Having a destination wedding is an exciting experience, but there is also important information to know to ensure you have a smooth planning process and unforgettable wedding day. Below are fourteen frequently asked questions about having a destination wedding in The Bahamas.
1. Why should I have a destination wedding in The Bahamas?
Having a destination wedding in The Bahamas is an exciting experience for both you and your guests allowing you all to travel to a unique and exotic location. The Abacos are a top spot within The Bahamas and consist of a few small islands called Cays (pronounced “keys”). It abounds with natural, scenic locations and views and has rapidly grown in popularity as a top wedding location. Especially ideal for those that crave a mellow, relaxing atmosphere and fun, easy island hopping and island style activities.
2. What should the attire be for my destination wedding in The Bahamas?
There are no rules to what the attire can be for your destination wedding, whether you prefer a formal look or more relaxed wear. Regardless of where you decide to have your big day, your attire should be a reflection of the overall theme and style of your wedding. Do keep in mind the weather of the location during the time of year you will be saying your “I dos” and plan your attire accordingly in terms of fabrics and styles. Also be sure to inform your guests of your dress code so they can plan accordingly.
3. Should I hire a Wedding Planner?
The first pointer I would recommend to anyone considering having their destination wedding in the Bahamas is to enlist the assistance of a professional from the beginning. There is more involved when planning a wedding away from home than there is having a home based one. Having someone with local knowledge and experience will ease the organization and planning process for the couple.
4. Do I need a Wedding Planner if I am getting married at a venue that has a coordinator?
Many resorts have onsite coordinators that are available to help you both on the day of your wedding as well as leading up to it. However, keep in mind that usually these coordinators have other job titles within the resort as well and will be balancing you along with their other jobs. Also, most coordinators work a five day, eight hour work shift and will not be available at all times. Enlisting the help of a wedding planner will allow full time service for you without any time constraints.
5. What advance preparations need to be done?
There are a few things that need to be done prior to your wedding in The Bahamas to make it legal. Hiring a Wedding Planner beforehand can help ease this process as she can schedule necessary meetings such as an interview and meeting to get your marriage license as well as a meeting with a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace to prove your eligibility to get married.
6. How soon do I need to get my marriage license?
Both the bride and groom need to be in The Bahamas no less than 24 hours prior to the wedding day. It is recommended that you try to arrive at least a week before the wedding, if possible. Not only does this give you ample time to get your marriage license, but it also allows you time to attend to any last minute details before the wedding.
7. How long does it take to get my marriage license?
You should be able to receive your marriage license the same day that you apply. In an instance you are not able to get it on the same day, it usually takes no more than two business days (excluding Bahamian holidays). Your marriage license is valid for three months (ninety days) after the issue date.
8. If I am getting married in the Out Islands, such as Abaco, can I get my marriage license there?
Yes, you are able to apply for and obtain your marriage license directly in the Out Islands.
9. Will my marriage license be legal outside The Bahamas?
Of course! The marriage license is a legal document that is issued by the Bahamian government.
10. Can I use a marriage license that I received outside of The Bahamas?
No, a couple can only use a Bahamian issued marriage license to get married in The Bahamas.
11. Is a marriage license required for a vow renewal?
No, a marriage license is not required.
12. Should I bring my own photographer?
There is no need to bring your own photographer. There are several reputable and highly qualified photographers locally in The Bahamas available for hire and it also saves you the extra hassle of needing to secure a work permit and travel expenses for bringing in your own.
13. How soon should I start planning my destination wedding in The Bahamas?
The sooner you start planning your wedding in The Bahamas, the better! Planning a wedding takes extensive hours and providing yourself ample time to iron out the details will make for a much smoother process. It is suggested a couple plan their wedding 9-12 months out, especially for a destination wedding in order to be able to secure venues and vendors.
14. Is it difficult to travel to The Bahamas?
Getting to The Bahamas is quite easy. It is located less than an hour flight away from all major airports in Florida. All of the Bahamas’ islands are relatively small and close to each other so domestic travel is very quick and easy as well. Regardless of which island you choose to wed on, they are all easily accessible.
These are just a few frequently asked questions and during the course of planning your wedding you will find you may need more answers. If you are planning to get married in The Bahamas or are simply curious of what the process is, please feel free to get in touch and we will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns.