With its glamorous image of soft sandy beaches, swaying palms and glorious weather, no wonder Barbados attracts more than its fair share of A- list celebrities as well as couples looking to say ‘I do’ in Paradise.
If you marry or honeymoon in Barbados, don’t be surprised if you spot a few famous faces during your trip. Celebrities including Simon Cowall, Hugh Grant, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Mariah Carey flock to Barbados to splash around in the aquamarine waters of the island and party until sunrise on this sun-kissed island. You too will feel like a star if you choose Barbados for your destination wedding or dream honeymoon.
Barbados is a Colourful Caribbean island offering a unique blend of West African and Caribbean culture together with its elegant British heritage, giving it a distinct flavor unlike any other destination in the world. A pick and mix of striped and pastel-hued beach-front hotels offer star-quality accommodation to suit all pockets and cater for family holidays as well as romantic breaks, weddings and honeymoons.
And with a year-round perfect climate it’s easy to see why Barbados is one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations – with an average daily high temperature of 78ºF, and 3000 hours of annual sunshine, chances are that you will witness a breathtaking sunset nearly every evening of your time spent in Barbados – perfect for those romantic wedding photos.
Choose your beach
The Barbados beaches are tailor made for barefoot beach weddings – feel the soft golden sand between your toes as you proudly declare “I do” beneath the swaying palms. With so many pristine beaches to choose from your only problem is selecting your favourite location for your wedding ceremony. Carlisle Bay beach is a lively spot with yachts moored just off shore in the crescent shaped bay; you may prefer the seclusion of Crane Beach, regarded as one of the top ten beaches in the world, with its calm clear blue waters and pink sand; Haywoods Beach offers a large open area and is popular for watersports; choose Bottom Bay beach and marry under the cool palms or exchange your vows on the gorgeous white sand and limpid blue waters of Sandy Lane Beach, which are perfect for beach weddings.
A toast to tradition
Apart from being renowned as a tropical paradise with lush landscapes, gorgeous beaches and balmy climate, did you know that Barbados is also famous for being the true birthplace of rum? Mount Gay Rum began distilling on the island in 1703, the oldest brand of rum in existence, so toast your wedding celebrations with rum to get into the spirit of the island!
Barbados offers an idyllic setting for dream honeymoons, and with a diverse range of things to do, places to be and wonders to enjoy, there’s something to suit everyone. The beaches offer sunbathing, swimming, watersports, snorkeling and diving opportunities, whereas the more adventurous will want to explore the sights, including Charles Fort with its unique flavor of the island’s British colonial past and Ragged Point Lighthouse with its picturesque views of the entire East Coast. Take a dip in the amazing Reef Pools at Cattlewash Beach – a collection of tidal pools that are unique to Barbados, or watch a game of polo – Chukky at Holders in St James is one of four polo grounds on the island and is home to the Barbados Polo Club. Golfers will be in seventh heaven as Barbados offers some of the best championship courses in the Caribbean. Keep a look out too for the little green monkeys of Barbados which have thrived throughout the island – these mischievous little primates are always fun to watch.
Weddings in Barbados
If you have always dreamed of a tropical beach wedding or a genteel colonial plantation with fields of sugar to set the stage for your vows, or a more traditional ceremony in a church dating back to the 1600’s, or in the lush grounds of a luxury five-star resort hotel then Barbados can make those dreams into a wonderful reality. The wedding venue options available in Barbados are both beautiful and plentiful.
Getting married in Barbados couldn’t be easier and requires no notice, so you can say “I do” on the day of your arrival if you like, with the law allowing an official marriage ceremony to take place as soon as a license is obtained. No hassles, no delays and no waiting for your wedding!
Usually when getting married in an exotic location the paperwork required by the country seems overwhelming. Not so in Barbados! You can marry as soon as arrangements are made with a Marriage Officer (a Magistrate or authorized Minister of Religion) and a license is obtained.
Obtaining a wedding license
Application for a marriage license must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Bridgetown, with only the following docuents needed: Valid passports; marriage and death certificates if widowed; original decree of absolute if divorced. All wedding arrangements must be made with a Marriage Officer (a magistrate or a Minister of Religion authorized to be a Marriage Officer) prior to the completion of an application form for the license. Your tour operator’s wedding team and personal wedding planner will held ensure you have the necessary paperwork and help you sort out the legals prior to your wedding. Most resorts include return transfers to Bridgetown as part of their wedding package.