THE BAHAMAS OUT ISLANDS
Weddings in Paradise
By Liz Scull
With more than 700 islands and cays, reefs, beaches, parks, botanical gardens and churches, The Bahamas offers endless options for your wedding away. Picture sapphire-blue skies, turquoise water, pure white or pink-sand beaches and the beautiful, warm people are the perfect setting for your destination wedding. So what else could you be looking for? How about the uniqueness and seclusion of The Out Islands of The Bahamas to truly make it your own?
Capture the magic of Bimini in a wedding ceremony that will leave you with memories you wouldn’t make in any other place. Whether you prefer to go with a traditional wedding in a quaint church or on the beach with your toes in the sand, either will provide amazing back drops on the island of Bimini. Choose from a stunning collection of seaside locations to find the ideal beach location that best suits your wedding theme. Whether it’s a small and intimate or big and lavish gathering – Bimini brings to life incredible destination wedding dreams.
The Abacos are a group of islands and cays that form a 120-mile long chain stretching over 650 square miles. It’s best known as one of the world’s top boating and sailing destinations, but they are also known for their spectacular wedding locations. Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco serve as the ‘mainland’. Marsh Harbor is the lively downtown area, Treasure Cay boasts miles of pristine beach, including one of the top 10 beach in the world. Elbow Cay and Green Turtle Cay are old English loyalist settlements where you will find beautiful preserved colonial architecture with a touch of Bahamian pastels.
You will not find a more perfect place than Exuma for your wedding. Miles of gorgeous beaches offer picture-postcard shots with turquoise waters reaching over the horizon behind you. Numerous cays, charming churches and cultural sites provide endless possibilities for couples – all tailored exactly how you want it. One must-see, must-do while in Exuma is swimming with the pigs, an experience that one will not soon forget.
Intimate, naturally beautiful, and secluded pink-sand beaches – sound great for a destination wedding? Then Eleuthera is the island for your nuptials. Its’ an island of casual sophistication, well-developed resorts, rocky bluffs and massive coral reefs that make it ideal for photo opportunities. It was ranked once as “The Best Island in the Caribbean” by Travel & Leisure magazine and at one time was the capital of The Bahamas.
Breathtaking cliffs, brilliant coral reefs and serene beaches – Long Island is home to it all. Dramatic cliffs tower over the eastern shore while the island’s western shore is a bit more tranquil. Wedding couples will find soft pink-and-white sad beaches that gradually slip into peaceful turquoise waters. Long Island is also home to “Dean’s Blue Hole”, the deepest blue hole in the world.