private boat or amid beautiful ruins. I’ve even heard of some scuba diving fans who got married with dolphins on the ocean sea bed!
It’s extremely easy to get married in the Bahamas as you only need to be in the country 24 hours before the ceremony. This allows you to have plenty of time after the ceremony to relax and explore the country’s gorgeous islands. Many resorts have dedicated wedding planners who can pull together a bespoke itinerary to suit your needs and wants. You’ll arrive happy in the knowledge that everything has been taken care of, from hair and make-up to bouquets and menus. The Bahamas Bridal Association also offers advice to couples planning their special day, as does the special Weddings and Honeymoons Unit of the Ministry of Tourism. Needless to say, you will certainly be looked after.
No matter what your religious faith may be, you’ll most certainly find it welcomed in the Bahamas. Wedding planners are used to creating packages for all denominations, which take into consideration specific ceremony, food and dress requirements. Make these known to your planner before you arrive and relax in the knowledge that your ceremony will be in tune with your beliefs and wishes.
Value for money
Couples are often put off tying the knot abroad because they automatically think this will cost them an arm and a leg. In the Bahamas, this could not be further from the truth. A Bahamas wedding typically costs a fraction of what it does back home because everything is done by one company in a single location. There’s no fussing about hiring chairs, choosing a photographer, sorting out a stylist or filling out catering invoices – the resort can organise all of this for you before you even arrive. The world-famous Atlantis resort has a range of exclusive wedding packages starting from just $3,250! Plus, you’re guaranteed high temperatures and clear blue skies, perfect for those all-important wedding photos. Now that’s pretty priceless!
I can’t recommend getting married in the Bahamas enough. The swaying palm trees, lush vegetation and golden sands will make you feel like you’re in a dream. There are also plenty of other advantages, such as the guaranteed decent weather, incredible things to do and excellent value for money packages. Leave the brolly at home and say ‘I do’ in paradise!