Category Archives: Virgin Islands Wedding information

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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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    Stress free St Thomas wedding planning

    5 reasons for Planning St Thomas weddings

    Planning St Thomas weddings

    For The past 15 years I had the pleasure of officiating and planning St Thomas weddings for destination brides and grooms. I can tell you it was a thrill and a learning experience.

    Planning St Thomas Weddings

    Planning St Thomas Weddings – Let us help with the petals, you get the guest and we will have a petal toss

    With a goal committed in understanding the perspective of bridal couples and being a generally curious person.  I sent out a questionnaire that they could answer before or after the wedding.

    One of the Questions on it was:

    Why did you choose to have a St Thomas wedding?

    Below are just five of the most popular responses. As you see, there is not really a number 1 answer.  They are all good legitimate reasons.  So in no order of preference here they are.

    1. We were able to plan a more intimate wedding without hurting any bodies feelings. The guest list was limited to family and close friends. Since it was a destination wedding our Business associates, distant or extended family were not invited.
    1. By making the wedding guest list short Tom and I were able to create a wedding that had meaning to us.  No stressing over menu, venue or entertainment to accommodate a large group of people for a formal wedding at home. It is a great way to reduce your guest list.
    1. We wanted our wedding to be different in a nice way. We wanted our wedding to stand out from the typical formal 4 hour event that would be forgotten the next day. A unique wedding, something that we and our guest will remember years from now.
    1. The cost of a wedding at home and a destination wedding far outweighed what we wanted to spend. We found out that we could have a week on a cruise ship or resort including the wedding,with family for what a wedding would cost us at home. Since we were from two different ends of the country the decision was to have quality time with our families before and after the wedding. Doing fun things together that was different from home.
    1. Planning a St Thomas wedding took a bit of letting go. We started planning a wedding at home only to be so consumed with small details, we switched to a St Thomas wedding and let the wedding planner decide on those details. Most of those details were ones that no one would even notice or care about. Our wedding planner discussed the colors we wanted the amount we wanted to spend, kind of food we wanted and ran with it.  We were kept informed, exchanged images and emails but changed very little of what she had arranged. We understood that it was her job planning ST Thomas weddings and our wedding was perfect.  Her advice and suggestions were spot on.(Deb was our Planner)

    Well I have since retired but those responses and thier reasons are still valid. There were a few more but we will save those for another time.

    Especially the one about the couple who didn’t want anyone to know they was getting married. Cant forget the time the groom was promised by his cultural ethnic parents to a bride since he was ten but he had other plans and loves.

    However if you decide you too would like a tropical wedding take a look and compare what the Virgin Islands has to offer for St Thomas and also for St John, the love city islands has some great ones wedding planners.

    Til later


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    St Thomas-ceremony venue

    Where is St Thomas of the U S Virgin Islands?

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    General Information for St Thomas of the U S Virgin Islands.

    Where is St Thomas of the U S Virgin Islands? Find some good to know general information for St Thomas. Be the person who can answer who what when and where..

    • Population of territory: 101,809 (1990 census).
    • Official language: English.
    • St. Thomas: 48,166.
    • St.  John: 3,504.
    • Currency: U.S. Dollar.
    • Citizenship: American.
    • Electricity: 110 volts.
    • Television: NTSC (U.S. standard).
    • Mail service: U.S. Postal Service ~ same postal rates apply.
    • Largest freeport in the Caribbean with $1,200 duty-free allowance.

    St Thomas – 32 square miles of mountain, sun, sand and surf. 13 miles long and 3 miles wide.

    Time Zone: St. Thomas US VI falls into the Atlantic Standard Time, four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and one hour ahead of major east coast cities like New York.

    Driving: Driving in St. Thomas US VI is done on the left hand side of the road, while most cars have their steering wheels on the left-hand side, as in North America

    Greetings are so important in the Virgin Islands. Good morning , good day, good evening is the proper way to greet anyone upon entering a room, taxi or any group.


    We will do our best to find a secluded beach for your wedding

    We will do our best to find a secluded beach for your wedding

    Important wedding planning information

    How to apply for a marriage license on St Thomas

    Information on applying for Marriage license in the U S Virgin Islands.

    Have questions about obtaining a marriage license for a St Thomas wedding or a cruise ship wedding? it’s easy and we are here to help.

    St Thomas is one of the most tropical and beautiful islands in the world – a perfect spot for the beach wedding of your dreams.

    Follow our easy tips to apply for a St Thomas marriage license.

    • No blood test needed
    • No passport needed for a St Thomas wedding or to travel to the U S Virgins
    • No on island waiting period needed.
    • Certified check or money order needed. $200.00 fee
    • Fill out the forms
    • Each couple needs for a wedding on St Thomas to complete both of forms an Application of Marriage and a License and Certificate of Marriage
      Follow these steps to apply for your marriage license.
    • Use your full names and no abbreviations. Document will be notarized by Virgin Islands court.
    • Print out the forms and fill out in black ink or fill out on the computer.
    • All  documents should be sent Express with tracking via U.S. Postal service.
      You must include Court Certified Copies of a Divorce or Death Certificate (if applicable). Court certified copy means that a notarized seal from the courthouse that issued the divorce is on the last page of the Divorce Decree. Do not confuse this with notarized copies; they must have the raised seal from the court house on the last page.

    When picking up your marriage license you will need a picture ID. This is the only time you will have to go to courthouse and it takes about 10 min if processed correctly.

    Each bridal couple must pick up their own marriage license, in person, from the Court house in St. Thomas prior to their wedding day. Please wear street clothing, no shorts,sundresses or swim suits.

    Photo ID is required before the license is released to you.
    You will be asked to sign copies of the license and sign the court house log of wedding applicants.

    You will then receive the applications back to be competed by the officiate .

    Upon completion of the wedding ceremony, the officiate will make sure your witnesses sign the applications.

    They will then deliver the signed applications back to the court house to be notarized by the court official. The certified copies are then mailed to your home address.

    What is the length of Time needed to plan a St Thomas wedding?
    We get that question every day and for each couple it is a different answer based on their plans and circumstances.

    The U S Virgin Islands request to have the marriage documents 8 days prior to the ceremony. How ever we have done it in less time if in the military or under extenuating circumstances.

    Most cruise ship companies require 30 to 90 days, so 8 days is a really nice bonus when in a hurry.

    Many  wedding planners upon request will do short notice elopements and renewals.

    We also have the history of working with vendors that will go the extra mile to help when needed.

    What should the Groom wear to the wedding?
    Remember you are in the tropics.Heat index temperatures can reach over 100 degrees in the summer time.

    I always suggest linen shirts and pants for the men.When getting married on St. Thomas or St. John formal wear, such as tuxedos usually make the groom and his attendants look hot and uncomfortable.

    This causes pictures to be hurried and looking like they had a bad night out. Take a peek at my Pinterest board to get some ideas.

    What should a Bride wear to a St Thomas beach Wedding.
    We say, what ever she wants too. In fact our Pinterest board is loaded with suggestions. Can you tell we are excited about this one too?

    How far in advance do we have to reserve Beach Weddings ?
    The sooner the better, Of course the busiest time is from January through July.

    Where is St Thomas of the U S Virgin Islands?

    Travel info for out of town guests should be given?

    Think about what you’d need to know in order to plan a trip and provide this for your guests so that they don’t need to do lots of legwork: accommodation options (and any negotiated discounts), convenient airports or  driving directions or public transportation options from the airport to your wedding location, etc. If you have guests coming from overseas, it is helpful to provide information about regional airlines or car rental companies as these may differ from country to country

    What if I am arriving by cruise ship?
    St Thomas specializes in cruise ship weddings. Your wedding officiate or wedding planner should have transportation waiting for you at the dock. Your schedule will first include a courthouse, stop to pick up wedding applications in person. From then on,with the help of your vendors everything will be taken care of for you to have the wedding of your dreams at a location of your choosing. Flowers, wedding cake, receptions, tours, day trips can all be arranged by visiting our Vendors list


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