(Closed) St Thomas or St John Weddings

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
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Bumble bee

 

What is your definition of affordable? Don’t forget to consider prices of hotels for your guests.

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Sugar bee

The US Virgin Islands are very, very expensive.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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meghaphil103115:  MY wedding is next Saturday at the Marriott Frenchmens Reef in St Thomas. We have about 45 people making the trip with us. So far, I can only speak on the wedding planning process up until now. I have LOVED working with my coordinator at the resort! She has been very responsive and reaches out to let us know when she will and won’t be available (which for me was very important). We orignally budgeted about $15k for ours and have definitely surpassed that number but I think it is definitely possible to do in the $20k range. We added a couple of things like a welcome party for our guests that added to costs. A couple things to keep in mind: 1. if you go through a resort, it is harder to pick your own vendors like you would at home. You can’t really “shop around”. 2. You depend heavily on the words and advice of your coordinator. Like I said I really liked ours and trusted her ALOT through the process. 3. Be upfront about what you do and don’t want. A good resort coordinator will cater to your needs. 4. We shipped alot of things down ahead of time (centerpieces, favors) so this might also be a cost you will need to add to your budget. 

Hope this helps a little! 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m getting married in St. Thomas in August this year. We originally booked with a resort, but decided to rent a private villa and have the wedding there instead. By having the wedding at the villa, we are able to have as many guests as we want w/o paying extra fees per person over a certain number of guests. The resort papckage limited us to 20 guests (who had to also stay at the resort, and if guests were not staying at the resort, they’d need day passes). For every guest over the 20 person limit, there was a fee for them. We are planning to have 50 guests, and so far have 26 confirmed guests. We’ve budgeted 15k and we are well within our budget, even including flights to/fr St. Thomas and our honeymoon in Costa Rica. Planning has been great so far and working with vendors has been awesome. I got recommendations for vendors from the owner of the villa we’re renting, and some I found on my own – all have been great to work with so far.

Let me know if you’d like details about any of this!

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 9 months ago by islandbride16.
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Buzzing bee

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meghaphil103115:  just got back from vacation on St. Thomas/St. John (we got engaged on St. John!). our last day there, we saw a wedding on Lindquist Beach in St. Thomas. As for the ceremony prices, it’s really reasonable – $100 ceremony fee, plus an entrance fee of $4/person to get on the beach. Same for Magen’s Bay. Do keep in mind that it’s still a public beach, though, so you’re not guarunteed privacy for your ceremony (hence how we saw someone else’s wedding). As for reception venues, can’t help you there :/

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

One of the bees whom I haven’t seen in a long time, Weddingbound, was married in St. Thomas. Her photos were beautiful. I’m not sure, but, from the pictures I am remembering, I am thinking that she may have had her wedding at the Ritz Carlton there.

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Buzzing bee

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meghaphil103115:  oh, sorry I’m not getting married in St thomas! Just happen to see a wedding while we were there – as in, we were laying on the beach and then a bunch of people in fancy clothes showed up next to us and got married. we are getting married in New York. 

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Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

We didn’t get married on St. Thomas or St. John, but we love vacationing there. On one trip, we ate at a restaurant on a St. Thomas estate called the “Blue Orchid”. The grounds and the views were so spectacular, and I remember thinking that it would be a beautiful place for a wedding. The food was very good also. Maybe worth checking out? 

On the other hand, if you want a beach wedding, it doesn’t get more beautiful than Magen’s Bay, imo! The far end is most private (turn left and head up beach from main entrance).

 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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meghaphil103115:  I believe the rooms were around  $250 a night but a lot of our guests got packages through priceline or book it that included their flights too which made the prices way more reasonable. Our guests knew about a year in advance that we wanted to do destination so that also helped. Also the resort offered us a discounted rate for a block of rooms early on in the planning process ($199/night i think). We didnt go that route because we werent sure how many ppl would actually be making the trip with us at that time. I will definitely try to post pics when we get back. I can’t wait! 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We are staying at Christian Villa in Solberg. I think you may be able to have your wedding there without staying there, after paying an event fee to use the villa. There might be other places that allow you to do that too.

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