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Please help me with my destination wedding location! :)

Please help me with my destination wedding location! :)

Old Nov 21st, 2008, 03:09 PM
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Please help me with my destination wedding location! :)

Well, we are in the very initial stages of planning and the first thing on our list to cross off is LOCATION! I am trying to research which Caribbean island has the least amount of wind and also the least humid(if this is something that varies among the islands)? Also, what time of year would be the best at such particular location? We are not narrowed down to any particular time frame. The only must-haves are:

-not too much wind (we've been to Aruba and loved it, but FAR too windy for wedding location)
-beautiful beach (this is definitely where ceremony would be taking place)
-decent nightlife (clubs/bars/maybe a couple casinos)

I think that is about it. We are not worried about any legal details, we are taking care of that stateside, so the trip would just be focused on the ceremony.

THANKS in advance...I've been reading all kinds of other extremely helpful post answers on here, you guys are great!
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Old Nov 21st, 2008, 04:30 PM
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first of all congratulations! to me beautiful beaches and casinos means antigua. there are 365 beaches. wedding info, et al on this site.
http://www.antigua-barbuda.org/index.htm
i've been to a couple destination weddings. it's a wonderful experience. you'll find almost all resorts have a wedding planner. also independent co-ordinators on most islands, as this has become popular.

i really don't know about wind/humidity. use this page. enter anu for location and any dates you're considering. the new page will have avg wind/humidity statistics. http://www.wunderground.com/tripplanner/index.asp

for extra entertainment you or others can go over to barbuda on a fast ferry (90mins).

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Old Nov 22nd, 2008, 07:24 AM
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We have seen some beautiful weddings at Barcelo Maya Palace on the Mayan Riviera. Look at the unofficialbarcelo.com website.

However, for the most dramatic setting in all of the Caribbean, it would have to be the wedding site at the Jalousie Plantation on St. Lucia. Words cannot describe nor can pictures do justice to the Pitons.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2008, 02:34 PM
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Thank you very much for the weather site, virginia! It is extremely helpful.

Antigua IS beautiful & may just be the spot We've still got a little while to decide, but because of the $$$ factor, we are wanting to give guests plenty of advance notice.

I am thinking if we do pick Antigua, we would go with Sandals...it looks amazing! Although, I have read some negative reviews on here about it, so I will def continue researching...

thanks again.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2008, 06:18 PM
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Hi, Karen--

First of all, congrats on your forthcoming nuptials. I was also married in the Caribbean (incidentally on Antigua) and it was great for us. I didn't want to have be involved in any decision making--the hotel planned it all after asking me a few important questions about my preferences. I just wanted to be able to concentrate on my family and friends who were with us instead of worrying about what my flowers looked like or fussing about the food, photographer, music, my hair, etc.

Sandals may be a good fit for you, but I should warn you that on many travel boards the opinion wildly diverges. Some of us think Sandals resorts are the best thing since sliced bread, others of us think that the Sandals chain is a total joke. Only you can say whether they'll be a good fit for you. But be sure to do your research before committing to *any* location--and know what you want and prioritize those things. If you plan to use a travel agent, be wary of any you might use who will prioritize certain places for you to stay based on their kickbacks from the resorts, not necessarily based on what you want.

On a completely objective note, Sandals resorts are for couples only, so if you have any single friends or relatives who would attend your wedding, they would not be able to stay at the resort. (They could attend the ceremony, though.)

If you have any questions specific to getting married in Antigua and what is involved, I'd be happy to answer them.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2008, 02:07 PM
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Take a look at Galley Bay on Antigua. Beautiful setting, you didn't say where you are coming from but it's an easy direct flight from Newark. Also, if GB is too pricey for some guests, there are two more reasonably priced resorts right nearby (one of them is Hawksbill, right next door). I think May would be a great time for a Caribbean wedding as the rates have dropped by that time but it is not yet hurricane season. There's not much nightlife at Galley Bay but I am sure this can be found downtown in St. John's. FYI, Turks & Caicos was the windiest place we've ever been, even more so than Aruba, we watched a wedding and the bride's veil flew off!
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Considering Breezes CURACAO?
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Old Jul 13th, 2010, 11:59 PM
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This thread is 2 years old. I'm sure the OP made a decision and has already been somewhere.
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