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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Abundant Life Church Assembly of God||Eight Mile Rock||242-348-3439|
|Bahamas Conference of Seventh Day Adventist
|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
|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.
|French Cloister||Paradise Island||N/A|
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.
|Ampi Theater at Different Abaco||Nassau||242-366-2150|
|Garden of the Groves||Freeport||242-373-5668|
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.
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.
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:
Optional add-ins may include:
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.
|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
|Taino Beach Resort and Clubs||Freeport||242-373-4682
|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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