When it comes to destination wedding locations, there are thousands of sites all over the world to choose from. You can choose from safaris, stunning beach locations, snowy landscapes, desert settings, and just about anything you can dream of. But for most people, especially those of us living in the colder climes, destination wedding locations usually include sunny beaches, swaying palms, clear blue waters, slush tropical forests, and secluded getaways. That is perhaps the most compelling reason why you can say that among the world’s best wedding destinations, Caribbean spots rule.
The Caribbean is a collection of sunny islands that stretch from the coast of Florida down to Venezuela – there are about seven thousand islands in the chain. Such a diverse group of islands offer plenty of white sandy beaches, bright turquoise waters, and truly breathtaking views ideal venues for wedding ceremonies. In these islands there are also large areas of lush tropical forest, usually just a short distance from wide swathes of gorgeous beachfront.
Of the many wedding destinations in the Caribbean, those in the Bahamas are most popular. This prosperous country is composed of 700 islands where tourism provides about 60% of the revenue, and provides jobs for about half of the working population. While all kinds of tourists come for vacations, a significant number come to have their dream weddings there. There are resorts that cater to almost every type of wedding and to suit most budgets. And for those who can afford it, resorts that cover entire islands can hold the grandest weddings and cater to hordes of guests. In addition to its natural beauty, couples are attracted to abundant fresh seafood, tropical fruit and the chance to experience interesting local culture.
Resorts all over the islands offer customized wedding packages. Beach, indoor, chapel and garden weddings are commonplace. But hotels and resorts also cater to rather unusual special requests such as local themed weddings, underwater weddings, and in truly secluded locations. The official government tourism website (http://www.bahamas.com/weddings) has loads of information on wedding packages, including registration requirements.
Other notable wedding destinations in the Caribbean include:
Turks & Caicos Islands:A British Protectorate with 40 islands and cays this country is sunny all year round. Its main attractions are sun, sand and sea with vast stretches of deserted beaches and colorful coral reefs. Resorts host weddings all the time.
Barbados: Though the world knows this country as the birthplace of rum, it also has dramatic rocky cliffs, gently sloping beaches, lush forests, and clear blue waters. Many couples prefer to have their weddings in the friendly and laid back atmosphere of the Barbados.
Jamaica: Other than the clean sunny beaches and lush tropical forests, offers vibrant nightlife and lots of historical sites. However, it is still the resorts and hotels at secluded locations which are popular with those intending to wed.
St. Lucia has a lot of great wedding venues. The mild tropical climate, sunny skies, clear blue waters, lush gardens, and dense forests provide are perfect for wedding ceremonies.
As a destination for couples ready to take the plunge, nothing beats these Caribbean locations.