Large Party Planning Tips for Weddings in the Bahamas

It is often believed that many couples choose a destination wedding so they can reduce attendance by too many personalities. But ceremonies with large groups of guests can produce great memories and Weddings in the Bahamas can help you make them fun for everyone who attends!

Large Party Planning Tips for Weddings in the Bahamas

Our goal is to reduce doubt by making your destination wedding experience too fun to miss.

A destination Wedding in the Bahamas is a nice way to bring friends and family living across the globe together. Many of the resorts we work with specialize in group travel planning and offer some very affordable and diverse guest experience options, so no one gets left out of your big-day celebration.

Here are some ideas to bring your Wedding in the Bahamas guests together:

  • Welcome cocktail reception: The first night guests arrive is an ideal opportunity to introduce everyone at a casual cocktail party. This reception helps set the tone for the rest of their stay. Most resorts in the Bahamas have poolside bars that make it an easy place to gather. Alternately, we can help you pick and book a local destination that accommodates large parties and has amazing ambience.
  • Family Day Cruise: Even if your guests arrive by cruise ship, a short half-day cruise on a smaller private yacht is a great bonus before or after the wedding ceremony. There are many cruising options in the Bahamas – like catamarans – and we can help you pick the right size and cruise destination. This way, the kids can swim and snorkel while the grandparents kick back and watch the action from the safety and comfort of the boat.
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Party: Yes! The Bahamas has a night life. We can arrange transportation to and from a local nightclub, casino, or private location for special pre-wedding celebrations.
  • Group Classes: Get adventurous! The Bahamas has many outdoor recreational classes and excursions for your guests to experience including scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, kiteboarding, and fishing. For land lovers, we can help you organize card or video games, cooking classes, painting classes, and more.
  • Adult Classes: Good wine and food are great conversation starters. Let us help you host a wine tasting party, while the kids enjoy a night at the movies. Add an art workshop and now your guests have a take-home souvenir that they will always cherish!
  • Pool/Beach Party: Beyond your special day, your Weddings in the Bahamas planner can help you put together a fun pool or beach day event to include food, games, and photo-worthy moments.
  • Sport & Fitness Events: Large group weddings are a great opportunity to plan a friendly sporting event or competition. From football to sunrise yoga, tennis clinics or golf tournaments, big groups mean big fun and big smiles.
  • Spa Day: Treat yourself and guests to group spa services like manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages. Your Weddings in the Bahamas planner can also make arrangements for personal hair styling and makeup for the whole wedding party.

Destination weddings are about more than just the ceremony. With Weddings in the Bahamas as your partner, we make sure your guests enjoy your special day and all the days around it too. Give us a call, toll free, at 1-877-232-5854 to discuss your large party Bahama wedding needs today.

Cruise Ship Destination Weddings in the Bahamas

Getting there is half the fun. Enjoy the cruise ship experience to and from your Wedding in the Bahamas. Read this post to get the skinny on how to add a Wedding in the Bahamas to your Caribbean cruise vacation and the license loophole that makes it even easier!

Couples who love to cruise can enjoy a tropical island wedding ceremony and reception while visiting one of several Bahamian islands. But there are a few details you need to know first:

  • Bahamian law requires every couple who intend to hold their official wedding ceremony on a Bahamian island to apply for a marriage license at a Registrar’s office after they have spent at least 24 hours in the Bahamas (proof of stay is required). Read our July 2021 post about “How to Obtain a Marriage License in the Bahamas.”
  • Most popular cruise ship packages (e.g., Norwegian, Princess, Disney) do not offer multi-day stays at one Bahamian location so you’ll need to find a cruise that includes day one at a Bahamian location (e.g., Disney’s private Castaway Island) followed by a second day on one of the main Bahamian islands. As long as you’re in Bahamian waters the first day, it conforms with the 24-hour rule (above). Most cruises arrive in the morning so we can help you get your license upon arrival, host the ceremony during the day, and get you back to the ship in time for departure.

Luckily there is a simple way to get around these obstacles so you can have your cruise and wedding in the Bahamas too.

The Destination Wedding License Loophole

Couples who arrive by cruise ship and wish to host a wedding ceremony in the Bahamas can take advantage of a marriage license loophole: the symbolic ceremony.

What’s a symbolic ceremony? Basically, a couple obtains a marriage license, and has their simple exchange of vows presided over by a legal official like a judge or court clerk in the couple’s country/county of residence. After these legal licensing steps are fulfilled, a symbolic ceremony can take place anywhere. Essentially you are avoiding the license application requirements of a foreign country by fulfilling the requirements ahead of time in your hometown.

Our licensed wedding planner can help you create a magical symbolic wedding ceremony during your cruise ship excursion to the Bahamas. We handle everything from transportation of your guests from and to the cruise ship port to the wedding venue, floral arrangements, officiant, music, photography, wedding cake, and reception.

Cruise in – Get Wed – Cruise out

A cruise is a great way to make your wedding even more memorable. If you design a custom cruise experience, you get even more flexibility to arrive by ship, apply for and obtain the license, and enjoy your dream wedding in the Bahamas. You might want to consider adding a few extra days in the Bahamas to relax with guests during a full dinner reception at a tropical resort, celebrate your wedding night in a large, private suite that doesn’t sway, enjoy the local amenities and points of interest, and then cruise out in style.

Note: Bahamian Registrar offices are only open Monday – Friday so you must select a date when the cruise arrives on a weekday. Don’t worry, when you partner with Weddings in the Bahamas, we make sure every details is handled so you can relax and focus on celebrating your vows of love.

As an experienced wedding planner in the Bahamas, Anne Marie Williams knows how to get it done. You can rely on her to make the whole process easy with several inclusive Cruise Ship Wedding Packages or a custom experience that fits your island wedding vision.

Give us a call, toll free, at 1-877-232-5854 to discuss your cruise ship destination Bahama wedding ceremony today.

Bahama Vow Renewal Ceremonies are Growing in Popularity

Couples seeking a more remarkable anniversary celebration are turning to vow renewal ceremonies in the 21st Century. And the trend is getting popular, especially in warm, tropical destinations like the Bahamas.

A wedding vow renewal ceremony provides couples with an opportunity to display their love and continued commitment in front of children and new friends and family. Weddings in the Bahamas has seen a sharp increase in the number of couples booking vow renewal ceremonies in the past few years and isn’t surprised.

“For many married couples, a simple anniversary dinner does not encapsulate the magnitude of achieving a long, loving partnership,” said Weddings in the Bahamas owner and licensed wedding consultant Anne Marie Williams. “Vow renewal ceremonies give couples more than just a chance to relive their special day; in most cases, we can make the milestone even more memorable than their original wedding day!”

A destination vow renewal ceremony in the Bahamas is ultra fun because there’s typically less anxiety surrounding the big day. Plus, you don’t need to fuss with a marriage license or make concessions to please your in-laws.

TIP: Vow renewal ceremonies are a great family vacation alternative! Many of the resorts in the Bahamas cater to families with kid-friendly activities and luxury amenities. The occasion also means your kids can be part of the ceremony and celebration too!

A Weddings in the Bahamas vow renewal ceremony opens the door for couples to have it their way. Choose from our three vow renewal ceremony packages. Or let us customize a package with add on services or special requests to make it extra extraordinary.

Vow renewal ceremonies commemorate your years together and are a great way to recommit to each other. Whether you want a vow renewal ceremony with just the two of you or a vow renewal ceremony that includes a large group of friends and family, Weddings in the Bahamas is ready to help.

Since the islands of the Bahamas are blessed with beautiful weather year-round, you don’t have to wait for the ice to melt either. And the islands are an easy travel destination to reach so it’s convenient and affordable for guests to attend from across the globe.

Give us a call, toll free, at 1-877-232-5854 to discuss your Bahama vow renewal ceremony dreams today.

Designing the Ideal Weddings in the Bahamas Reception

Once the ceremony ends, the celebrations begin! The reception is a much-anticipated part of any wedding. Whether it’s an intimate candlelit dinner on the beach for two newlyweds that just eloped, or an elegant six-course dinner celebration in a grand ballroom with over 100 guests, your wedding reception in the Bahamas can happen exactly as you envision.

Deserving of an esprit of celebration, wedding receptions provide a wonderful opportunity to create smiles and memories with the ones you love. Weddings in the Bahamas helps you accomplish this by handling all the little details and fine elements that make a wedding reception fun and fabulous.

Weddings in the Bahamas specializes in both traditional and themed receptions. We are an experienced, licensed wedding planner with a passion for parties! Our couples appreciate the little touches that make all the difference. So regardless of the size of your guest list, your reception options are only limited by your imagination (and budget) in the Bahamas. Check out our photo gallery for reception ideas and inspiration.

What to Expect at a Bahamas Wedding Reception

 Imagine burning tiki torches leading your guests down a fragrant garden path to a tented ballroom that’s illuminated by pillar candles and soft twinkling rain lights. Gold embellished chairs surround large round tables draped in crisp white linen and gracefully dressed with gold-rimmed ivory tableware and crystal wine glasses. Exotic towering floral arrangements provide pleasing aromatics that cascade across the table while a string quartet plays softly in the corner as your guests sip top-shelf cocktails before the first course of the gourmet dinner is served. Dinner begins with crisp field greens and house dressing, warm rolls, followed by fresh seafood, steak and pasta dishes accompanied by fresh market vegetables.

Or maybe you envision just a simple afternoon brunch buffet with bottomless mimosas on the shaded patio of a local restaurant. Got small kids? How about a beach barbeque. Adults only? Why not poolside burgers and suds. Big. Small. Elegant. Casual. Formal. Barefoot. Weddings in the Bahamas can help you put together a reception that fits your taste and budget.

Here’s what Ashley had to say about working with Weddings in the Bahamas in 2021:

Anne Marie – aka The Dream Maker – put me at ease and supported my dreamy ceremony in the Bahamas. She provides multiple options for location, flowers, photography, decorations, etc. to make decision making easy. The location was breathtaking, my bouquet was stunning & the photographer/videographer were amazing. I really appreciated that Anne Marie regularly checked in with me to see how I was feeling or if I had any last-minute special requests. Out of the thousands of weddings that she’s done, she still makes you feel like your wedding is the absolute best! 

Your wedding theme and colors will be blended into the décor of your reception to create a seamless connection from ceremony to celebration. Our goal is to create receptions that reflect your unique style and provide a most beautiful ambience. Weddings in the Bahamas is also familiar with many cultural customs and will work with you to incorporate them into the reception.

Give us a call, toll free, at 1-877-232-5854 to discuss your Bahama wedding reception dreams today.

Find Your Treasure: Unique Bahama Wedding Portrait Locations

There are over 370,000 miles of shoreline in the world, but few have the qualities to be called truly spectacular like the beaches of the Bahamas. If you envision your wedding day and portraits on the beach, check out this list of reasons Bahamian beaches can’t be beat:

  • Soft breezes created by equatorial ocean currents keep Bahama beachgoers feeling comfortably cool
  • With the cleanest air quality in the world according to the World Air Quality Report, Bahama’s beaches are void of low-tide or urban smells
  • The sea water in the Bahamas is the same temperature as the air
  • Rain moves quickly across the islands due to atmospheric currents which means the sun is never behind a cloud for more than 15 minutes
  • Gentle waves along the shorelines have softened shells to create the softest white sand
  • Tides and currents along Bahama beaches create some of the clearest waters in the world

But the beach is not the only place where extraordinary weddings and photos can be done in the Bahamas. Read more to discover the versatility our island campus has to offer for your dream wedding day. Check out our wedding photo gallery page too.

Beyond the Beach

There’s no law that requires a beach wedding when choosing the Bahamas for your destination wedding. In fact, our rich history has blessed us with many glorious wedding site options.

First, an irresistible love of nature has graced the Bahamas with turn-of-the-century gardens, private grassy peninsulas, an abandoned military fort, and an eight-century old stone monastery. These off-the-beaten-path locations provide dramatic backdrops to your wedding day vows and photos.

Second, the ease of access and popularity of the Bahamas has attracted world-recognized hoteliers and luxury resorts. Like its treasured natural beauty, these properties are more than just a place to rest. They are magical destinations with amenities and views that wow visitors and create lasting memories.

Working with one of our talented wedding photographers, Weddings in the Bahamas knows where the best photo spots are located on the island. So, whether you love the idea of having your entire wedding party photos on a dramatic staircase, or a silhouetted portrait of the bride and groom against a colorful sun setting sky, we can make it happen! View our creativity on Instagram.

You provide the vision, and we will capture it. Give us a call, toll free, at 1-877-232-5854 to discuss your Wedding in the Bahamas photo dreams today.

Photographer: Nancy Easton, Easton Studios

Location: Old Fort Bay Club

Exceeding Cakexpectations at Your Wedding in the Bahamas

Just because you want a destination wedding in the Bahamas doesn’t mean you have to abandon your big day cake dreams. From traditional white tiered designs to custom sizes and flavors as amazing as a Bahamian sunset, your Weddings in the Bahamas ultimate wedding cake will be waiting for you after you say I do.

Exceeding Cakexpectations at your Wedding in the Bahamas

More than likely, you have probably scrolled through hundreds of cake design images on Pinterest and saved them to your personal wedding day board. And now it’s time to pick one that matches your ideal wedding day vision. As a Weddings in the Bahamas client, you can share your Pinterest board ideas with us, and we will find a bakery in the Bahamas that can meet your cakexpectationsView some of our favorite cake pins on Pinterest.

As a luxury travel destination, our island nation is blessed with some of the most talented professionals in the world. Our licensed wedding consultant has vetted and found the island’s best wedding cake designers, so you don’t have to worry about getting the taste or design you want on your special day.

With your wedding theme in mind, Weddings in the Bahamas can also suggest ways to incorporate your wedding theme and colors onto your cake with flowers, shells or colorful cake decor. Special dietary requests can also be accommodated.

Exceeding Cakexpectations at your Wedding in the Bahamas

For couples who want the full Bahamian wedding experience, a popular island wedding cake we see often is a light sponge cake with tropical fillings of lemon, pineapple, coconut, strawberry, peach, and vanilla. Even more exotic is the piña colada wedding cake.

Due to federal regulations, we are unable to ship cake samples beforehand – but we are confident you will not be disappointed in your final Weddings in the Bahamas wedding cake.

Give us a call, toll free, at 1-877-232-5854 to discuss your wedding cake ideas today.

All About Love: Symbolic Ceremony in the Bahamas

Avoid the fuss and requirements of the Bahamian marriage application and licensing process with a symbolic ceremony (aka commitment wedding ceremony). A symbolic ceremony is just as special as a traditional wedding ceremony—it just removes the legal steps because you do them beforehand at your hometown clerk of the court’s office.

Symbolic wedding ceremonies in the Bahamas are very romantic because you, your spouse and guests can focus on the sincerity of the nuptials and significance of the special moment. It also means you can host your Wedding in the Bahamas anywhere, anytime, and the officiant doesn’t have to be licensed.

Many couples like the idea of a symbolic ceremony versus a traditional wedding ceremony because it removes all the unromantic, technical parts of the marriage like setting an appointment to fill out forms, pay fees, and take vows from a judge or licensed clerk who also must sign and file the certificate to make the union legal.

When the licensing requirements are completed ahead of the destination symbolic ceremony in the Bahamas, you have the freedom to plan a very unique and expressive celebration. It also gives you more control over how you wish to honor your cultural traditions or religious beliefs.

Weddings in the Bahamas can help couples design a memorable symbolic ceremony that is tailored to their needs, values, and beliefs. Be it traditional with a pastor or untraditional with poetry readings, we can help you discover options that fit your vision.

We have helped many couples plan a symbolic ceremony and would be honored to help you too. Call Anne Marie Williams, a Bahama-based licensed wedding planner, toll free at 1-877-232-5854 to discuss your symbolic ceremony in the Bahamas.

How to Choose a Great Wedding in the Bahamas Theme

Not all weddings in the Bahamas take place on the beach. If you always envisioned a traditional white church wedding, there’s no need to abandon your dream just because you will exchange vows on a tropical island.

Let your imagination soar – as long as it doesn’t include snow – as you develop a theme for your special wedding day in the Bahamas. Weddings in the Bahamas has worked with couples from nearly every continent, with varied tastes and traditions, and understands the importance of creating a theme to match your wedding day vision.

Your wedding day theme should reflect your personality, values and traditions. Let our licensed wedding planner and wedding day team members work their magic to bring your wedding theme to life. From fairy tale to holiday themes, we know it’s the little things that make a big impact.

With Weddings in the Bahamas as your wedding planner partner, you’ll enjoy the freedom to be expressive. Our connections provide us with the ability to rent horse drawn carriages or a team of limousines, hire rock bands or full orchestras, and book special entertainers like fire dancers or magicians.

Are you a nature lover? A football fan? Maybe you collect seashells or hot pink is your favorite color. We start by getting to know who you are and then discuss how to best reflect it in everything from floral arrangements to party favors. Your theme doesn’t have to match what’s trendy today – it could be based on something like your favorite flower or the style of your wedding dress.

At the heart of every wedding theme is romance. We’ll help you inject romance and love into all the big (and little) details. Our goal is to make every wedding (regardless of the theme) touch the couple’s hearts and those who share the special day with them.

Where you want to take your vows in the Bahamas can also reflect your theme. You have so many choices like in a lush private garden, in a small chapel, at an historic cathedral, on a pier that extends over the water, under a gazebo, on the grounds of an abandoned military fort, under tiki huts, in front of ruins from a 14th century monastery, on a balcony overlooking the ocean, in front of fountains and cascading waterfalls, aboard a yacht, or in a private ballroom.

Take a peek at our Wedding Photo Gallery to see how we help couples bring their wedding theme to life. As a professional wedding planner with over 20 years of experience, Anne Marie Williams has the skills it takes to design a theme wedding that creates big memories. Call us toll free at 1-877-232-5854.

How Little Touches Can Make Big Impressions at Your Wedding

The joining of two families through marriage is an important event in every culture. At Weddings in the Bahamas, we understand the importance of cultural, religious and family traditions, and encourage couples to express them in very memorable ways.

Adding Religious Observances

A destination wedding in the Bahamas does not mean you have to abandon your vision of a traditional religious ceremony. Weddings in the Bahamas can help you arrange your ceremony at one of several local churches including an historic church in Nassau that was originally built in the Gothic style in 1670.

For many couples, adding customary religious traditions helps to capture and honor the symbolism of their union in front of family and friends. This might include a blessing of the rings, lighting of a unity candle, performing a symbolic baraat, conducting a coin ceremony, or singing a hymn.

Including Cultural Customs

Honoring cultural heritages during your wedding ceremony is a wonderful way to show your respect and devotion to each person’s family ancestry. Colors and food that represent your culture can easily be added to décor and menus. Music can also be another important cultural addition to your special day.

Weddings in the Bahamas can advise you on how to adapt the ceremony to include cultural elements that reflect any unique custom or heritage.

Honoring Family Traditions

Including family traditions or family heirlooms in your ceremony is a beautiful way to honor those who shaped your destiny. When you work with a licensed wedding planner at Weddings in the Bahamas, they’ll ask you questions about your family and help you design opportunities to incorporate treasured items or people in your special day.

From wearing your grandmother’s heirloom locket, outfitting groomsmen in kilts, or helping you pick a song for the father daughter dance, we’ll make sure to capture the spirit and memories of those who are not able to witness your union and those who are present.

The Bahamas is a culturally diverse island nation. Give us a call, toll free, at 1-877-232-5854 to discuss your Bahama wedding ritual today.

Bahama-Friendly Fashion Trends for Weddings in the Bahamas

Unlike traditional weddings that take place indoors, your wedding in the Bahamas might include a little bit of sun, sand, wind and water. For this reason, it’s important to choose attire that is appropriate for the tropical climate in the Caribbean.

You might think hosting your wedding in the Bahamas ceremony or reception in an air-conditioned venue avoids issues with the weather, but you can’t be certain. In fact, it’s likely you will want to take some wedding photos outdoors as the natural beauty of the Bahamas produces some gorgeous backdrops.

Have no fear, our licensed wedding specialist, Anne Marie Williams, has some tips to help you and your guests brave the heat and stay looking great:

Dress in light fabrics and simple summer styles

For brides, consider a summer wedding dress style. Even if your wedding will be held during the winter months, temperatures in the Bahamas rarely go below 80° during the day. Strapless, sleeveless, and short dresses are very appropriate. Also, leave your nylons or stockings at home. And while synthetic blends or polyester may seem like a lovely fabric choice (and be more affordable), neither fabric breathes easily, and you may find certain non-natural fabrics can make you overheat (not a risk you want to take to save a few bucks on your special day).

Wedding attire made from thin fabrics, cool cottons and light-colored linen are best when the sun is out. If possible, avoid suits and dresses that are lined in synthetic materials too.

“One way to check if the fabric will be ideal outdoors is to dab a wet fingertip on it, preferably along the hem, to see whether the wet spot disappears quickly or turns the fabric dark and lingers,” said Anne Marie.

Wear “easy off” shoes or sandals

Working with Weddings in the Bahamas, we’ll tell you whether your walk down the aisle involves a wood plank pier, soft sand, uneven pavement (like crushed shells) or grass. In any case, shoes with no clasps, thick heels or flat bottoms are best. Luckily there are some very cute formal sandal options now. But if your heart is set on strappy heels, be prepared to either kick them off or be mindful walking in those narrow heels as they pierce down into grass and sand, get caught between wooden planks, and can easily cause you to trip.

“For men, I usually recommend they avoid wearing long socks, if possible, as they will want to take off their socks and shoes during photos on the beach,” said Anne Marie. “This is also why I recommend women leave pantyhose at home too.”

Ditch hats and lose the veil

Many guests may want to wear a hat to cover their face from the sun, but Anne Marie discourages hats at weddings for the wedding party. Hats cover faces and cast dark shadows in photos. Plus, group shots of people in hats cause all sorts of issues.

“I don’t recommend brides wear long veils in the Bahamas as there is always a gentle breeze and a veil will turn into a wild kite at the exact moment you want it to behave,” said Anne Marie. “Other headdress options better suited for the Bahamas are tiaras, jeweled pins or clips, and floral headpieces.”

Take a look at our gallery of photos from past weddings for ideas on Bahamian-friendly wedding attire. Share the link with your friends and family so they can avoid problematic outfits too.

Need a second pair of eyes to help you choose the right dress or wedding party attire for your upcoming ceremony in the Bahamas? Contact Weddings in the Bahamas toll free at 1-877-232-5854.