If you have always dreamed of getting married on a sandy stretch of beach in Barbados, but never believed it was plausible, think again. A bit of investigation and a lot of mindful planning can enable you to experience the tropical wedding you have always dreamed of.
The fantasy setting, built-in honeymoon location, and mild weather year-round are only a few of the reasons that so many people choose to plan their big day in Barbados.
Arranging a wedding can be demanding, especially one in which you have to make all of your plans strictly over the phone or via e-mail. However, for so many couples, the positive aspects outweigh the negatives. Even so, a Caribbean wedding is not the best choice for everyone. The following collection of pros and cons will allow you to determine if having a wedding in Barbados is really for you.
A wedding in Barbados appeals to the five senses. What could be better than hearing the ocean lap against the shore as you smell the salty sea air, feel the sand beneath your feet, and view the breath-taking tropical scenery as you say your vows? Perhaps the traditional Barbudan food you might taste later at your reception. If catering to your senses doesn't entice you, think about how much fun your family, friends, and you will have during wedding down time. There are more than 25 attractions worth visiting within a half a mile of the capitol city of Bridgetown alone. Bridgetown is also great for duty free shopping, and the 70 square miles of beaches that edge the island means that a relaxing day basking in the sun and participating in water sports is always a possibility.
Across the Caribbean, one of the most commonly seen traditions is the use of a spiced fruit cake soaked in rum as the cake of choice for the wedding. This is true of Barbados as well, but instead of only serving up cake at the reception, each guest is presented with a piece of the cake to take home with them. The cake will usually be contained in a small cardboard box and set on the table as part of the guests place settings. A small bag of sugar almonds is a customary wedding favor in Barbados, as well.
From locations to themes - there are numerous ways to host a wedding ceremony in Barbados. However you set up your own wedding, consider honoring your desire to host an island wedding by integrating a sand service into your ceremony. At a sand service, the bride and groom as each presented with a differently colored vial of sand. The officiant will speak of unity as the couple simultaneously pours their vials of sand into a glass or plastic container, allowing the two colors to mix together. This is symbolic of joining two lives to create one new one.
Although a destination wedding often carries a smaller price tag than an elaborate event hosted back home, you still need to take a dedicated amount of time to carefully create a budget. To make this happen, sit down with your fiancée and develop a summary of everything you imagine you'll be investing money in, based upon significance to you. Some typical ideas include the catering, location, professional photography, and attire, among many others. After a bit of quick investigation, allocate a price limitation to each item, then total it up. This will provide you with a general idea of how much you can expect to be spending. Remember that this total will probably change as you plan your big day, and the organized list of important items will assist you in knowing instantly what items you can cut back on and which items you can't live without.
In comparison to many other Caribbean nations, obtaining a marriage license in Barbados is quite simple. There are no waiting times, and no minimum stay requirements. You simply have to appear at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Bridgetown with your fiancée and the required documents and $113(USD), and apply. Necessary documents include certified copies of birth certificates, death certificates, divorce certificates, adoption papers, return plane tickets, and photo identification.
For many people, their wedding is the most significant event of their lives, and creating a destination wedding in Barbados may be an opportunity for you to make your wedding all the more special. A little planning will go a long way to creating a day you won't forget.
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