Big island or small, nuptials in the Caribbean need always play up those scenic beaches and luxuriant landscapes that vacation postcards are made of.
Here are some of our favorite resorts for weddings:
pink sands resort, bahamas
The blush-hued shores that ribbon around this Harbour Island haven play a big role in the fantasy weddings that take place here. Just 25 pastel-colored cottages follow the Bahamas’ perky-classic style, as do two estates also available for couples and guests arriving for a barefoot (or not) beach bash; the resort can host up to 100 wedding guests. Some couples buy out the entire resort, but those who can’t don’t have to; the resort offers a room discount structure for weddings based on dates and availability with at least three rooms booked. Most ceremonies do take place right on the beach here—how could one resist?—but Pink Sands also has plenty of garden spots for inspired nuptials; most receptions take place at the Garden Terrace restaurant, with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres enjoyed on the beach as well.
A dedicated wedding coordinator, food & beverage manager and even the general manager team up to help plan each memorable event—and although customization is encouraged, set menus and packages are also available. Sample menus here read like a dream dinner in Caribbean heaven—think lobster, conch, and coconut-crusted chicken breast. A couples-only wedding starts at $3,500, but they might want to bring others so they—and the resort—can show off with tropical flower arrangements, elegant stemware and seashell decor. Pink Sands’ packages include everything the couple needs to legally be married in the Bahamas. Rooms start at $495 per room, per night.
Why we chose it: Comprehensive packages and gorgeous location.
Contact: (800) 407-4776; pinksandsresort.com
secrets st. james montego bay, jamaica
The energy of Montego Bay is never too far away from the adults-only comforts of this resort and its private stretch of beach. Secrets St. James Montego Bay captures the spirit of a lively Jamaican getaway and adds great alternatives and perks for a wedding.
Small wedding groups can enjoy a ceremony in a gazebo right over the sea, with the island’s Blue Mountains as a backdrop, while larger parties can hold their nuptials on a gazebo in the sand. Regardless of their choice, the rich blue waters are always one of the star attractions. Couples have several packages to choose from, each of which includes the services of the onsite wedding coordinator, the cake, a 15 percent discount on all spa treatments, and free anniversary nights. The most basic, which includes the aforementioned, is Weddings in Paradise, priced at $949—but it can be complimentary when booking a Junior Suite Preferred Club Ocean Viewcategory or higher for a 7-night minimum stay, or if at least five rooms are booked for three nights or more in any room category for wedding guests.
The bride and groom also have lots of touches and details they can add to their wedding for an extra fee to make their wedding all the more special. The most popular addition at this resort is a steel drum band to infuse the whole affair with an island feel. Another romantic choice—a bonfire on the beach. Rates start at $315 pp, per night dbl and include the brand’s Unlimited Luxury concept—all meals and beverages, nightly entertainment and much more.
Why we chose it: Adults-only, fun add-ons for wedding packages and all-inclusive benefits.
Contact: (866) GO SECRETS; secretsresorts.com