VILLA WEDDINGS IN THE CARIBBEAN
of the tropics, privacy, the luxury of being cared for by an attentive
staff ... A villa weddings have them all. For years Caribbean
weddings have been high on the list of favorites for couples stepping
out on one of life's greatest adventures. We have a great
deal of experience organizing accommodations for wedding parties,
be it a secluded villa for just the couple, or a combination of
neighboring properties for a large group of family and friends.We look forward
to arranging your wedding by the sea!If you need
information for a Catholic ceremony, please call us.
The minister or marriage officer will need the following to make
application for your marriage license:
Copy of birth certificate;
Certified divorce papers or certified death certificate if applicable
(if not certified, must be notarized);
Notarized parental consent if under 21 years;
Couples must be on most islands a minimum of 24 hours prior to wedding.
The time period can vary from island to island up to 48 hours.
RENTAL FOR A WEDDING
A five night minimum rental rate is required for the villa where
the wedding and any associated events are to take place. It is economic
to house your wedding party and guests in one or more of our villas
rather than a hotel.
TO HOLD THE CEREMONY
We recommend scheduling the ceremony close to sunset with the reception
starting sundown under the stars and going into a romantic candlelight
evening. Winter months, sunset is around 5:30 PM, so schedule your
ceremony for 5:00 PM. Summer months, sunset is around 6:30
Holding your wedding at a villa keeps reception costs down. Whether
a seated dinner or poolside buffet, the bride is paying only for
additional groceries for a menu upon which she and the cook agree.
Your wedding coordinator will suggest various options, from finger-food
to a full seated dinner. For large groups ... more than the maximum
occupancy of the main villa ... we require that you employ an outside
caterer for food and beverage.
The traditional Wedding Cake is dark and rich like a Christmas pudding,
made with dried fruits such as prunes, raisins, dates, currants,
cherries, etc. These fruits are finely chopped and marinated in
wine and rum for months. This wonderful blend forms the base of
your cake mixture. Crisp white frosting and fresh flowers complete
the picture. Your cake can have one, two or three tiers. (Leftovers
will last. Traditionally small pieces of the cake would be mailed
in little boxes to friends and relatives who could not attend the
wedding, and the top tier of the cake would be packed away and kept
for use as the first child's christening cake on first anniversary).
Cost of the Wedding Cake will depend on how many guests you wish
to serve. A traditional
American tiered wedding cake can be ordered from the bakery. Price
varies with size and number of guests you want it to serve.
Because of the abundance of tropical flowers native to Caribbean,
it is unlikely that you will have to purchase any. Rather, the villa
gardener will gather an array of fresh blooms on your wedding morning
to be arranged into corsages, boutonnieres, bouquets, decorations
and centerpieces. We suggest that you bring twist-ties, pins and
ribbons from home. Should you want more or different flowers, we
can get them from a local florist.
We can book a calypso, steel pan, or a reggae band to play at your
reception. It is also possible to employ a local disc jockey.
Our Wedding Coordinator will confirm your photographer and/or
for you. Tell us how many rolls of film you will want or the length
of the video and we will tell you the cost.
PLANNING AND COORDINATION
If you plan only a simple ceremony with no other events or outside
guests, you may not need our coordinator. If you plan a larger wedding,
our coordinator is indispensable. For example, if your wedding will
include special details, music, catering photographer/videographer,
or events such as a rehearsal dinner and reception, there is no
alternative to the services of our experienced local coordinator.
888 703 0233