Old Fort Bay Club Weddings by Weddings in the Bahamas

Host your destination wedding at Old Fort Bay Club, a private waterfront community on New Providence Island that sits atop historic land and encapsulates the spirit of Old Bahamas with 100-year-old gardens and trees, vintage décor, and the rustic architectural charms of a former military fort.

Read our post on Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner for your destination wedding.

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Built to fend off invading pirates, an amazing historic military installation stood on the property for 200 years. It was partially demolished in 1897, and a few remaining walls, walkways and a cannon remain. The property is now home to Old Fort Bay Club, a private social club that embraces the historic character of the former military fort. It is a one-of-a-kind venue nestled between a pristine beach and deep bay lagoon lending to a dramatic picturesque backdrop for your special day.

The Old Fort Bay Club property offers several locations for your wedding vows including a beach, a garden lawn, a treetop terrace, a garden terrace, and the paradise pavilion. Parties of up to 650 can be accommodated. Weddings in the Bahamas is familiar with the property and can help you chose the right setting based on your wedding day vision.

Working with Weddings in the Bahamas, we stage your ceremony with arbors, floral arrangements, and chairs and will help you select all the other special touches including music, an officiant and the transportation. Host your wedding reception at the club and you will enjoy fresh seafood, meat and vegetable dishes prepared by highly trained chefs. Explore our wedding packages for your Old Fort Bay Club wedding.

Wedding photographers (and guests) love Old Fort Bay Club because of its visual biodiversity. There are many natural elements on the property that provide amazing settings and backdrops including colorful staircases with wrought iron gates, mature palm trees, lush tropical vegetation and climbing flowering vines, white-washed beaches, ornamental tile entries, vintage archways, eclectic décor, garden lighting, and an expansive open greenspace with a tranquil labyrinth.

Because it’s a private club, this venue is a popular choice for couples who want to enjoy a secluded ceremony experience. Limited access means it is very peaceful and you don’t have to worry about crowds or intrusive noises from the public. Weddings in the Bahamas recommends planning early in order to secure a date and preferred wedding site at Old Fort Bay Club.

While Old Fort Bay Club does not have individual guest accommodations (hotel), there are staging rooms for the bridal party to get ready. The club is about a 45-minute drive from Atlantis, 40-minute drive from the cruise port, and 25-minute drive from Baha Mar. Weddings in the Bahamas will organize transportation for your entire party.

Working with Weddings in the Bahamas, we can help you apply for and obtain a marriage license, and book other necessary wedding services such as hair, nails, makeup, flowers, tux rentals, officiant, transportation, and photographer or videographer.

Contact Weddings in the Bahamas to discuss your wedding dreams at Old Fort Bay Club at toll free at 1-877-232-5854 or email.

Navigating Bahamas Travel Health Protocols in 2022

(Current as of April 12, 2022) – As travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic begin to soften around the world, you might be concerned that a destination wedding in a foreign country might create more complications than it’s worth for you and your wedding party.

Keeping up with the requirements as they change week-to-week may seem overwhelming in addition to planning your dream wedding. But have no fear! Weddings in the Bahamas has been helping couples fulfill their dream weddings in the Bahamas during every phase of the travel health restrictions, so we understand how to make the process flow without glitches.

Step 1: Register for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa

As a Weddings in the Bahamas client, we will help you create a schedule to meet all travel health visa paperwork and testing deadlines. This information can be shared with your guests too as they will also be required to set up your travel health visa account. Most applications take between 24-36 hours to process and cost $40 for North American travelers and $50 for international travelers so it’s important to remind your guests that their accounts should be setup at least two weeks before your Wedding in the Bahamas date. Your Bahamas health visa purchase includes trip insurance coverage to cover the cost of possible quarantine or medical services as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the Bahamas.

Apply for your Bahamas Travel Health Visa HERE.

Step 2: Obtain a Pre-travel COVID-19 Test 

Regardless of your vaccine status, you will be required to upload into your travel health visa account proof of a negative result from  a COVID-19 RT-PCR Test that was taken within 72 hours of your travel date. This often comes in the form of an email or letter from the test provider (e.g., pharmacist or physician).

Not sure which test is accepted for entry and exit? Weddings in the Bahamas can help you identify qualified test providers on both ends of your visit.

Step 3: Check Your Airline or Cruise Line Health Travel Requirements

In most cases, travelers will need to present a copy of their approved Bahamas Travel Health Visa to gate agents in order to board the plane or ship. For those who have obtained both doses of the vaccination, it is also likely that you will need to provide proof of vaccination. Be aware that your last dose must be received at least two weeks prior to travel in order to pass the two-week immunity period.

All travelers must present the final confirmation document of their Travel Health Visa application, along with their negative COVID-19 test results and proof of full vaccination (if applicable), upon boarding flights to The Bahamas and again upon arrival in The Bahamas.

Weddings in the Bahamas is familiar with the unique travel health requirements for most major airlines and cruise lines and will help you fulfill their requirements as well.

Step 4: Obtain a COVID-19 Test to Exit the Bahamas

All travelers will need to obtain a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than one day before traveling/returning to the United States. Weddings in the Bahamas will help you and your party schedule appointments and can arrange transportation to receive a test at a qualified testing site near your hotel. Most hotels provide free testing as a courtesy to guests. The negative test result must be shown to the travel carrier before you board your flight or cruise ship.

Please be aware that face masks are required in public places in the Bahamas. Failure to wear a mask in public may be subject to a fine of $250. The CDC and Bahamian Ministry of Health recommend vaccination to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 and its variants.

As your wedding planner, Weddings in the Bahamas wants to make your destination wedding in the Bahamas as stress-free as possible. We will work to help you and your guests find answers to questions about COVID-19 travel protocols or unique health situations. Hire us and discover the difference experience makes. Weddings in the Bahamas: toll free at 1-877-232-5854.