5 unique & historic outdoor wedding venues in Nassau, Bahamas

When you close your eyes and imagine your Bahamas wedding, what do you see? Nassau is not short of some of the most amazing wedding venues around, and although the hundreds of gorgeous beaches are definitely a fan favorite (and rightfully so), there are some other hidden gems that are certainly worth exploring. These stunning spots are also historically rich and bound to make your wedding venue shortlist. 

The Queen’s Staircase (66 steps)

This venue is a beauty and definitely a top one on our list. The Queen’s Staircase, also known as the 66 Steps (although only 65 are visible), is a hand-carved staircase built between 1793 and 1794. The staircase, which was built by 600 slaves, was strategically placed to provide an escape route between Fort Fincastle and the city of Nassau. The steps were later named in honor of Queen Victoria, who abolished slavery during her 64-year reign from 1837 to 1901. Today, this very popular attraction is nestled away in a breath-taking grotto filled with gorgeous tropical fauna and waterfalls, which makes it a perfect scene for a fabulous island wedding your guests will never forget. 

The Queen's Staircase

John Watling's Distillery

With quite a few unique options on-site to choose from, this 200- year- old and almost 2-acre property is a great venue that boasts tons of history, beautiful surroundings and delicious libations. The distillery which specializes in Bahamian hand-crafted small-batch rums is located on the Buena Vista Estate in Downtown Nassau. The premises are beautifully landscaped and offers amazing views of Nassau’s harbor. Whether you’re going for a more intimate setting or going all out with a large wedding, every room and space tells a story that is full of rich history and Bahamian heritage; a story that is sure to add to the beauty of your big day. 

John Watlings DistilleryPhoto credit: nassauparadiseisland.com

The Cloisters

This one is a destination wedding favorite and for very, very good reason. This venue, located on the One & Only Ocean Club property, is easy to fall in love with at first sight. It has amazing architecture, gorgeous gardens and breath-taking views. I mean, what’s not to love? The old European ruins, which were imported from a 14th century French monastery, are surrounded by tropical flowers and trees such as purple blooming bougainvillea and lush palm trees. It is truly a unique backdrop that will offer your guests a spectacular experience they will take home with them. 

The Cloisters BahamasPhoto credit: Braxton Gardiner Photography

Fort Charlotte

Known for its history and present-day event grounds, Fort Charlotte is a beacon of Bahamian history and a wedding venue option that is definitely worth exploring. Built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore and named after the wife of King George III, Queen Saharia Charlotte, this interesting venue has ravishing views of the Nassau Harbour. With dungeons, underground passageways and cannons on property, your photographer will have countless backdrops to capture the history, beauty and uniqueness of the island. Can it get any more historic than that?

Fort Charlotte Bahamas

Photo credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Christ Church Cathedral 

Last but definitely not least, Christ Church Cathedral, originally built in 1670, is one of the historic landmarks in The Bahamas and a gorgeous place of worship for religious wedding ceremonies. It was built for the fifth time in 1841, after being built, rebuilt and destroyed several times during battles. It was extended and officially named a cathedral in 1861 when Nassau was named the city of The Bahamas. The cathedral boasts breathtaking stained-glass windows, limestone carved walls and Gothic architecture that all come together to create a perfect space to say your I do’s. 

Christ Church Cathedral Bahamas

Photo credit: Tru Bahamian Food Tours

Incorporating history and Bahamian heritage into your destination wedding gives your special day a unique twist on island life and will allow you to really savor in the deeply rooted beauty of what The Bahamas has to offer.