The secret is out. Couples love getting married in St. Lucia. Indeed,
we are the marriage specialists. It must be something in the air or in
the water! In 2004, World Travel Awards chose St. Lucia as the World’s
Best Honeymoon destination and Modern Bride Magazine voted St. Lucia
one of its top ten honeymoon locations.
Whatever you desire, St. Lucia offers all sorts of wedding
possibilities. Thirty hotels on the island specialise in weddings and
encourage couples to stay on for their honeymoon.
Sandals with three hotels on the island, performs the greatest number
of visitor weddings in St. Lucia. There is such a demand for the
service that each hotel has at least one wedding coordinator who does
nothing else but arrange perfect ceremonies. This service is ideal for
couples who want to escape the stressful aspects of wedding planning.
The bride and groom can literally lie on the beach until their wedding
day. Formalities, flowers, photographer, music and reception are all
taken care of by the wedding coordinator.
Bay Gardens specialises in garden and poolside ceremonies, Le Sport
hotel makes the most of its spectacular architecture as a backdrop for
its clients’ weddings. Windjammer Landing makes every wedding special.
They do no more than two ceremonies each day. They want couples to
enjoy the exclusiveness of the occasion.
If you really want scenery, then there is Soufrière. The Pitons, one
of the new World Heritage Sites, is about the most dramatic backdrop to
any wedding photograph. That way everyone will know you got married in
St. Lucia, the chic place for weddings. Church ceremonies can also be
arranged. However, this takes a bit more time to plan than a civil
There are certain legal requirements that have to be completed before
the marriage. These are clearly explained by local lawyers, usually
chosen by your hotel, who will make your application to the Attorney
General for permission to marry in St. Lucia. The application must be
made seven days before the ceremony even though the couple is not yet
in the island.
Original identity papers are required as well as divorce papers and
even death certificates for widows and widowers. For individuals under
eighteen, proof of parental consent must be produced.
The St. Lucian marriage certificate is recognised in most foreign
countries such as the United States and Great Britain. French
nationals, however, must register their marriage with the local embassy.
The demand for weddings in St. Lucia has created a new profession,
that of marriage officer. Each new nomination is confirmed by an act of
parliament. These civil marriage officers follow the vows and the rules
laid down by the Registrar’s office. However, wedding officers will
happily accommodate couples who wish to include a reading from the
Bible in their ceremony.
Photographers and cameramen are available to record the event. Steel
bands and saxophone players will give you music to dance to. Florists
will make your bouquets a jungle of tropical flowers.
If you are still shopping around, try the Internet. Look under St.
Lucia weddings and you will see pages and pages of options to choose
Indeed, there are literally hundreds of ways to say ‘I do’ while the
waves gently brush against the sandy shore at sunset.