SAYING ‘I DO’ in BARBADOS
by Liz Scull
Barbados has mastered the art of fine living with a vibrant culture passionate in spirit and full of life. It’s a place where refined luxury and exceptional culinary delights dance and mingle among lush tropical greenery, turquoise blue waters and warm, golden sun. So what better way to start off a new journey in life then to get married in a place that celebrates life so vividly?
Barbados has established its own distinct identity with English, African and West Indian roots shown in its customs, traditions, values and passionately expressed through rich history, exceptional cuisine and the artistic talents of its people. I guess you could say that Barbados has it all.
For those planning a wedding in Barbados, it’s easy. No advance notice is required, so you can say “I Do” on the day of your arrival if you want, as the law allows an official marriage ceremony to take place as soon as a license is obtained. This is a good option for couples doing a cruise and would like to hop off, get married and then get back on the ship to continue on with their cruise.
The country itself is stunning. Barbados offers 60 palm-lined beaches spread over 70 square miles and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year! One of the most popular beaches with wedding couples is Crane Beach, which has consistently been recognized as 1 of the top 10 beaches in the world. The resorts range from moderate to grand in luxury and can fit any couple’s budget and needs.
If a beach wedding is what you are looking for but want something a little more intimate and secluded, perhaps a Villa might be the ideal choice. Barbados has many outstanding villas and this offers the opportunity for couples to celebrate their special day at a home away from home.
And if you want off the resort to get married and looking for something different, the island offers a number of unique wedding locations.
For religious ceremonies, the island has a number of majestic parish churches and is home to the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. For history lovers, how about reciting your vows in a sugar mill, in the shadow of a Light House, among the cannons of an old fort or at a plantation home surrounded by sugar cane fields?
The choices are endless when it comes to getting married in Barbados.
Already married and looking for a honeymoon destination? Barbados is a honeymooner’s haven. Imagine, it’s your first time away as a married couple and just the beginning of what is destined to be an enduring adventure. Add in a backdrop of sugar white sand, turquoise waters, lush scenery and the warm ocean breeze, then mix in a little Caribbean rhythm and viola, the perfect honeymoon getaway filled with memories that will last a lifetime.