Category Archives: Beach receptions

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Wedding arch with flowing white fabric

DIY a St Thomas wedding

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Guess what Beach Weddings by Deb is changing?

Since we’ve launched our Beach Weddings by Deb website for St Thomas weddings 15 years ago. We’ve been showing the world how easy, exciting and beautiful it is to get married in the U S Virgin Islands.

We have created weddings for over 1000 bridal couples.

Now it is time we retire and move on to new adventures.

In doing so , we’re happy to announce another great leap:

A new, completely designed, DIY eBook with information that will walk you through creating the wedding of your dreams and be cost-effective at the same time.

You will have the opportunity to research and choose the elements for your wedding.

Let me walk with you on the shore

Let me walk with you on the shore

Designed with both ease of use and functionality in mind, the E Book will list the best vendors for everything from cake to flowers.


Who to contact for each of the vendors, locations, advice for time of day, time of year.

Best of all, the vendors listed on this eBook, are not compensating us in any way, shape or form.

That way we can present an unbiased eBook of information.

We are essentially cutting out the middle man.

No more running searches on the internet and hoping if you picked the right vendor.

It is a common practice for vendors to recommend other vendors who in return will pay them a fee.

There are hotels on the island that have an approved vendors list.  To get on the list you must pay a fee.

That is why you are approved, not based on talent or product.


In our book you will find but not limited to. ( Once I get going about wedding I go on and on.)

  • Our selected list of vendors
  • Working with island vendors.  Best way to contact them and when.
  • Learn the ins and outs of what to expect and is possible at venue
  • Which beaches , offer the best specifics for your wedding day.
  • Tips on what to wear and what to expect from this beautiful island of St Thomas.


Each wedding company has its own set of requirements.  Ours has always been the bridal couple comes first.  This is your wedding day.

This E Book will allow you to be as specific as you want to be while creating a beautiful wedding day.

Learn, why knowing about the culture of the island is important to help you plan your day.

  • When to book, how to book your wedding with different vendors.
  • How far in advance
  • How to fill our marriage license and mail it in.  Tips of the trade.
  • How large of a wedding can I plan without a wedding planner.
  • What does island time really mean.

Whether you decide to plan your whole wedding or just pick the options that will save you money.

The choice is yours.

This eBook will detail what to ask your vendors, so there is no miss-understanding on your special day.

It will also detail, what your vendors need to know from you, to be able to plan appropriately.

Steel drummer for your wedding

Find out how to plan your day so no surprises pop up.  How to budget and talk rates with vendors.

Tips on how you, from anywhere can plan a wedding without being here.

Let me tell you a secret, many planners are not even on the island, when planning weddings.  What they do have is a list of tried and true vendors that they can count on.

This is stuff I’ve been slowly and painfully learning for ages and that no one tells you. So I want to tell you. If I had all this information when I started Beach Weddings by Deb it would have been sooo much easier!

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First Dance wedding music

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Wedding first dance music

Planning a  St Thomas wedding in the privacy of your living room.

I have been having a lot of fun with Pinterest, it’s a great format for destination weddings

Pinterest boards from Beach Weddings by Deb

If you are having a wedding,  I suggest you start a Pintrest board. Think of it as a notebook  and start  to add ideas from all over.

If you are just starting the whole process of a destination wedding, I suggest you start here. Begin with a wedding package for a St Thomas wedding

From baking a cake to designing a new house, Pinterest has ideas galore.  If you have not tried it please do.  You will get addicted very quickly.

At the request of a bride, I have been viewing and pinning first dance music.   WOW! What a great way to spend an afternoon!

After wedding ceremony first dance

Pick your song, pick your location then dance

So far I have pinned over forty full versions of  songs.  This could easily become a full-time hobby.

In addition to picking a song for your first dance you have the option is having a live artist play it for you.  We have several Steelpan, Classical Guitar or Violin

St Thomas musicians for a wedding ceremony or reception

Wedding couples first dance at a destination wedding on St Thomas

Romance is just a dance away at a St Thomas wedding.

Not only are these songs great for the first dance at a St.Thomas wedding and reception but for anybody in the mood for a little romance.

Take a peek and let me know if you have a favorite.   I would like to expand this board for all of our listening pleasure.

Pinterest and my beach wedding first-dance-wedding-music/

As you can tell I have quite a few boards, if you would like to contribute and join me on one of my boards,  send an email to

Contact us for more information.  Let me know which board and I will add your name.

In the mean time put on a headset and enjoy.


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Destination Wedding & reception package under $5000.00

St. Thomas Beach Wedding and Receptions.

Whether arriving on  St Thomas for a cruise ship wedding or staying at one of our hotels, a destination wedding  and reception package maybe just the ideal  stress reliever you are looking for.

Since you picked the beach for your ceremony, why not make it a destination wedding and reception package? You already have a  great location to have a reception just steps from the ceremony.

It tends to make your wedding day, a perfect fun and stress free day from start to end.

All you have to do is arrive with family and friends.  This destination wedding and reception package will have all the details for your day planned for you.

First start with a romantic ceremony at waters edge.

A driver will be waiting to pick you up and 15 guest at the cruise ship gate or your hotel.


  • Process your marriage license before arriving on island.
  • All of our officiants are licensed by the U S Government.
  • Create your own vows or use the traditional island vows.
  • Bridal Bouquet and Groom boutonniere from our trusted vendors
  • (2) Certified copies of your marriage license from Court House sent via mail
  • Transportation of you and all guest round trip
  • St Thomas wedding location. Beach wedding location
  • Certified Professional Photography package: one hour of coverage from one of our listed vendors.
Wedding with Arch at Megan's Bay St Thomas

Family and friends help you celebrate with a beach wedding and reception

  • Your wedding beach  here on St. Thomas will combine some amazing backdrops in a natural setting, with most of the decorations provided by Mother Nature!


  • Ocean breezes that filter through the beach wedding reception add coolness to the event, further enhanced by a colorful sunset over the ocean waves.


Want more?  Make it a truly tropical celebrations with upgrades of :

A Solo Steel Pan musician.

Additional bouquets for bridal party.

Wedding arch.

Champagne toast.

Just because the wedding may be a more relaxed affair doesn’t mean you can relax in your planning. It’s still a special occasion that demands expertise.

Our vendors listed in the Do IT Yourself guide will help you with all of the above.  Having the right vendor means having a happy wedding and a disappointment.



Watch for volume 2 of Do It Yourself weddings and receptions on St Thomas.