Friday, May 20, 2011

How to Plan Your Bahamas Destination Wedding

Reposted from Fab Grand Bahama Event planner Marva Munroe's blog

"In this post, I will give you tips on planning your Bahamas Destination Wedding.

Staging a Destination Wedding

To ensure smooth staging of your Bahamas Destination Wedding, it is recommended that the services of a wedding planner be engaged. Average lead time for reserving your Destination Wedding is six months to a year. Spaces for your private event are air-conditioned indoors and outdoors and accommodate anywhere from 15 to 150 guests.

Decorative Enhancements

Most brides choose decorative enhancements to add ambience to their event and complement the natural beauty of the area … enhancements are available at a fee.

For beach wedding ceremonies, chuppahs, arches, floral pedestals are available at an additional cost. Chair ties, floral chair ends, shell aisles are offered too.

Time of Day for a Wedding

Most weddings take place in the early afternoon or evening depending on time of the year. Marriages must be performed before sunset in order to be legal. In summer or spring, this means a wedding will begin 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with four-hour reception dinner following; in winter typcal start tme is 4:00 pp.m. or 4:30 p.m.

The Cost of your Destination Wedding

Destination Weddings range in price, based on decor, food and beverage selections, photography, music. Consult your planner on this.

If bringing family and friends, group room rates are offered at most hotels. A down payment is required in order for a wedding date and block of rooms to be reserved. Payment schedule varies by establishment.

Destination Wedding Details

A minister of religion or justice of the peace performs a destination wedding. If you want a ceremony that honours a particular religion, this can be provided. And, should you wish to have a personal pastor, relative or friend perform your wedding ceremony, this may also be done. A Bahamian marriage officer, though, must be present to declare the marriage and have legal documents signed.

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  2. I thought a marriage is legal irrespective of whatever time you marry as long as the right procedure has been followed. Thanks for this insight I was not aware.