How to Plan a Destination Wedding in The Bahamas

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The shift in wedding trends toward smaller wedding parties, an emphasis on a celebration shared with friends and family and destination weddings that embrace local culture, will continue in 2018. For newly engaged couples considering a destination wedding there is literally a world of options, but none better than The Islands Of The Bahamas. The Bahamas have some of the most beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters in the world; a warm, welcoming island lifestyle, and while it feels a world away is a quick one-hour flight (or less) from Miami.

For the evolving, modern wedding party, The Bahamas makes it easy to create the kind of shared experience and adventure that transforms the wedding day into a lifetime memory. Cities and settlements across the islands have unique venues that couples can choose from, customizing an event to match their unique personality. Whether an indoor plated presentation of elevated Bahamian cuisine or a beach bonfire and cookout under the stars, The Bahamas has something to suit every taste. There’s even a Director of Romance who can help couples and wedding planners with frequently asked questions from how to get a license, to where to get hair and make-up done.  

 

 

Couples can follow a few easy steps to plan the Bahamas wedding of their dreams:

Step 1: Choosing an island

Nassau & Paradise Island – The capital of The Bahamas is ideal for those who may be hosting a larger wedding, with easy transfers to venues from Lynden Pindling International Airport. Guests can enjoy an immersion into Bahamian culture in no time by visiting the country’s widest array of historical landmarks, art galleries, and nightlife.

Grand Bahama Island – Best for those looking for an on-site wedding at a beautifully scenic Grand Bahama hotel, the island offers a mix of stunning national parks, small town charm and a wide array of eco-tours and watersports. It is also a short, three-hour ferry ride from Miami, making it a high-value trip for those in the Southeast.

The Out Islands (aka the ‘Family Islands’) – Perfect for those looking for a more intimate, laid-back island affair, The Out Islands is the ideal oasis for total relaxation and privacy, with access to exotic wildlife, natural wonders and some of the world’s best scuba diving, fishing and boating.

Step 2: Picking the date

Weddings can take place from sunrise to sunset every day of the week. Couples should plan their ceremony for a day or two after their arrival, to ensure ample time to receive their wedding license.

Step 3: Start your honeymoon registry

The Bahamas has a honeymoon registry that allows friends and families to give the newlyweds unique Bahamian experiences as gifts. Newlyweds can enjoy eco-tours, golf lessons, dolphin encounters, scuba diving lessons and many more island adventures together, thanks to their guests.

Step 4: Getting a marriage license

Couples can apply for a marriage license after 24 hours in the country at the Administrator’s Office located on the island of their wedding. The license then takes just two business days, excluding major holidays to receive.

Step 5: Say, “I do,”

.....and don’t forget to share your memorable moments with friends and family back home by tagging @visitthebahamas #itsbetterinthebahamas.

For wedding deals and packages in The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.

To start planning, contact your hotelier or email the Bahamas Weddings & Honeymoons department: romance@bahamas.com