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6 important things to consider when planning your Bahamas destination wedding

There’s nothing like packing your bags, flying to paradise and saying ‘I do’ to the love of your life. However, planning a wedding in a different country also comes with a million options, decisions and questions, so here are 6 things you’ll want to consider when planning your Bahamas destination wedding.

Time of Year

The vision you have for your destination wedding is important. Why? The temperatures in the summer can average 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, making afternoon weddings quite warm. That might mean taking your wedding inside, keeping the outdoor portion of your wedding short or choosing a well-shaded venue. Winter means that the ocean is colder, so also consider this if you’re hoping to dip more than just your toes in the beautiful Bahamian waters.

Time of Day

The time of day you choose is also essential. Early mornings or late evenings, especially in the summer, will help keep you and your guests cool. Banking on some sunset shots? Between April and October, the sun sets later than between November and March, so this will influence the time you’ll want to take your portraits. 

Length of Stay

Did you know that you have to be on Bahamian grounds at least 24 hours before you can apply for your marriage license? It usually takes about two business days to receive the license, so it’s recommended that you give yourself at least three to four days before you can say ‘I do’. 

Marriage Documents

Are you aware of all the documents that are needed for your Bahamas wedding? Since marriages performed in the Bahamas are legal, there are certain documents you will have to produce in order to receive your marriage license and get married. Check out this page for more information about the requirements.

Nassau vs Family Island

The Bahamas is not short of amazing locations and venues to choose from. Do you want to get married in the city or enjoy the retreat of an intimate hideaway in the family island? Consider your options - From pink sand beaches and lush tropical gardens to elegant ballrooms and storybook chapels.

Pre and Post Wedding Events

Are you planning a welcome party for your guests? Or will you opt for a Bahamian themed ‘thank you brunch’ the morning after the big day? From spa days to bachelor(ette) parties, the options are endless. 

Make sure to note these 6 items and keep them at the forefront of your planning process. Happy planning!

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