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Weddings and Honeymoons
Bermuda is a popular wedding destination because of its secluded pink beaches, easy access from the United States, well-established infrastructure, which includes English-speaking wedding personnel, and its remarkably high romance quotient (the island even has an honest-to-goodness Lovers Lane).
The Big Day
There’s a whole host of wedding planners ready and willing to do the hard work for you.
Bridal Suite. The knowledgeable wedding consultants at Bridal Suite will ably help you plan your Bermuda wedding. 441/292–2025. www.bridalsuitebermudaweddings.com.
Bermuda Bride (441/295–8697. www.bermudabride.com.)
Most larger resorts have their own wedding planners.
License. Couples must complete and send a Notice of Intended Marriage form to the Bermuda Registrar General (441/297–7709 www.registrygeneral.gov.bm) within three months of their intended wedding date. A fee of $300 (plus $30 for the certificate) must accompany the form. The Notice is then published in the local newspaper. There is a waiting period of 15 days, and if no formal objection is raised, the license will be issued. The license to marry is valid for three months from the date of issue.
The Perfect Backdrop. The obvious choice for a Bermuda destination wedding is right on the beach. Another popular choice is the sunset clifftop ceremony looking down over the turquoise water. Many hotels will set up gazebos on their beaches or in their gardens. You can also go for the more unusual grounds of historic properties like the World Heritage Centre in St. George’s or Fort Hamilton overlooking the capital city.
Dress. It’s your day and you can wear whatever you want. That said, most brides go for formal dresses rather than wedding gowns, and grooms like to go for linen pants and short-sleeved shirts. Similar smart-casual outfits are accepted for guests. Bare feet on the beach is a must.
Local Customs. Bermudians serve two wedding cakes; the groom's cake is plain, often a pound cake, and the multitier bride's cake is a dark fruitcake. Another tradition is for the bride and groom to walk hand-in-hand beneath a Bermuda moongate—an archway made of limestone and coral usually found at the entrance to gardens. It's said that all who do so are assured everlasting luck.
Many resorts offer honeymoon suites and special packages for newlyweds. Here are our top picks.
Rosewood Tucker’s Point. Bermuda’s newest resort’s rooms all have stunning views, but a beachside cottage is worth the splurge.
Cambridge Beaches. Sunsets, candlelit dinners, and beautiful scenery are all at this resort, which offers the ultimate pampering experience.
Elbow Beach. This cottage colony set in lush gardens welcomes its honeymooners with a bottle of bubbly. There are beautiful beachfront cottages, and the spa has couples treatment rooms.
The Reefs. This cliffside luxury resort has breathtaking views. You’ll get champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries on your arrival and you can book a gourmet dinner right on the beach.Updated: 03-2014
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