(Closed) eloping / destination wedding help

posted 12 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

There are so many wonderful Caribbean islands and each is a bit different.  I chose Jamaica because I thought it would be a wonderful place to throw a party and it is a very easy flight (non stop) from NY.

That said, I have visited many other beautiful Caribbean islands that would be amazing for a wedding.  If your most important factor is ease of travel, islands like Jamaica, some parts of the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Bermuda even Florida can be good but potentially "pre-packaged"- it just depends. Our was not so, but we spent a lot of money to have it our way. On this site, Mrs. Ant’s was at Rockhouse in Jamaica and her wedding looked amazing! So you definitely can have the non-packaged, personal, gorgeous weddings on these bigger islands!

However, I have visited islands in the Caribbean that are so gorgeous, I would love to have a wedding there, but knew my mom wouldn’t be able to stand the ferry or small plane rides to get there. So, if you don’t mind the more obscure travel or at least making an airplane connection, then I love places like the Exumas (in the Bahamas), Barbados, BVI , USVI.  That’s all that I’ve been to, but tons of others look just amazing. (Curacao, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos are on my list of one day getting to visit). And most of these islands will probably have the less "pre packaged" feel which you mention you do not want.  For me, it was about shuttling around 40 guests.  But with 5 guests, I probably would have gone somewhere in British Virgin Islands, or Dutch West Indies. Someplace more remote… But your budget will determine a lot as well.  Maybe you don’t want to fly in your photographer, but how much per night are you willing to spend on hotel or how much on the airplane flight, etc. This will determine what island you should go to.

Anyway, I hope that helps a little.  Sorry it was so long. If you need more specific info on where I’ve stayed etc., let me know…

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