World Wide Wed – Weddings in Paradise: Part One

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You said ‘Yes’ and now you are in a euphoric bubble (which is pretty much impossible to burst)…and one of the first exciting things to decide as a newly engaged couple is where to get married!

For some, getting married abroad in the sunshine is the ultimate dream. Soft spongy white warm sand between your toes, the sound of the calm waters of the turquoise-blue crystal clear ocean perfectly setting the scene, with the gentle breeze and rays of the sunshine warming the back of your neck. Delish.

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Given the recent hail, wind and rain parts of the UK have been experiencing, I thought it would be a welcomed change to focus the next few posts on some beautiful destinations that might inspire you to get married in the sunshine. This will be a special series of posts, featuring real weddings, advice and experience from other couples recently married or currently planning their weddings abroad and a chance to get inspired by some truly beautiful parts of the world to get married in (or to honeymoon or for a future holiday!) Stay tuned over the coming weeks and enjoy!

Up first: A touch of the Caribbean (Bahamas and Barbados to be precise)

Image Copyright: David H Photography: Governors Harbour: Eleuthera, Bahamas

Image copyright: David H Photography  Nassau, Bahamas

Bottom Bay, South Coast: Barbados

Now maybe I am biased because I have Caribbean blood in me, but I absolutely adore the Caribbean and my fiance and I did seriously consider getting married out there – but in the end decided on a UK wedding…..(too late now!)

Here are some useful things to consider when getting married abroad:

* Wedding dress: Size, style and material! – If you are having a beach wedding –  is the large princess type  meringue dress that you have always dreamed of going to be the most sensible option? No-one wants sweat dripping down their legs at the best of times, but let alone in the middle of a beach ceremony! You can get away with that amount of sweat in a Bikram yoga class, but not on your wedding day. So perhaps consider a lighter fabric. :o)  Also if you are buying your dress in the UK think about how you will transport it. Some airlines offer wedding boxes to transport them in.

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* The expense for your guests –  if you want a decent amount of family and friends to attend – be kind to your guests and give them as much notice as possible so they can save and take advantage of any advance flight / holiday sales.

* Communication between your wedding co-ordinator may not be as ‘quick and efficient’ to what you are used to in the UK.

* Legalities  – Find out all the legal loopholes way in advance to ensure that you have ample time to fly out in advance of your wedding to obtain and sign relevant paper work: for example you have to apply for an application to be married in Barbados and this can be done a few days before the wedding date.

* Time of year – find out when rainy or hurricane season is and avoid it! Usually from June to beginning of November in parts of the Caribbean –  check before you book anything.

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Image Source: Treasure Beach Hotel: candlelight Dinner | Paynes Bay, St James, Barbados

Guest couple; Sinead and Barry have decided to get married on the island of Barbados with an intimate beach ceremony later this year and so far the planing process has been hassle free:

Nu Bride: Do you have a wedding planner or have you decided to plan your own wedding?

S&B: We are planning our own, but the package comes with a wedding co-ordinator.

Nu Bride: What are some of the pressures they take away?

S&B: If you get a wedding package with the hotel it’s mostly all sorted for you. We have got a basic package which includes things like: marriage license and registration / priest / wedding cake /  brides bouquet and grooms button holes etc and then you can buy add on’s if you want to.

Nu Bride: How did you pick your wedding destination?

S&B: We have been to Barbados before and both like it and I had been previously with my sisters and attended 3 weddings!!!

Image Copyright: David H Photography : Governors Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas 

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Nu Bride: What was important about choosing a venue abroad when you are not able to view it in person?
I found this hard but in the end we went for a really nice hotel and are hoping for the best. But a beach wedding in Barbados with the beautiful surroundings – you can’t really go wrong
Nu Bride: I would hope not!!!
Nu Bride: Have you had any wedding dress logistics issues?
S&B: I have contacted virgin about this as I have a full skirt and it will not fit in the bridal boxes that they sell – this one  measures – 35 x 55 x 20cms deep – I’ll just about get my shoes and bits in it!!
Nu Bride: How did you tackle the guest list?
S&B: We asked everyone – as we know only those close to us would want to shell out the expense to attend, whereas for us we feel like if  we were to have a UK wedding we would have to invite all and sundry.

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7 Responses to “World Wide Wed – Weddings in Paradise: Part One”

  1. Natalie B
    April 21, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Oh my goodness. I would so love to get married in the Caribbean it is completely stunning and even the most basic wedding would be top notch there. We nearly did get married in the Caribbean last year, but we found out I was pregnant with our son (oops), so we had to push it to the back burner. Looks certain we’ll be getting wed in the UK now, but def need to go on a holiday there soon…..

    Gorgeous photos x

    • Nu Bride
      April 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      Thank you Natalie. Some of these pictures were taken by my beloved.
      The Caribbean is truly beautiful isn’t it and certainly not a bad choice for a holiday, honeymoon or a destination to renew your vows too! 😉

  2. eighttreestreet
    April 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I so love the simplicity and lovely setting for a beach wedding. The aisle decorations are lovely.

    • Nu Bride
      April 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

      So do I. Pure unspoilt beauty. Thank you for reading. 🙂


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