Whether set amid the beauty of a botanical garden, on a chartered yacht at sunset, or inside one of the island's numerous historical churches, your dream wedding in Barbados is easily brought to life. With virtually no legal restrictions on where a wedding on the island can be held, your options are wide open.
While planning a Barbados wedding, many couples struggle with choosing a venue without being able to check out the area prior to making reservations. Therefore, many people decide to solicit the service of an event planner to take care of every necessary element surrounding a wedding (to learn more about hiring a wedding planner, visit our guide to Budgeting and Planning your Barbados Wedding). If you prefer to do all the planning yourself, determining the type of wedding you would like to have will help narrow your possible choices significantly, making the whole process a bit less complex.
Even though the most commonly encountered style of a Caribbean wedding planned by travelers is a beach ceremony, this is not the only option to consider.
Many couples seek a traditional style of wedding, which primarily takes place in a religious establishment. Even in a tropical location like Barbados, engaged couples can organize a wedding that honors their faith. This is especially true of Barbados, where there are over 100 religious denominations that congregate on the island. Many of the churches here are over 100 years old, and hold a lot of history, making them an extra special place for you to say your vows. Your event planner can help you locate a church or temple that is appropriate for your beliefs.
|Christ Church Parish Church|| Christ Church
|Sharon Moravian Church|| St. Thomas
|St. James Parish Church|| St. James
|St. John Parish Church|| St. John
|St. Joseph Parish Church|| St. Joseph
|St. Lucy Parish Church|| St. Lucy
|St. Patrick's Cathedral||Bridgetown||246-436-9281
|St. Peter Parish Church|| St. Peter
|St. Philip Parish Church|| St. Philip
|St. Thomas Parish Church|| St. Thomas
|St. George Parish Church|| St. George
Alternatively, couples may choose to host a more traditionally designed ceremony at a gallery, plantation house, or important historical site.
|Bagatelle Great House||St. Thomas||246-421-6767|
|Barbados Museum and Historical Society||St. Michael||246-427-0201|
|Fisher Pond Great House||St. Thomas||246-433-1754|
|Gun Hill Signal Station|| St. George
|Sanbury Great House||St. Philip||246-423-6270|
|St. Nicholas Abbey|| St. Peter
|Tyrol Cot Heritage Village||Bridgetown||246-426-2421|
From relaxing landscapes and inviting seas to towering palm trees and delicate seashells, it's no wonder that the beach is the most popular destination for outdoor weddings. Weddings on or near a Barbados beach are always exquisite affairs. The ocean and fine sand offer such an ideal backdrop that few adornments are necessary. Additionally, weddings hosted on the beach are quite easy to plan, and smaller weddings may not necessitate permits. Three of the most popular beaches for weddings are Bottom Bay, Carlisle Bay, and Foul Bay, but dozens of others exist. For a comprehensive listing of beaches on the island, visit our guide to Barbados Beaches.
However, couples should keep in mind that beaches aren't the only locations available if you fantasize about getting married outdoors. Numerous resorts offer villas with views of seashores, mountain peaks, and tropical flora. Getting married in a botanical garden is another possibility. For something especially distinctive and spectacular, consider arranging a wedding in a mysterious underground cave.
|Andromeda Gardens|| St. Joseph
|Flower Forest|| St. Joseph
|Harrison's Cave|| St. Thomas
|Orchid World||St. George||246-433-0306|
| The Boatyard
| Tree Line Park
Couples that dream of getting married at sea find that doing so in Barbados is one of the most stunning places on earth. The Caribbean Sea boasts some of the most crystal clear, calm waters, with incredible views. You could arrange to get married on board a major cruise line that makes a stop in Barbados, or reserve a chartered vessel for a designated period of time. You may also book a boat for a full day and enjoy your reception on the boat as well. In Barbados, catamarans are the most widely available option. It is important to note that when you plan a wedding on a catamaran your guest list will be limited to 50 people or less in most cases. If the idea of a small, intimate affair appeals to you, chartering a catamaran for your big day may work for you.
|Jammin' Catamaran Cruises|| St. James
|Silver Moon Luxury Catamarans||St. Michael||246-438-2088|
|Tall Ships Cruises
Every couple has a unique view concerning how formal they would like their special day to be. Although island weddings are normally regarded as informal occasions, you can dress your wedding up with formal wear and elegant table settings. If you want to make a church ceremony more casual, consider asking whether casual attire is acceptable for guests.
A common choice for couples considering a wedding in Barbados is investing in a wedding and honeymoon package at a large hotel or resort. Booking a wedding package at these facilities is a hassle-free way to plan your big day, because virtually everything is included. Most packages are comprised of the following:
Optional bonuses may include:
Couples will find that most wedding packages at hotels and resorts in Barbados start at around $1500(USD) and increase from there, based upon add-ons and number of guests.
|Almond Beach Village||St. Peter||246-422-4900|
|Bougainvillea Beach Resort||Christ Church
|Escape Hotel and Spa||St. James||246-424-7571|
|Sandy Lane Golf and Spa Resort||St. James||246-444-2000|
|Silver Point Villa Hotel|| Christ Church
|Southern Palms Beach|| Christ Church
|Sweetfield Manor||St. Michael||246-429-8356|
|Time Out at the Gap||Christ Church||246-435-9473|
|Treasure Beach Hotel||St. James||246-419-4200|
From an extravagant affair in a conventional venue, to an intimate exchange of vows on the beach, having your wedding in Barbados will be a memorable experience. Barbados offers everything necessary to ensure a successful wedding.
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