Balmy temperatures and incredible sandy beaches make The Bahamas the dream destination for winter weddings
If your big day has been postponed in the UK, how about a winter wedding in the Bahamas?
Choose the Bahamas in the Caribbean for your wedding and there’s no need to cross your fingers and hope for a dry, sunny day. The winter months in these unique islands, just 55 miles off the coast of Florida, have the ideal climate for weddings. Warm trade winds guarantee lovely, year-round weather, with winter lows averaging a comfortable 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
There’s no shortage of stunning settings for your photos either. Turquoise oceans and pink and white sandy beaches make picture-perfect backdrops, as do lush tropical gardens or the pretty pastels of the colonial architecture and blue and white churches. With a wide choice of locations and glamorous venues for a civil or religious ceremony, which you can hold from sunrise through to sunset, there’s somewhere to suit every size of gathering. For something a little more unusual, you can even make a splash with an underwater wedding, complete with dolphin ringbearers! And as winter is peak time for the famous Junkanoo festivities, you can let the music and colours of the fabulous street parades be the inspiration for your own party.
Flexible residency requirements for weddings in the Bahamas (you can apply for your marriage licence within 24 hours of arrival) make the arrangements easier than in many parts of the world. There’s also the added attraction of being able to marry on one beautiful island then take a short ferry or flight to honeymoon on another.
Where do we start?
If this all sounds gloriously romantic but logistically challenging, there’s no need to worry about how to manage the arrangements. All of the major resorts have wedding coordinators and some offer free basic wedding packages. However, you can also find a wedding planner to look after all the details and process the legal documents for you via The Bahamas Bridal Association. An organisation of professionally certified planners and vendors, this is endorsed by The Bahamas government through the Ministry of Tourism’s wonderfully named Romance Department. Your planner can help you with everything from booking the ceremony, flowers, transport and refreshments to choosing the music –the vibrant sounds of traditional steel drums, maybe, or a mellow saxophone as the sun sinks over the horizon?
Whatever your personal style, you can find the best way to celebrate your big day in The Bahamas, with plenty of reasons why your friends and family will be queuing up to join you. Enjoy all manner of water sports from gentle paddle-boarding and kayaking to sailing and diving adventures, plus world-class fishing and thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular beaches await visitors of every generation – you just need to decide when and where!
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