Category Archives: Destination wedding

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    Destination Beach Weddings

    Video of Real Destination Beach Weddings

    Video Alert below of several beautiful beach wedding examples.

    What about destination beach weddings? How soon after the thrill of getting a ring or being engaged wears off does and the fun of spreading the engagement news dies down. Does the Bridal couples begin the  next step of setting a date and planning a wedding?

    But what type of wedding, formal, informal,adventure, traditional or maybe eloping?

    You will have so many options to explore and debate.

    Over the years we have fielded tons of questions from bridal couples asking a variety of questions.  One of the most popular questions was.   What really are destination beach weddings?  Think about it.  Most people never knew about destination weddings.  Flying to an island to be married on the beach was a concept foreign to many Mid westerners.  Heck it was and still is foreign to many parts of the country.

    We spent major a  part of our introductory conversation with bridal couples convincing them and yes St Thomas, St John are really really part of the United States.

    Yes we take U S dollars and no, a passport is not needed.

    So it came as no surprise to us to answer questions such as:

    • What should I expect a beach wedding to look like?
    • What’s proper for a destination wedding?
    • How formal can I make my beach ceremony?
    • Is it proper to invite guest or not have guest?
    • Is it possible to have a wedding in the tropics relaxing and stress free?
    • Are we going to get robbed? (Well maybe was only asked a couple of times on this one)

    Aside from wedding budget questions, bridal couples need and should have a good sense of what a ceremony on the beach is really like.  So it was an important part of their beginning wedding planning. It is hard to even created a wedding budget until you know what type of wedding  you want.

    It would be terrible to spend money and time, planning the most important day of your life, only to find out, you hate walking on sand, or don’t want the trade winds blowing your veil or salt water is really salty. Maybe destination beach weddings are not you cup of tea.

    If you didn’t like it neither would we .

    Making a bride happy was our goal and is the goal of every wedding planner, photographer, caterer or any wedding vendor.  It has to be, their business depends on it. View video below or if ready view wedding vendors listed in our directory for St Thomas. 

    St John wedding vendors.

    We did a bit of research. Contacted a few bridal couples that we planned their weddings for on St Thomas and St John in the Virgin Islands.

    We inquired why Destination Beach Weddings?

    To our surprise and delight, they talked about our video of past weddings.  As a result bridal couples were viewing the video while exploring options.

    Many of the brides and grooms in this video are still in contact with us.

    We love to see how their life progressed and they love to see our travels.

    I remember as Gary was creating the video, we talked about how these images convey what  St Thomas or St John destination beach weddings should be like.

    A wedding whether it be a destination wedding or a stay at home local wedding. Should be happy carefree and romantic. Because bridal couples should have spontaneous moments where they are living Life that is to be enjoyed moment by moment. Destination beach weddings bring out the happy in couples, the joy of living the life.

    Finally , I hope you get a good idea of what a beach weddings is from our bridal couples enjoying the day.


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    Elopement wedding on Magene Bay St Thomas wedding

    Cheap Destination Wedding Packages for St Thomas

    5 Cheap Destination Wedding Packages  on St Thomas

    I am here to tell you about some affordable, inexpensive, cheap destination wedding packages  for a  St Thomas wedding and how to celebrate your romance and love with an affordable beach wedding.

    If you have been searching for the cheap destination wedding package with the best bang for your buck, look no further. No matter what you call it, the meaning is the same.

    We are going to explore five affordable wedding package options.

    Five different wedding companies, for a St Thomas elopement or renewal.  This information will give you a good idea of the when, where and how to get married and have a honeymoon at the same time. Because where else but in the Virgin Islands can you have a stress free tropical wedding ceremony?

    If you are a bridal couple looking to have a formal wedding and reception with more than 10 guest. Ill be honest, this is not the article for you. Elopements, renewal and intimate wedding ceremonies is the topic here. But knowledge is power and feel free to follow along if you like.

    Start out with the basics of researching a destination wedding.

    Just like the horse and carriage.  Budgets and weddings go together.  You can’t have one without the other. (Who of you just sang that last sentence?).

    Being on a budget does not have to mean a  cheap  destination wedding,  in the sense you are entitled to an affordable wedding package within budget that makes your day and ceremony special.

    But when it comes to planning a romantic ceremony it can be quite time consuming. Destination weddings can be hard to organize, especially if you are working on a tight budget and need an affordable  destination wedding package. Remember there is a difference, at least in my mind,  between cheap wedding package and an affordable wedding package. (Never did like the words cheap wedding Package but it seems to be the new in word).

    cheap destination wedding or Elopement on St Thomas Magans Bay Beach Virgins Islands

    To help couples that are planning an elopement or renewal and just need the basic services, I have compiled a list of basic less expensive wedding packages. These are wedding packages found on St Thomas wedding websites along with the wedding vendors who supplies them.

    These packages are for ceremony only and can usually be for bride, groom  but check to make sure if they include any guests.

    I found five cheap destination wedding packages that are ideal for the budget-conscious couple.

    That very special bridal couple that want to get married with a romantic topical back drop, special memories and intimate ceremony.

    But remember, when looking for cheap destination weddings. Instead of getting stuck on price, focus on the quality of service.  A vendor can have the lowest price and the lowest quality of work too.  A vendor can also promise the stars but delivery is another thing.

    Consider your wedding vendor as part of the team.  Communicate often and openly of what you envision on your wedding day. Check out reviews communicate any concerns.

    As a retired wedding planner that did hundreds of  St Thomas weddings.  I used one of my very popular elopement wedding packages as the criteria of what elements could be included.

    Each of the wedding vendors listed, I am familiar with and know they do an excellent job.

    Just remember take in to account that there may be additional fee’s, such as courthouse marriage license fees which are $200.00 and beach site fee’s $100.00 for public beaches. However ask about the  free  beach wedding sites to choose from too.

    Brewers Bay Beach St Thomas U S Virgin Islands.

    Brewers Bay Beach St Thomas U S Virgin Islands. Great winter sun set wedding venue.

    You can also view the St Thomas wedding venue sites here.

    Flowers, cake and toast and professional photography at ceremony site are offered as an ala-carte or higher priced packages. Get ideas of what you can add to your wedding package here.

    Check with vendor to verify everything you are requesting is included in the package or added to it.

    Check over contract to make sure there are no miscommunications.

    Five Affordable  Cheap Destination wedding packages

    Elements of Wedding PackageFlawless Weddings and EventsSt Thomas Wedding OfficiateIsland Bliss WeddingsWeddings The Island WayIsland Wedding Services
    Court House fee included

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    YesYesNo
    Assistance filling out formsYesNoYesYesYes
    Process applications at courthouseYesNoNoyesNo
    Minister/OfficiateYesYesYesYesYes
    Transportation to courthouse /venueNoAdditional $50.00YesYesYes
    certified copies of marriage license sent to home12211
    Coordinator at ceremonyYesNoYesYesNo
    Wedding day itineraryNoNoYesNoNo
    Unlimited email, telephone supportYesNot statedYesYesYes
    Two witnesses if neededYesNoNot statedyesNot stated
    recorded musicYesNoNoNoYes
    Non-Professional photographyNoNoNoNoYes
    Package includes GuestsNoNo4 people totalNo
    Price$395.00$195.00$595.00$695.00$575.00

     There are several other wedding planning companies on St Thomas but they do not have packages listed. If you have the time check them out also. Vendors can contact me with the information and I will include it.

    As you see I did not put them any order.

    For each couple it is a matter of their own preference whether it be price or elements included.

    To find an affordable,cheap destination wedding package you would like more information on,  just click on the name of the company.

     

     


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    St Thomas Wedding Planners

    5  Beach Wedding upgrades [with photos]

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    5  Beach Wedding Upgrads Worth Adding to a

    Wedding Package

    Oh MY Goodness.  Here are just 5 upgrades that can be added to any wedding package.

    This is soo much fun.  The florist use to say that I took the wind out of their sails. I was so excited about informing bridal couples about what they could have (and in my mind should have ) for up graded items on their perfect wedding day.  They had nothing left to add. ( I always thought that was an exaggeration.)

    If you are a Bride and Groom looking for the perfect beach venue look here.

    If you are a wedding couple looking for a photographer this is the place.

    However if you are looking for ideas to add to your wedding day keep reading right here.

    My 5 best suggestions for upgrades

    1. Wedding cakes served at beach weddings.  A perfect example to add as an upgraded items to any wedding package and a special way to add some memories to your wedding day.  Go wild, pick a cake that you really want. Chocolate? Go for it (I did).  Confetti? I had a few requested and they turned out wonderful. Fruit filling between layers ? That is just yummy. St Thomas and St John of the US Virgin Islands kind of yum.  My point is unless you are really a traditional couple go for the gusto.
    special requested cake for beach wedding

    Special request on this decoration but it worked and the bridal couple loved this extra at the beach wedding on St Thomas

    wedding package for a beach wedding up grade for wedding cake

    Your cake, your beach wedding day. you pick the flavor, the color and the romance.

    2. Arches

    Love the look of bamboo arches.

    Another way to get some tropics in your wedding is to add additional palm fronds or bouquets to your arch.

    They would be upgrades but sure make the images stand out.

    Extra arch and color theme as a up graded items

    An up graded items would be an Arch to build your theme and color choices for a beautiful wedding day.

    Wedding package arch with flowing white fabric

    wedding package bamboo arch upgrade for a St Thomas wedding

    3. Of course what is a toast to good life with out something to toast with.

    who says a toast has to be champagne. Tropical rum punch taste great and was way more  fun. Don’t get me wrong but this wedding package upgrade could just make a fantastic weddings even more fun.

    Wedding package arch with flowing white fabric

    Cannot really congratulate without a toast. Perfect upgrade to add. The coconut shells were really fun! Such a great way to tie in a St Thomas tropical wedding theme.

     

    Sunset beach wedding view of champagne toast and Bridal bouquet

    Beach wedding toast to seal the wedding ceremony

    4 Chairs for guest. It not only gives the guest a place to be but also defines the aisle 

    St Thomas Wedding Planners up graded items for your wedding day.

    St Thomas Wedding Planners up graded items that can be added to any wedding package

    5 My favorite – Up Graded transportation.

    Now anyone can get a limo and everyone does as one of the upgrades. But wouldn’t be fun to change it up a bit?

    Helicopter arrival to a beach wedding

    Wedding package upgrade to a st Thomas beach wedding via helicopter.

    What a surprise for your guest and fun too when you arrive via helicopter. I have also had couples use motor cycle, horse and wave runners. (Not is the same wedding)

    Want to View some Tropical Wall Art? Collect some Tropical Prints of the Virgin Islands? Visit Gary Felton the photographer of this website.


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    Virgin Island wedding package information

    11 Items Virgin Islands Wedding Packages Should Contain

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    11 Items Virgin Islands Wedding Packages Should Contain

    Where to begin! This topic is near and dear to my heart. Virgin Island wedding packages, when I was a wedding planner, were fun for me to create. I loved challenges.

    Especially being a destination wedding planner. It might be different on the mainland but doing St Thomas weddings was a bit more intricate.  There was no face to face meeting with the bridal couples, no looking through images of floral decorations or visiting venues together. Most, if not all the wedding and reception correspondence was done via email and phone conversations.   Basically that is how Virgin Island wedding packages got started in the industry.

    Pintrest did play a part too albeit small.

    However when the details were worked out and travel schedules coordinated, bridal couples were thrilled with the results.

    Depending on the size of your wedding, having a virgin island wedding package could mean all the difference in a stress filled or a stress free wedding day.

    Below is a pretty basic St Thomas package that was pretty popular. We are going to use it as an example of what to you should expect and or what to ask for. The same concepts could be used for a St John beach wedding.

    There as many wedding packages as there are brides on St Thomas and in the future we will discuss the more inclusive ones.

    Think of a wedding package as a item list used for comparing packages among wedding planners or officiates.

    St. Thomas Wedding package

      • Phone consultation, e-mail unlimited.
      • Courthouse applications and instructions for filing.
      • Processing of your after ceremony registration at the Court House and send (2) Certified copies of your marriage license to you home.
      • Itinerary of wedding day from pick up to back to ship or hotel.
      • **Same day -Round Trip transportation for Bride and Groom: To Court House, to ceremony and back to Ship or hotel.
      • Bridal Bouquet and Groom Boutonniere. Brides color choice.
      • US. Licensed Wedding Officiate.
      • Witnesses (2) if needed.
      • Choice of vows
      • St Thomas wedding location. (Location fee not included)
      • Professional Wedding Photography package: To learn more about How to Choose a Photographer look here.
    • A DVD or thumb drive with at least 40 high resolution digital negatives
    • Online Gallery to show family and friends.
    • Photographer’s consultation.

    Here are few questions to ask a planner or to review before engaging a wedding planner.

    What else is needed for this package to have a beach wedding?  The answer should be something as follows:

    • Marriage license for about $200.00.  Unless this is a wedding renewal or you had the real deal take place back at home.
    • Beach location fee.  Magens  Beach and Lindquist (Smith Bay) charge $200.00 location fee and also an entrance fee of $2.00 per person.

    Some Hotel beaches do charge a fee even if staying there, best to check with management before ceremony. I have had guest surprised by location fee added to bill when checking out.  All  hotel beaches are free up to the high tide mark, so unless you want your feet to be planted in the water make sure to check it out.

    There are several beautiful beach venues that are free.  Just remember unless you have a car rental there are transportation fee’s getting to them. Drivers waiting fee and return fee’s.  View St Thomas Beach wedding Venues in our gallery or St John Beach wedding venues here.

    So if on a tight budget figure in the cost of the Virgin Island wedding packages with marriage license and beach location fee.

    Your Wish List!

    Having wedding cake in you Virgin Island wedding packages is just plain fun.

    I love wedding cake served at the beach after a ceremony. It was always kind of a let down to just shake hands and walk away. I love a celebration and it can have two people or two hundred.

    Now the tricky part comes in deciding what is needed and what is wanted or desired.

    Wedding cakes served after ceremony. Yep the bakers here on St Thomas make beautiful cakes for two to 200 or more. Also great for your wedding pictures.

    Toast to congratulate each other or with guest. Nothing like a bottle of bubbly to help cement the ceremony.

    Additional decorations:  such as an arch, flowers petal aisle, larger bouquet than what package supplies or flowers for wedding party.

    Upgraded transportation.  Do you want to ride in the wedding planner or officiates car or upgrade to taxi or limo.

    Do you need everything item listed in most Virgin Island wedding packages?

    Will a funny thing about packages. They are usually created to give the bridal couple the best bang for their buck and still make a profit.  That is why a wedding planner or officiate is in business.

    As a bridal couple you do not have to use any Virgin Island wedding packages however going ala-carte in the long run may cost more money and be more stressful.  If something unforeseen happens. Say the cake takes a dive on its way to your wedding. If you have a wedding package it is up to the wedding planner or officiant to come up with an alternate cake. In addition before I forget, to include it is  up to them to supply utensils and table for the cake.

    So I said it once and Ill say it again.  Sit back, put your feet up and start checking the Wedding packages listed by all of the  St Thomas vendors or St John vendors listed on this directory.

    Want some tropical wall are from the Virgin Islands view this beautiful gallery. 


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    Bride and Groom trash the dress kiss

    Romantic St Thomas US Virgin Islands. [photos show]

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    Romance is in the Water?

    Why are so many bridal couples getting married and having a beach wedding on St Thomas in the Virgin Islands?

    Some say it has to do with the water. Gotta admit Turquoise water and white sand make a perfect Beach wedding venue.

    Romantic kiss after beach wedding ceremony

    Trash your dress? Why not it’s your day! Thomas U S Virgin Islands beach wedding

     

    Love is in the water a wedding ceremony on the beach of St Thomas

    Love is in the water right after a wedding ceremony on the beach of St Thomas

     

    Some say the sunsets are so romantic for a tropical wedding.

    Golden sunsets are sooo romantic

    Golden sunsets are sooo romantic

    But me?  I am kind of partial to the toes in the sand.  that is exactly what a tropical beach wedding on St Thomas U S Virgin Islands should be.

    Megans Bay Beach perfect beach wedding venue

    Arch with flowing fabric at Megans Bay beach a perfect beach wedding venue

     


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    Hans Lollick Private Island

    Helicopter wedding on a private island

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    Virgin Islands Helicopter Weddings

    Have you ever dreamed of a private island for a secluded, intimate, romantic ceremony?  Picture the two of you being whisked away for a helicopter wedding to a pristine tropical palm tree backdrop for your matrimonial experience that will be treasured for a life time
    Stay with me because I have information for one of the most ultimate romantic, adventure weddings possible.
    But first: How does your wedding day begin?

    By you either arriving for a St Thomas wedding via cruise ship or staying on island.

    Arrive to your Private helicopter by comfortable, reliable and stylish limo or Taxi.

    Hans Lollik Helicopter weddings from St Thomas

    St Thomas Virgin Islands Helicopter weddings

    Whether you bring your own officiate picked from our vendor list or have one recommended by Caribbean Buzz your friendly St Thomas Helicopter Company.
    You will not be disappointed.

    St Thomas Helicopter wedding venue

    St Thomas Helicopter wedding venue

    My two cents and words of advice:
    Bring a photographer.

    If you are going to spring for this once in a life time experience, don’t skimp on this.

    Helicopter weddings couple on private island

    Helicopter weddings from St Thomas

    This can be a do it yourself elopement easy enough.

    • The islands are private, beautiful, secluded. However they have no facilities so be prepared.
    • You have options to fly back to St Thomas after ceremony or schedule a later pick up.
    • This would be a great time to have a picnic lunch prepared, wine, blanket, sun screen, and water.

    You might want to bring a change of clothing or bathing suites.

    Or make it completely stress free and hire a wedding planner.

    Beach wedding on a private island Helicopter weddings

    Helicopter weddings to secluded, beautiful beach

    This location is one of the last beaches close to St Thomas where you can find peace and tranquility. No hustle and bustle day charters or cruise ship passengers.
    Do we guarantee it will be private?

    Cannot, but the chances of meeting more than one or two people at the far end of island are a lot better than the crowded public beaches of St Thomas

     

     

     

     

     

     


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