#BRIDALBLOGATHON: TOP TIPS FOR A CARIBBEAN WEDDING
Over the past four weeks I’ve been sharing my experiences in Antigua & Barbados on the Elite Island Resorts & Kuoni bridal blogathon. If you’ve missed the story so far, catch up on what the bridal blogathon is all about here, see the beautiful weddings I witnessed in Antigua here, and discover the beauty of Barbados here. Whilst absorbing all that Barbados has to give, sunshine, cocktails, warm turquoise sea, I also had the pleasure of asking Paulette Ifill from The Club Barbados a few questions about getting married in Barbados.
How far in advance do we need to reserve our wedding? We don’t have restrictions as to how far in advance one can book for a wedding., but the sooner the better especially if you would like to book the resort for exclusive hire.
Do you offer packages or is everything custom? We offer a range of packages that are based on the category of room you book which you can then customise with everything from florists and hair & makeup to additional spa treatments, tours and cocktail parties – whatever you like!
How flexible are you when it comes to customising the menu, music, flowers etc? I am very flexible, because this can be done in a day – sometimes even on a rare occasion hours before the actual wedding!
How many meetings will we have before the wedding day? There are 3 meetings before the wedding day. One with the priest, one with the legal clerk at the ministry of home affairs, and one with the wedding coordinator. These happen when you arrive at the resort.
What are the legal requirements to get married? It is very easy to get married in Barbados as there is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay. Application for a marriage license must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs in the capital city Bridgetown. You will require:
- Valid passports or birth certificates.
- Return tickets.
- If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgment.
- If either party was previously married and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse.
- For a Roman Catholic ceremony, your Bishop must send the relevant documents to the Bishop of Bridgetown.
- Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
Will you be able to guide us through the process? Yes you will be guided through the complete procedure by our team to make the process as stress-free as possible
What are your top tips for couples thinking of getting married in the Caribbean?
- It’s very important to come with all original documents (especially final decree).
- Have some trust in the wedding co-ordinator. She’s done tons of weddings before.
- With big groups (over 20) its best to have a private function. That way even though it’s a resort, you will feel as if its just you and your guests
- Bare feet or flats on the sand are always better then heels!
A huge thank you to Elite Island Resorts & Kuoni, St James Club, Galley Bay and The Veranda in Antigua and The Club Barbados for hosting this amazing trip and for inviting BLOVED along on the journey! Remember you can follow the journey’s of our fellow wedding bloggers in Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia on twitter using #bridalblogathon, or pop over to our friends at Bridal Musings, Boho Weddings and Want That Wedding to read their stories!