The beautiful Bahamas
Not so long ago, The Bahamas was an undiscovered paradise. Now it has become a favourite destination for wedding couples and honeymooners to enjoy the natural charm and tropical beauty of these sun-kissed Caribbean islands
Apart from the beautiful beaches, the ocean and lush, natural landscapes, The Bahamas still surprise each visitor – did you know that Alexander Selkirki, the real Robinson Crusoe, actually came to The Bahamas and survived on one of the 700 islands until he was rescued five years later?
The Bahamas is known for its stellar beaches. With breathtaking islands and cays, and the clearest water on Earth, it’s no wonder visitors come from all around the world to sink their toes into miles of pure white, and in some places pink, sand. Many of the beaches have been voted ‘best in the world’ and it’s not uncommon to find a celebrity or two strolling along the shores of the Bahamas
When it comes to nature, The Bahamas has plenty to offer. The islands play host to some of the most intriguing, exotic and mysterious natural phenomena on the planet – from the world’s deepest blue hole, the third-largest barrier reef in the world, miles of pink-sand beaches and the world’s largest colony of pink flamingos to the endangered Bahama Parrot, the unusual Andros iguana and a wild horse preserve.
Bahamas weddings & honeymoons
For some couples, honeymooning in The Bahamas just isn’t enough. They also want to be married in paradise. Tour operators, resorts and the tourist offices are available to assist you to plan your destination wedding, with everything from a simple wedding to a lavish reception.
The wedding day of each and every bride and groom has to be extra special. In The Islands Of The Bahamas exchanging vows in a paradise-like setting is a given with the 16 main islands offering many different locations and venue styles.
The romance of the naturally beautiful environment, warmth of the Bahamian people and a local attention to detail ensure everything is just right.
Toes-in-the-sand weddings take on a different dimension in The Bahamas as you can choose from the soft white, pink or golden sand beaches scattered liberally like confetti through the 16 main islands, matching the sand to your colour scheme.
Eleuthera & Harbour Island are most famed for their pink sand beaches although there are others – for example, Cat Island boasts pink sand too. Sandals Emerald Bay, Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort on Great Exuma is set on a sweeping curve of white beach, just one of the locations featured in their menu of wedding packages.
One of the most popular spectacular settings for couples wanting to set the big scene is the 14th century Augustinian Cloister in the Versailles Gardens on Paradise Island. The stone chapel ruins at Mount Alvernia (the highest point of The Bahamas) on Cat Island at just 63 metres, lend an almost mythical setting to a wedding with beautiful 360-degree views of the island.
The picturesque pastel coloured clapboard cottages and pickets fences of Hopetown, in The Abacos, are reminiscent of an English village. Ride to your ceremony on a beribboned golf cart or take a little boat over to the candy-striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse for a truly unusual wedding location.
Deep Love – off Grand Bahama Island
In June 2017 there is the opportunity for couples to take part in the World’s largest ever underwater wedding. Share your wedding ceremony with a constantly changing guest list of marine life swimming in and out when you choose a divers-only wedding in the clearest water in the world. Your officiant will be a qualified diver as will be the underwater photographer recording your memorable moments with a crystal clarity and otherworldly quality. Visit indeeplovebahamas.com
To be wed on The Bahamas islands, couples must be resident for 24-hours prior to applying for a marriage license. The marriage license must be obtained at least one day prior to the wedding. Birth certificates and a notarized affidavit are required; if appropriate, you’ll also need divorce papers, a former spouse’s death certificate or parental consent, if under 18-years-old.