A Perfect Caribbean Wedding

wedding day sparklersRather than having their wedding close to home, many couples opt to travel to a far off location to make their wedding as unique and memorable as possible. Though some couples choose to go to a romantic location such as France or Italy, most couples choose somewhere tropical like the Caribbean where they can have a beach wedding. Planning a perfect Caribbean wedding can seem like a tough job, but with all the natural beauty on the islands it can actually be quite simple. On top of that, most of the resorts on the islands are familiar with hosting weddings because many couples choose to do the same thing. This means that you can get a great wedding with minimal effort by enlisting the help of a resort, but there are a few things that you will want to consider.

Destination Wedding or Eloping

There are two main ways to go about having your Caribbean wedding; either eloping or hosting a destination wedding. If you choose a destination wedding, you’ll need to invite your close friends and family to come to the Caribbean with you for a small ceremony. If you choose to elope, you leave as a couple unannounced and have your ceremony in private. Whatever you choose, it will greatly impact what you need to do to prepare for your wedding.

Indoor or Outdoor Wedding

Some people prefer having their wedding indoors, while others prefer the idea of being outside. The benefit of having an indoor wedding is that you don’t need to worry about things like wind and thunderstorms ruining your big day. On the other hand, having your wedding outdoors allows you to see all the natural beauty on the Caribbean beaches and enables you to use things like sparklers that you can’t use indoors. Though the choice is ultimately yours, it just seems like a waste to not utilize all the natural beauty found along the beaches.

Time of Year

Though most of the islands in the Caribbean such as Jamaica or the Bahamas are gorgeous all year long, there is one time of year that may be a little risky to plan your wedding; hurricane season. Each year from June 1st to November 30th, the Caribbean is in its hurricane season. While that doesn’t mean you are destined for terrible weather, it does mean that the chance of showing up on your island to a terrible storm is very real. Though your chances are good that there isn’t going to be a storm, it’s still a risk and should be considered carefully.

Which Island

With so many great islands in the Caribbean, you really need to do your homework to see which one you like best. I usually recommend going to a couple of travel sites to look at some of the nearby attractions to see what works best for you. For instance, certain islands in the Bahamas will be better for snorkeling while others will be better for their beaches. It’s up to you what you want out of your Caribbean adventure, but there are plenty of websites to offer the information needed to make an informed decision.