A destination wedding is an exciting—and trendy—idea but there are certainly a lot of questions about how to pull one off. Luckily, Nassau Paradise Island is not only home to stunning Bahamas wedding venues, there are plenty of event and wedding planning specialists to help make sure all of your wedding dreams come true. We reached out to some of them to get some of your questions answered so when it comes time to plan your wedding it will be as easy as a Bahamas breeze.
Q: What is a destination wedding?
Here’s our destination wedding definition: A destination wedding is a wedding held in a setting away from the place you call home. It’s an opportunity for a couple to celebrate their marriage in a stunning setting surrounded only by those closest to them. Not only that, a destination wedding provides a chance for a couple and their guests to spend time together on vacation, enjoying each other’s company and everything the destination has to offer.
Q: Are destination weddings expensive?
They don’t have to be! Talk to your desired venue about wedding packages. Often, if a minimum amount of rooms are occupied, a couple can receive substantial discounts—including a complimentary stay! Despite travel costs, the small size of a typical destination wedding cuts down on food and beverage costs, and with a breathtaking Bahamas beach as your backdrop, it’s easy to create a beautiful ceremony and reception atmosphere without spending much on décor.
Q: How do I get a marriage license for my destination wedding?
There are several requirements for obtaining a marriage license in The Bahamas. Same-day licenses can be issued however typically it takes two business days to get your marriage license once you’ve applied, so you’ll want to get that checked off your list shortly after you arrive. You cannot apply for a marriage license by mail and both parties must be in The Bahamas for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the date of the application. The cost of a marriage license in the Bahamas is $120. You’ll need a photo ID and proof you’ve been in the Bahamas at least a day, so make sure you bring your passport with you.