Bahamas Beach Wedding
Does your fantasy wedding take place on a powdery white beach with a
backdrop of crystal clear water and blue sky? The Bahamas provides not
only picturesque scenery, but also an average year-round tropical climate
of 83 degrees F/28.5 degrees C. Romance is inherent in this magnificent
exotic location. A wedding ceremony at sunset is the most popular time
of day for a beach wedding.
The Beach Wedding
Remember it is your memorable day and, as the
bride and groom, it can be whatever you envision
it to be. So be creative and inspire your family
and friends to do the same. Whether you choose
to say “I do” in your bathing suits
or in the traditional wedding attire, your beach
wedding should implant a memory that will last
In order to have your wedding in the Bahamas,
you must register for a marriage license after
a 24-hour residency period. The cost is approximately
$100 and the marriage license is valid for 90
days. Both parties must go together to the place
of registry to apply.
- Photo ID (driver’s license)
- Valid passports
- Divorce decree (if re-marrying)
- Death certificate (if widowed)
- Proof of arrival in the Bahamas (plane ticket
- Written parental consent for parties under
18 years of age
Food and Entertainment
Bahamian cuisine, influenced by the American South, presents a great variety
of traditional dishes such as curried goat, rock lobster, fried plantains,
conch fritters, grouper fingers, and souse (a soup unique to the Caribbean).
When it comes to the wedding cake, a delicious West Indian rum cake will
delight your guests.
Bahamian steel drums will have you and your
guests dancing all night under the stars. Hiring
a Junkanoo band, (native music by Bahamians)
would be a great addition to the line up of
entertainment at your beach wedding.
Because the Bahamas is the marriage capital of the world, companies will
compete for your business by offering all types of wedding and honeymoon
vacation packages. Shop around until you find something that suits your
specific needs and those of your guests. Whatever your budget, you will
find suitable accommodations. Whether you stay at a luxury resort or choose
the comfort of a cozy inn, the exotic ocean scenery is still the same.
A typical wedding package offers the following:
- Photography and/or videographer
- Food catering
- Ceremony and reception facilities
If your budget can afford it, hire a wedding
consultant to handle the details of your beach
wedding. This will allow the bride and groom
to thoroughly enjoy the wedding worry-free.
A local consultant would be your best bet as
they specialize in Bahamas weddings. If you
choose to deal with the preparations yourself,
keep it simple so that you can stay in the moment
without being overwhelmed, and enjoy the beach
wedding of your dreams!
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