In the Bahamas, the something-blue element of your wedding is covered no matter which beach you choose. The sea surrounding each Bahamian island ranges from shades of powder blue to rich cobalt. This, plus white and rose hued beaches, make the Bahamas exceptionally romantic.
On Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, you can combine tranquility and excitement during your wedding. By day, hold your ceremony on one of the city's sandy, tropical beaches. Come nighttime, host your reception in the city center for a hearty barbecue and access to some of the liveliest bars in the Caribbean. If untouched islands are more your style, you can find that in the Bahamas, too. You can sail to an uninhabited island in the Exumas for a private ceremony. Or, opt for a fun-filled vow exchange at Perfect Day at CocoCay, where waterslides and floating cabanas await.
Grand Cayman is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean for beach destination weddings, and it's easy to see why. Sandy beaches, churches, historic buildings, botanical gardens and museums can all serve as places to mix and match your wedding ceremony and reception.
Because there are so many options when it comes to reputable wedding planners, vendors and venues, couples can save their energy for planning their honeymoon instead of worrying about wedding details. There are even options of having your honeymoon cruise added to your wedding registry. Some Grand Cayman wedding planners can organize an intimate beach wedding or vow renewal ceremony that takes place the day you arrive by cruise ship, complete with a wedding officiant, floral bouquets, food, and music.
Famous for its coral reefs and abundant marine life, Cozumel is an easy answer for couples in search of unique beach destination weddings. This tiny and largely undeveloped island moves at a slow pace, where venues range from large palace-style resorts capable of hosting over 200 guests to tranquil seaside gazebos that seat up to 80. If skies are blue, there's always the beach to get married on.
Once the big day is over, search for dolphins, reef sharks, stingrays and whale sharks in Cozumel's aquarium-clear waters. Weave around mangroves in a kayak or canoe. Or, step back into the island's past at San Gervasio, an archeological site that dates to 100 B.C.
Come to St. Thomas for striking views and quiet beaches. For a tranquil ceremony, wed on Lindquist Beach or the palm-lined point of Sapphire Beach. An array of restaurants and bars near Secret Harbour makes it easy to keep the party moving once the formalities are done.
St. Thomas is also one of the most inclusive spots for destination weddings in the entire Caribbean. As part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, same-sex marriage is legal in St. Thomas. U.S. guests won't need a passport to enter, making it accessible for travelers who might not have had a chance to apply for or renew their passport to attend.
St. Croix is a wedding destination for couples who have a penchant for unique soirees and beautiful settings. In 2010, a couple with a shared love of scuba diving set the (then) Guinness Book of World Records for the largest underwater wedding with over 100 attendees. Today, dive centers can arrange underwater weddings complete with a dive-certified officiant. There won't be a dry eye at your wedding, guaranteed.
Above land, St. Croix — the largest island in the U.S. Virgin Islands — sparkles. Ceremony venues range from sandy beaches to historic buildings to churches of varying denominations. A passport is not needed to travel here for U.S. citizens, and same-sex marriage is legal.