Even though you may choose to have your wedding on either side of the island, visitors can so easily pass over the St. Martin/St. Maarten border that they can still spend wedding down time exploring the entirety of the island without hassle. Keep in mind that in order for your marriage license to be valid, however, you must marry on the side of the island from which your license comes from.
A challenge frequently faced by couples planning a St. Martin/St. Maarten wedding is selecting a wedding location without having the opportunity to experience the area before you book it. For that reason, many couples opt to recruit the help of an event coordinator to be their eyes and ears on the island. If you decide to do all the organizing yourself, deciding the type of wedding you would like to have will narrow down your possibilities drastically, helping to make the whole process a little less complex.
Many people choose to marry in St. Maarten because the residency requirement is lesser than St. Martin. However, if time permits, exploring both sides of the island has its merits when choosing where to host your wedding.
St. Martin is the French side of the island, and is known to be quiet and calm, with no casinos, minimal nightlife, and small hotels. Couples who crave intimacy and romance at their wedding ceremony, will find that St. Martin is much more their style.
The Dutch side of the island is St. Maarten where there is a more prominent nightlife, bigger hotels, casinos, and traffic. What this translates to is that St. Maarten is well equipped to give your wedding a more boisterous, energetic, party atmosphere - if that is what you crave.
When you decide to hold your wedding in St. Martin/St. Maarten, the next step is to choose the type of celebration that you'd like to host. Even though the most common type of wedding planned by foreigners in the Caribbean is a beach ceremony, this is not the only alternative to choose from.
More traditional weddings are typically held within a religious establishment, with friends and family gathered to witness two individuals being joined in matrimony. As soon as the vows are said, the wedding party and their guests typically head to a dining or banquet hall to further celebrate together. Your wedding planner can help you to find a church, cathedral or synagogue that accommodates your beliefs and intentions.
It's not surprising that the most common outdoor weddings are those celebrated on the Beachesbeach. There is no doubt that a wedding ceremony performed on the coast is a beautiful event. The ocean breezes, calm waves and fine sand offer such an idyllic backdrop that few decorations are necessary. They are also very easy to arrange, and smaller weddings may not need permits. For further details, visit our guide to Beaches in St. Martin.
Besides ocean front venues other options are available if you dream of getting married outdoors. Various resorts offer villas with views of the sea, mountains, and tropical vegetation. Getting married in a garden is another possibility. If you're looking for something especially distinctive and breathtaking, consider arranging a wedding at the Butterfly Farm in St. Martin or Pic Paradis in St. Maarten.
|Butterfly Farm||St. Martin||599-544-3562|
|Lucky Stables||St. Maarten||599-544-5255|
|Pic Paradis||St. Maarten||N/A|
St. Martin/St. Maarten is one of the top yachting destinations in the Caribbean, and provides an ideal wedding destination for couples looking to get married at sea. Travelers will find that the Caribbean Sea provides some of the most crystal clear, serene waters, and incredible views. You could choose to get married on board a major cruise line that makes a stop in St. Martin/St. Maarten, or reserve a chartered vessel for a few hours or a whole day and hold the reception on board. Visit our guide to Sailing in St. Martin for more details.
Whether you're looking for a casual ceremony or an upscale affair, couples can tailor their St. Martin/St. Maarten wedding to suit their itetions. Although Caribbean weddings are commonly thought of as laid-back occasions, you can make your wedding more elegant with formal wear and place settings. Likewise, dressing down a typically formal event such as a church wedding by having simple decorations and allowing your wedding party to dress casually often occurs.
Investing in a wedding package at a St. Martin/St. Maarten resort is a simple way to organize your big day, because virtually everything is covered for you. Most packages include the following:
Optional add-ins might include:
Costs for wedding packages at resorts in St. Martin/St. Maarten typically begin at around $1500(USD) and go up from there, based on add-ons and number of guests.
|Divi Little Bay Resort||St. Maarten||599-542-2333|
|Flamingo Beach Resort||St. Maarten||599-544-3900 800-438-2929|
|La Samanna Luxury Resort and Spa||St. Martin||59-059-087-6400 800-957-6128|
|Mary's Boon||St. Maarten||599-545-7000|
|Oyster Bay Beach Resort||St. Maarten||599-543-6040|
|Pelican Resort Club||St. Maarten||888-721-4407|
|Radisson St. Martin Resort Marina and Spa||St. Martin||59-059-087-6700 800-333-3333|
|Sonesto Maho Beach Resort||St. Maarten||599-545-2115 800-SONESTA|
|The Cliffs||St. Maarten||599-546-6633 866-978-5839|
|Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa||St. Maarten||599-543-6700|
Whether you dream of having an extravagant affair in a traditional venue, or an intimate exchange of vows on the beach, enjoying your wedding in St. Martin/St. Maarten will be an experience to remember for the rest of your life.
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