Wedding Locations and Venues in the Bahamas

When you plan a wedding in the Bahamas, the location and venue options are endless

A total of more than 700 islands means that there are a vast number of locations for you to plan your Bahamas wedding.  From a quiet beach side ceremony on one of the Out Islands to an extravagant affair in Nassau, if you dream it for your wedding day, it can become a reality in the Bahamas. 

One of the most challenging parts about planning a wedding in the Bahamas is finding a venue without having the chance to pay a visit to the area prior to booking it.  Because of this, many people decide to solicit the service of an event professional to handle every detail surrounding their wedding. Should you decide to do all the planning on your own, determining the style of wedding you want to have will assist you to reduce your possible choices drastically, helping to make the whole task a bit less complex.

Choosing an Island

Because there are over 700 islands in the Bahamas, the first step in deciding upon your wedding location is choosing an island.

New Providence Island

Maps

New Providence Island mixes modern cities with small settlements on an island that seems to have something for everyone.  Two thirds of the entire population of the Bahamas lives on this island, mostly in the city of Nassau.  Can't miss sites here are Fort Charlotte, Queen's Staircase, and the Versailles Garden and French Cloister.  Just over the bridge is Paradise Island, a resort area with renowned beaches.

Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama Island is the second most popularly visited of the Bahamas island chain.  Freeport is the largest city on the island, and is the hub of all things commercial.  Meanwhile, West End is a charming fishing village and East End is underdeveloped, comprised of small towns and villages.  Attractions on this island include Garden of the Groves, Grand Bahama Museum, Treasure Bay Casino, and Lacayan National Park.

Out Islands

The Out Islands (also known as the Family Islands) are a collection of the Bahamas smaller, much less populated islets.  These islands collectively are best for off-the-map destination weddings, where seclusion and quiet are key.  Eco-tourism plays a big part of what draws vacationers to these islands, with diving, snorkeling, fishing, climbing, and beach-going being the top activities

Types of Ceremonies

When it comes to your ceremony, your Bahamas wedding is only limited by your imagination. While the most commonly seen style of wedding planned by foreigners is a beach ceremony, this is not the only alternative to choose from.

Traditional Wedding

Many couples wish to host a traditional style of wedding, which usually occurs in a religious establishment.  Even in a tropical location like the Bahamas, brides can have all these dreams come true. Your event planner can aid you in finding a chapel or synagogue that falls in line with your beliefs.  Keep in mind that couples planning a Roman Catholic ceremony will be required to receive counseling from their own pastor over a period of six weeks before the wedding.  Your pastor must report this to the Chancery in Nassau before the ceremony can take place.

Places of Worship in the Bahamas
Venue Location Phone Number
Abundant Life Church Assembly of God Eight Mile Rock 242-348-3439
Bahamas Conference of Seventh Day Adventist
New Providence
 242-341-4021
Bahamas Regional National Church of God Freeport 242-352-4472
Bethel Baptist Church Pine Dale 242-348-3177
Caravel Zion Baptist Church Freeport 242-352-2496
Cavalry Temple Assembly of God Freeport 242-352-7578
Central Church of God Freeport 242-373-5355
Christ Temple Apostolic Pinder's Point N/A
Christ the King Anglican Church Freeport 242-352-5255
Christian Science Society Freeport 242-373-6976
Church of Ascension Freeport N/A
Church of God Hawksbill 242-352-2719
Church of the Good Shepard Pinder's Point 242-353-5656
Community Holiness Church Eight Mile Rock 242-348-2888
Exuma Church of Christ Exuma 242-345-0254
First Baptist Church Freeport 242-352-9224
Freeport Bible Church Freeport 242-352-6065
Freeport Gospel Chapel Freeport 242-373-5600
Freeport Hebrew Congregation Freeport 242-373-2008
Grand Bahama Christian Center Freeport 242-352-5055
Holy Trinity Church New Providence 242-322-6578
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses Long Island 242-253-8505
Lucaya Presbyterian Kirk Lucaya 242-373-2568
Lucayan Bible Church Lucaya 242-373-2173
Living Water Assembly of God Port Lacaya N/A
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church Freeport 242-373-3300
Mount Tabor Baptist Church New Providence N/A
New Covanent Baptist Church New Providence 242-393-3946
Our Savior Lutheran Church Freeport 242-373-3500
Seventh Day Adventist Church Eight Mile Rock 242-348-2024
St. Andrew's Methodist Church Hawksbill 242-348-2153
St. John's Native Baptist Church Freeport 242-352-2276
St. Jude's Anglican Church Smith's Point
 242-373-8720
St. Mary Magdalene West End 242-346-6221
St. Paul's Methodist Church Freeport 242-373-1888
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Hunter's 242-353-7986

You may also choose to celebrate with a more traditionally styled ceremony at a gallery, plantation house, or important historical site.

Traditional Venues in the Bahamas
Venue Location Phone Number
French Cloister Paradise Island  N/A

Outdoor Wedding

From the sandy shoreline and relaxing seas to towering palm trees and dainty shells, it's no wonder that the beach is the most popular destination for outdoor weddings in the Bahamas. It's obvious that a wedding near the beach is an exquisite affair. With plenty of natural elements surrounding your wedding, like fine sand and lush plants, you'll find that very few added adornments are needed. Seaside weddings are also very simple to organize, and smaller weddings may not require permits.  Visit our guide to Beaches in the Bahamas for a comprehensive overview of the islands' beaches.

Lovers who dream of an outdoor Bahamian wedding aren't limited strictly to beach ceremonies. A number of resorts have villas with views of shorelines, hills, and tropical flora. Exchanging vows in a botanical garden is an additional possibility.

Outdoor Wedding Venues in the Bahamas
Venues Location Phone Number
Ampi Theater at Different Abaco Nassau 242-366-2150
Botanical Gardens Nassau  242-356-6475
Exuma Cays Exuma N/A
Garden of the Groves Freeport  242-373-5668

Marriage at Sea

For couples that dream of spending their wedding day at sea, doing so in the Bahamas is one of the most stunning places around the world to so. Couples will discover that the Caribbean Sea delivers some of the most crystal clear, tranquil waters, and amazing views. You may decide to get married aboard a major cruise line that makes a stop in the Bahamas, or reserve a chartered vessel for a few hours. It's also possible to charter the boat for a complete day and hold the reception on the vessel as well.  Our guide to Sailing and Yachting in the Bahamas will give you an idea of what chartering services are available.

Casual vs. Formal

Any of these wedding possibilities can be as casual or as formal as you want them to be. Although Caribbean weddings are commonly regarded as laid-back events, you can dress your wedding up with formal wear and place settings. If you want to make a church ceremony more casual, consider asking for basic adornments and permitting your guests to dress in a relaxed fashion.

Resorts with Wedding Packages

A common option for couples setting up a Bahamian wedding is ordering a wedding and honey moon package at a large lodging facility. Nassau and Paradise Island are home to the larges concentration of all-inclusive resorts, but resorts can be found on the other islands as well.   Practically all of these establishments sell wedding packages.

Booking a wedding package at a Bahamian resort is a simple way to organize your big event, because essentially everything is prepared for you. Most packages consist of the following:

  • Personalized wedding consultant and planner
  • Wedding location
  • Reception venue
  • Officiant
  • Floral bouquet and boutonnière
  • Cake
  • Reception food and beverages
  • Photographer
  • Marriage certificate
  • Government fees


Optional add-ins may include:

  • Accommodations for the wedding party
  • Videography
  • Music and entertainment
  • Wedding mementos
  • Honeymoon package
  • Planned events and recreation for wedding party and guests

Most wedding packages at resorts in the Bahamas begin at around $1500(USD) and go up from there, depending upon add-ons and number of guests.

Resorts with Wedding Packages in the Bahamas
Resort Location Phone Number
British Colonial Hilton Nassau 242-322-3301
Comfort Suites Paradise Island Paradise Island 242-363-3680
Compass Point Resort Nassau 242-327-4500
Island Seas Resort Freeport 242-373-1271
Marley Resort and Spa Nassau 242-702-2800
Nassau Palm Hotel Nassau 242-356-0000
Ocean Reef Yacht Club and Resort Freeport 242-373-4661
Paradise Island Harbour Resort All-Inclusive Paradise Island 242-363-2561
Pelican Bay Hotel and Suites Freeport 242-373-9550
Radisson Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort Freeport 866-870-7148
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort Nassau 888-SANDALS
Sandyport Beaches Resort Nassau 242-327-2425
Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort Nassau 242-327-6000
Sunrise Beach Villas Nassau 242-363-2234
800-451-6078
Taino Beach Resort and Clubs Freeport 242-373-4682
888-311-7945
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Freeport 877-999-3223
Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino Nassau 877-999-3223

Whether you opt to have an extravagant affair in a customary venue, or a romantic exchange of vows on the seaside, having your wedding in the Bahamas will be an unforgettable experience.

 

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