Bahamas Destination Wedding- decisions!

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

We just got back from the Bahamas and were actually engaged there! You are right … it is AMAZING but I would highly recommend doing the resort thing. It is REAL sketchy there right now safety wise. We were warned over and over on our cruise to not venture too far out and to make sure you dont rent the mopeds b/c people are being robbed and a lot worse.

At least at the resort everything you need is there and you wont have to worry about anything.

jackaroo1223:  

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

I don’t think you can make people split a house – even if they’re family, some people would be more comfortable staying in a hotel instead of bunking up for a week (is that a normal amount of time for a destination wedding? That seems long to me.) Maybe figure out exactly who you want to invite and poll them about their budgets, time frame, etc?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I can only comment on Nassau, since it’s the only island I’ve been to.  First time, we were at Sandals Royal Bahamian, which is gorgeous.  They have also done a ton of renovations since we were there sevearl years ago and it seems even more amazing.  We didn’t get married, there, so I can’t comment on that.  But, you are right.  Anyone and everyone can walk by and look while you’re getting married/having your reception.  Everyone seemed to be very respectful though and give the wedding party their space.

The second time we went to Nassau, we stayed at a different hotel that wasn’t all inclusive, so we used a grocery service for breakfast/lunch items.  I can’t remember the name of the service off the top of my head, but I think it was around $120 for everything I got for husband/myself for the week.  So WAY cheaper than eating out for those particular meals. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

jackaroo1223:  So I may not be the most equipped to answer your question because i’m not married nor have I had a wedding in the bahamas, but like you, I am planning a DW wedding and going with a villa can turn out to be twice as expensive as going with a hotel. Some villas (i’ve considered this idea and have started looking into it) require you to use certain vendors and charge you additional fees for using these vendors instead of their personal chef which could cost an arm and a leg anyways (my SO is a chef for a villa). Some villas also require you to use their management service provided as the coordinator of the event, which actually makes things easier for you, but its a cost that you didnt consider when you were initially budgeting.

We have decided to actually get married in a church and have our reception at a restaurant on a beach because it would be the easiest and most hastle free and we are staying in the hotel which has the most picturesque views for our pictures. We may change our minds as we are still a good ways off and arent officially engaged but you never really know until you start to get quotes from places (atleast that has been my experience). Good luck!

Post # 7
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517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

jackaroo1223:  We were in Nassau and saw the Sandals – it is AMAZING! The beaches are unbelievable. You will love it! It is truly paradise!

Post # 8
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Newbee

Hello 🙂

I am having my destination wedding / honeymoon at Sandals Emerald Bay, next June (2015)! We booked our 9 night stay and airfare through Bookit.com and saved $1500! The wedding itself you need to plan directly through Sandals but they have been great so far! We are very excited and everything is extremely affordable!!

Best of Luck!!

Post # 9
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Busy bee

We did not have a wedding there, but we spent a week at the Sandals Emerald Bay last November. It was fantastic.  We stayed in the Royal Estate Villa which is a large, free-standing 2 story house with a private infinity pool.  You can rent out the two rooms that adjoin the main house (on either side) to accommodate more people.  It’s expensive but soooo worth it.  

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee

jackaroo1223: I’m getting married May 2015 on Grand Bahamas Island. I’m using Chic Bahamas Weddings (feel free to Google it, our planner is Marva Monroe), and so far everything has been really lovely. The selling point was us was being able to have the ceremony on our island and then jetting off to another for our honeymoon. It’s been pretty affordable so far as well. Here is our venue (Spanish Main Beach):

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